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When online shopping some sites default to a different zipcode

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I have noticed over the months that when going to websites like walmart and homedepot, etc, the site automatically makes my default store in Russellville, AR., I have no idea why but it does concern me. Now this is also over various builds and OS installs. I used to think that it did this because of pirate Windows 7, but I have a legitimate copy now, so that can't be it. I would like to find out why it does this, it is quite discomforting.
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I have noticed over the months that when going to websites like walmart and homedepot, etc, the site automatically makes my default store in Russellville, AR., I have no idea why but it does concern me. Now this is also over various builds and OS installs. I used to think that it did this because of pirate Windows 7, but I have a legitimate copy now, so that can't be it. I would like to find out why it does this, it is quite discomforting.



I.P and cookies maybe
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That's what I was thinking. So if I view a site in private browsing that will disable all cookies right?
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That's what I was thinking. So if I view a site in private browsing that will disable all cookies right?

Yes it should. It could also be your I.P tongue.gif
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Usually sites will reference your IP against some geolocated entry. This can be inaccurate in a lot of cases and they will just assume you're somewhere else.

When I had cable service from Adelphia and lived in Virginia, those kinds of services always pointed to Pennsylvania. It may just be where they are backhauling the traffic to.

I wouldn't worry about it too much, although it can be mildly irritating having to manually specify location sometimes.
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