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How many UPC Barcodes do I need? Are UPC Barcodes Different For Each Store?

By Erik Quisling How many UPC Barcodes do I need?  Are UPC barcodes different for each store? These two questions are the easiest of all to answer (though they will require that you have at least 3rd grade math skills). It should now be clear that when you buy UPC barcodes you are creating a simple and convenient way for retailers such as yourself to keep track of inven...

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How to get an Amazon Barcode

One of the most frequent questions we get at Buyabarcode.com is if the UPC barcodes we sell will work at Amazon.  Thankfully, the quick answer to this question is YES.   It is true, however, that buying UPC Barcodes for Amazon has been made a bit more challenging over the years since Amazon has changed its requirements several times. This is due in large pa...

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Why Barcodes Are Used…

By Erik Quisling   One of the most common questions I get asked by new customers looking to buy barcodes has to do with why barcodes are used in the first place? The simple answer is sanity.  Before the advent of the UPC barcode system in the early 1970s, stores only had one way of keeping track of their inventory.  Every day they had to go into their store an...

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Who Created Barcodes? What is GS1? Are they a part of the government?

By Erik Quisling For more than 14 years I have been answering these two questions so let me sum up the answers as clearly as I can. GS1 is not a governmental organization nor does it have any affiliation with the government whatsoever. GS1 is the name of the private company that manages the barcoding system currently used by all retailers around the world. What is immediatel...

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What Type of Barcode Do I Need? What is an EAN Barcode?

It is a very common question I receive every day from those looking to buy barcodes. If you live in the United States or Canada and your product is not a book or a magazine, then you need what is called a UPC-A barcode, also known as UPC codes or UPC’s. All of them refer to the same 12-digit barcode you see on nearly 100% of all products you’ll find in a store. (UPC...

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Are Barcodes and UPC Barcodes the same? What is a Barcode?

Every day I am very fortunate to speak with excited entrepreneurs who can hardly wait to introduce the world to their brand new product. From selling T-shirts and CDs to fishing lures and wine, entrepreneurs all come to me with the same set of questions: What is a barcode? Are barcodes and UPC barcodes the same thing? How do barcodes work? How many barcodes do I need? The...

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What is a Barcode?

Barcodes Explained (Part 1) Every day I am very fortunate to speak with excited entrepreneurs who can hardly wait to introduce the world to their brand new product. From selling T-shirts and CDs to fishing lures and wine, entrepreneurs all come to me with the same set of questions: What is a barcode? How do barcodes work? How many barcodes do I need? The list goes on and o...

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What Type of Barcode Do I Need?

Barcodes Explained (Part 2) Are you in search of what barcodes you need? It is a prevalent question I receive every day when people are looking to buy UPC codes or barcodes. If you live in the United States or Canada and your product is not a book or a magazine, then you need what is called a UPC-A barcode, also known as UPC codes or UPC's. All of them refer to the same 12-di...

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How many UPC Barcodes do I need?

How many UPC Barcodes do I need? Barcodes Explained (Part 3) This question is perhaps the easiest of all to answer (though it will require that you have at least 3rd grade math skills). It should now be clear that barcodes are a simple and convenient way for retailers to keep track of their inventory. With a computerized barcode inventory system, retailers no longer have to...

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What is an EAN Barcode?

Barcodes Explained (Part 4) When asked about EAN barcodes, the questions usually go as follows: What are they? Do I need one on my product? If I already have a UPC do I also need an EAN? If I already have an EAN barcode on my product, do I also need a UPC? Let me start by saying that all barcodes (both EAN and UPC) originate from the exact same source – a private compan...

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What is GS1? Are they a part of the government?

Barcodes Explained (Part 5) For more than 14 years I have been answering these questions so let me sum up the answers as clearly as I can. GS1 is the name of the company that created the entire barcoding system currently used by all retailers around the world. What is often immediately confusing about GS1 is that for the first 30 years of its existence it was known as the Uni...

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Are There Alternatives to GS1?

Yes. Many new companies looking to buy UPC codes for Amazon and countless other retailers want to know if there is an alternative to GS1 as their UPC barcode source.  After all, GS1 has virtually no customer service and is incredibly slow and expensive.  GS1 also charges steep annual fees that never end.  These facts alone reduce most people to tears when trying...

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Who Issues UPC Barcodes?

By The Barcode Guru There are a lot of misconceptions out in the world about where exactly barcodes come from.  Originally, when the barcode process was first created in the 1960s, businesses would just make up their own numbers and put them on their products.  This worked for a long time for managing inventory but eventually as barcode usage became more widespread,...

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UPC Barcode for Jet

  Jet is an online marketplace platform launched in 2015, notable for their purple branding and similar “smiley” face (almost like Amazon). Giving Amazon and other major retailers a run for their money, Jet stands out amongst other marketplace because of their real-time pricing algorithm.   To be approved to sell on Jet’s e-commerce website, there...

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Our UPC Codes Work For Best Buy Retailers

Selling products for giant retailers such as Best Buy marketplace will need to purchase barcodes for each product. Us barcode professionals at Buy a Barcode can explain the process for purchasing UPC barcodes for Best Buy.   Purchasing a UPC (universal product code) is the best way to differentiate the products you are selling. Whether you’re a retail gia...

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Are All Barcodes UPC? What Type of Barcode Do I Need?

By The Barcode Guru If you are new to launching a retail product, there are few things as confusing and frustrating as barcodes.  With an infinite amount of product categories and more than 30 commonly used barcode types, trying to figure out the correct way to barcode your product can reduce anyone to tears.   So allow me to make this as simple as possible for you...

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Best Place to Buy UPC Barcodes

So you have a new product and you just figured out that if you want to sell it in retail stores you’ll need a UPC barcode. After doing a bit of research online, you realize there is a wide range of UPC barcode vendors offering a variety of prices and services.  It’s messy and reduces a lot of people to tears.   Do not fret.  When it comes down to it...

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Buy Barcodes for Beer

By The Barcode Guru   The last several years have seen an explosion in the growth of the beer industry.  New breweries are popping up almost daily along with countless new beer-related products.   At Buyabarcode.com, we have long specialized in assisting young breweries launch their new beverages and to date have helped nearly 200 breweries with their barc...

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GTIN & UPC/EAN Barcodes For Google Shopping

By Erik Quisling Among all the product identifiers used in Google Shopping, GTIN is arguably the most important. GTIN is one of the most commonly talked about identifiers around the world and is necessary for online retailers to learn if they want to see results from their shopping ads.    GTIN is short for Global Trade Identification Number, and each unique GTIN i...

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Do's & Don’ts For Selling On Amazon

By Erik Quisling As Amazon continues to be one of the top marketplaces for ecommerce sellers, there are some things to keep in mind when creating a listing. If you are new to selling on Amazon or need a refresher, here are a few do’s and don’ts that may be useful to know:   The Do’s of Amazon Product Listing:   DO become familiar with the Sell...

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