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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...Read More
What Type of Barcode Do I Need? What is an EAN Barcode?
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’...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More