In the current format each bar code can be printed directly (at 300 dpi or greater) or placed into your artwork. If you re-size the bar code, make sure it is a minimum of one inch in length from the left edge of the left bar to the right edge of the right bar. The height of the bar code can be cropped as short as you wish to make it.
HOW DOES MY BAR CODE WORK?:
A UPC bar code is simply a unique 12-digit number that no one else has. There is no information actually contained or encrypted in a bar code and there is no official central database of bar codes and their associated products. When you go to sell your product at a store, that store will have you fill out a product information form on which you place your company and product details as well as your bar code number. They enter that into their inventory management system and that way, when they scan your product, it calls up that form in their system.
For Kroger’s / Wal-Mart / Target / Lowes / Home Depot / Federated customers only:
In the application process for these stores only, they require a copy of your GS1/UCC certificate with your own company’s name on it. Unfortunately, neither we, nor any other reseller of bar codes, can provide you with this document. You must purchase your bar codes directly from GS1/UCC to get this document. The bar codes will work at any other stores in the world but these stores. So if you intend on selling your products at these stores, we apologize for any inconvenience to you and will refund your money within 21 days of your purchase. Please feel free to call if you have any further questions.
Tel: (888) 446-CODE
Non-U.S. Tel: (310) 927-1644
Yes, the barcodes work for Amazon. There is a great deal of bad information about UPC barcodes and Amazon’s requirements in various Seller Forums. To be very clear, the barcodes we sell will work perfectly fine on Amazon. Cross-checking with the GS1 database is not something Amazon automatically does. This only occurs if you select an advanced option AFTER you list your products that says “Create My Own Brand.” If you select that option, they offer cross-checking the GS1 database as one of 4 possible ways to verify your brand ownership. For some reason, Amazon has chosen to use misleading language on their website and it is causing a lot of unnecessary concerns. If you simply do not check the advanced option of “Create My Own Brand” you will not have any issues whatsoever.
Yes, all retail products in the United States (except for magazines and books) require the same type of UPC barcode. Whether you need a barcode for your t-shirt, CD, toaster, or whatever, our barcodes will work for you.
When you go to sell your product at a retailer (e.g., Target, Costco, or Amazon.com), that retailer will have you fill out a product information form. On that form is where you will put your company and product details as well as your 12-digit UPC barcode number. The retailer then manually enters that information into their inventory management computer. This way, when they scan your barcode at the register, it calls up that form in their system and gives you credit for the sale. In other words, the barcode is simply a link between your product and the product information form you fill out for each store that sells your product.
No. There is no information encrypted within the bars of a UPC barcode. The bars are simply a style of font (called the UPC-A font) that expresses the 12 numbers beneath the bars.
Yes, the barcode will work anywhere that either UPC or EAN barcodes are scanned – which is most of the modern world. This includes Canada, Australia, the UK, Europe, Asia, Mexico, South America, the Middle East, and anywhere else that they use barcodes.
The EAN barcode system is used outside of the U.S. and Canada and is 13 digits long. It is based upon the 12-digit UPC system with the simple addition of a single number that signifies a country code. The great thing about having a 12-digit UPC barcode is that it will work in any country in the world. Therefore, if you have a UPC barcode you do not need an EAN barcode.
All barcodes must originate from the U.C.C. However, if you purchase them directly from the U.C.C. you have to buy a minimum of 100 barcodes at a time at a minimum charge of $750. Plus, they will additionally charge you an annual renewal fee of at least $150. Our company has already purchased the barcodes in bulk from the U.C.C. and we simply sell them off one at a time. This way, if you only need a small quantity of barcodes, you can get exactly what you need from us at a much lower price. Also, since we joined the U.C.C. in 1999, which is before they started charging renewal fees (August, 2002), we don’t have to pay renewal fees – and neither do you!
We give you a full refund if you decide within 21 days that don’t want the barcode. Beyond 21 days, all sales are final and non-refundable.
Yes. As long as you preserve the proportions of the barcode that we e-mail to you and as long as you print the barcode at 300 dpi or higher, your barcode will be scannable.
No. All of our barcode fees are one-time only and you never have to pay any renewal fees or future fees of any kind. Because we joined GS1 / U.C.C. in 1999, before they started charging renewal fees (August, 2002), we don’t have to pay renewal fees. Therefore, you don’t have to pay renewal fees.
You can contact our customer service at 888-446-2633 to access the site as a returning customer. You will be asked to provide a barcode number you previously purchased. We will then give you a one-time special code so that you can use to obtain your returning customer benefits and create a new profile. Once your new profile is created, you will then be able to associate all your previously-purchased and new barcodes to a single, easy-to-manage account.
A barcode is simply a unique 12 or 13-digit number that allows retailers to easily track sales of your product within their inventory system.
When you go to sell your product at a retailer (e.g. Target, Costco, or Amazon.com), that retailer will have you fill out a product information form. On that form is where you will put your company and product details, as well as your 12-digit UPC barcode number. The retailer then manually enters that information into their inventory management computer. This way, when they scan your barcode at the register, it calls up that form in their system and gives you credit for the sale. In other words, the barcode is simply a link between your product and the product information form you fill out for each store that sells your product.
A barcode is simply an inventory tracking tool that retailers use in their computer systems. For example, if you sell a t-shirt that comes in one color and 3 different sizes you would need to buy 3 barcodes. This way, if one of the sizes is selling faster than the others, the store will be able to tell instantly which one needs to be replenished without having to do a manual shelf count.
The barcodes may not be accepted by Target, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Federated Group or Kroger’s. This is due to their application process and not to the actual functionality of the barcodes. In the application process for these six stores only, they require a copy of your GS1/UCC certificate with your own company’s name on it. Unfortunately neither we, nor any other reseller of barcodes, can provide you with this document. If you intend to sell your product at either Walmart or Kroger’s, you must purchase your barcodes directly from GS1/UCC to get this document. The barcodes will work at any other stores in the world but these six stores.
Yes. The barcode you purchase from this web site originates from GS1 and is guaranteed to be unique. You are the only person in the world who can legally use that barcode number.
No, your barcodes will never expire. Once the barcodes are issued to you, they will never be issued to anyone else and they are yours for life.
Yes, just be sure that you maintain a high contrast between your barcode color and the background color.