Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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please see our Difference Between UPC-A and EAN-13 Page for more details.
1. Barcodes are used for obtaining the price of the product when scanned at the checkout.
2. Barcodes are used for keeping track of stock and deciding when to reorder an item.
This means that if the retailers only use barcodes for option 1, you can get away with having the same barcode for 2 product variations (i.e. different colours of the same product), however, if the retailer uses barcodes for option 2 as well, then a different barcode will be required for each product variation.
In general, retailers prefer to stock products that will be straightforward to manage. Some retailers may prefer not to stock products if they have to manually count how many are left of each size and reorder accordingly. Therefore it is recommended that you have a different barcode for each variation.
We can also arrange independently accredited verification reports which mean that our barcodes are accepted by more stores than any other retailer
For more information on which stores do not accept our barcode and which require verification reports, please see Barcode Acceptance.
Our barcodes are currently being used in the following countries worldwide: Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Channel Islands, China, Cook Islands, Curacao, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Republic, East Timor, England, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, the World, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Rarotonga, Rwanda, Singapore, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sultanate of Oman, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, UAE, Uganda, UK, USA, Vanuatu, the World, Wales, Zambia
This list is expanding all the time so please let us know if your country is not on the list and we can check if it is a recent addition. Or, you could be the first.
1. Cheap Barcodes – 1 Barcode Package starting at $39 USD and getting cheaper
2. No Ongoing fees – the barcodes are sold for a one-off cost so you only pay once
3. Barcode Images Provided – we also provide high resolution (600 dpi) barcode images in 4 different formats (Bitmap, eps, Tiff, Jpeg, and PDF) for your convenience
4. No compulsory membership – These include time-consuming forms and money consuming fees
5. Quick Service – you will either receive your barcodes immediately (If you order a retail barcode) or within 12 hours. We can speed up service if you require something urgently.
6. Can provide accredited verification reports – we can provide independently accredited verification reports which mean that our barcodes are accepted by more stores than any other reseller.
Please see ‘why buy from us‘ for more information on this.
In the late 1990s, the UCC merged with GS1, becoming GS1-US. As part of this change, they decided to start charging annual license fees for all of their members, including those who had paid a one-off fee for barcode numbers in the 1990s. Of course, many of these members weren’t happy with the new annual license fees, and so a group of them ended up in a class-action lawsuit with GS1. The members won in the courts in the early 2000s, resulting in a multimillion-dollar settlement by GS1. A further consequence of this court case is the proof that the original numbers issued by the UCC in the 1990s are outside of GS1s control now, and hence no license fees are required. These are the numbers are bought by resellers and onsold. They are ‘new’ numbers, in that they have never been used on a retail product, and are part of the GS1 system.
If you have any other questions please feel free to contact us. If you are ready to purchase your barcodes you can do this here. Or see our International Barcodes site for individual barcode numbers and other options.