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Facts About Barcodes?

Who is the Governing Agency over barcodes?
There’s not one. 

Who is GS1?
They are a non-profit association that sells new barcode numbers.  Click here to view GS1’s Disclaimer/Copyright on their website.  (a new window will open).

Can I outright buy barcode numbers from GS1?
No, basically you will be “renting” the barcode numbers.  GS1 charges renewal fees every year.

What happens to my barcode numbers if I do not pay the renewal fees?
They will no longer be assigned to you.  GS1 will wait a certain length of time, currently 4 years per their website, before “renting” them to someone else.

Why do some companies require a GS1 certificate and some do not?
What we have found is that the majority of these companies that require the GS1 certificates belong to the GS1 Management Board Members; therefore, that is why they want you to purchase your barcodes directly from GS1.  Click here to view the list of GS1 Management Board Members as listed on GS1’s website (a new window will open).

Here’s a thought to ponder, if GS1 is a non-profit association what do they do with the revenue that they bring in?

A UPC barcode can be called a UPC, a UPC-12, a UPC-A, or a Universal Product Code. 

It is 12-digits long.

It was originally created for use in the United States and Canada.

It consists of lines (bars) and numbers.

There is no information about you, your company, your product, or pricing information hidden in the barcode.

Your product and your UPC code will become associated with each other when you provide your barcode and product information to the stores that will be selling your products or when you create your listing online with Amazon, CD Baby, iTunes, or any other online stores.

You will need a barcode for each of your products. 

You can use the barcode an unlimited amount of times as long as it is on EXACTLY the same product.

If you change anything about your product (color, size, scent, shape, quantity) it becomes a different product and you need a different barcode.  Think about this, when you go to a store and look at the barcode on a box of cereal it will have a barcode number.  When you pick up a bigger box of the same brand and flavor of cereal it will have a different barcode number because you have changed box sizes.  If you go one step further and pick up another box that’s the same size, but contains a different flavor you will see it have a different barcode from the other two.

When you buy multiple UPC Barcodes all at one time they are given to you in consecutive order.

The 12th digit of the barcode is random because it is a check digit that is calculated based on the other numbers of your UPC Barcode.

If you buy more UPC Barcodes than you currently need, you can hold on to them and use them when you are ready.

The UPC Barcodes that you buy from Speedy Barcodes do not expire.  They do not have an expiration date.

No other registration is needed.

Speedy Barcodes keeps a database of all barcodes sold along with the information of who they were sold to - to ensure that no numbers are ever duplicated.

All of the UPC Barcodes that Speedy Barcodes sells are legal and legitimate numbers that were issued by GS1 (formerly known as the UCC) prior to August 28, 2002.

There are a few companies that will not accept barcodes from resellers.  The truth is that the majority of the stores do not care where you get your barcode numbers from as long as you legally own them.  However, there are a few larger retail stores (such as Wal-Mart) that require you to purchase them from a company called GS1.  See our Barcode Questions page for a listing of those stores.

An EAN barcode can be called an EAN, EAN-13, GTIN-13, or European Article Number that has been renamed to International Article Number,

It is 13-digits long.

It was originally created for international use.

It consists of lines (bars) and numbers.

There is no information about you, your company, your product, or pricing information hidden in the barcode.

Your product and your EAN code will become associated with each other when you provide your barcode and product information to the stores that will be selling your products or when you create your listing online with Amazon, CD Baby, iTunes, or any other online stores.

You will need a barcode for each of your products. 

You can use the barcode an unlimited amount of times as long as it is on EXACTLY the same product.

If you change anything about your product (color, size, scent, shape, quantity) it becomes a different product and you need a different barcode.  Think about this, when you go to a store and look at the barcode on a box of cereal it will have a barcode number.  When you pick up a bigger box of the same brand and flavor of cereal it will have a different barcode number because you have changed box sizes.  If you go one step further and pick up another box that’s the same size, but contains a different flavor you will see it have a different barcode from the other two.

When you buy multiple EAN Barcodes all at one time they are given to you in consecutive order.

The 13th digit of the barcode is random because it is a check digit that is calculated based on the other numbers of your EAN Barcode.

If you buy more EAN Barcodes than you currently need, you can hold on to them and use them when you are ready.

The EAN Barcodes that you buy from Speedy Barcodes do not expire.  They do not have an expiration date.

No other registration is needed.

Speedy Barcodes keeps a database of all barcodes sold along with the information of who they were sold to - to ensure that no numbers are ever duplicated.

All of the EAN Barcodes that Speedy Barcodes sells are legal and legitimate numbers that were issued by GS1 (formerly known as the UCC) prior to August 28, 2002.

There are a few companies that will not accept barcodes from resellers.  The truth is that the majority of the stores do not care where you get your barcode numbers from as long as you legally own them.  However, there are a few larger retail stores (such as Wal-Mart) that require you to purchase them from a company called GS1.  See our Barcode Questions page for a listing of those stores.

Our barcodes work perfectly for the companies shown below and many others.
All barcodes were originally issued by UCC/GS1-US.
itunes barcodes
ebay barcodes
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