The answer to that question is no. There are certain retailers that require you to supply a certificate issued to you directly from GS1. The majority of retailers do not require a GS1 issued certificate. As a matter of fact, we only found a few that have this requirement and those include, but is not limited to, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Kroger, Macy’s, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Costco, Fred Meyer, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, and Amazon*. If you plan to sell your products in any of these stores, then you have to get barcodes from GS1. Also, if you are working with any stores that will have you participate in the EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) program, then you must get your barcodes from GS1.
It is your responsibility to check with your retailer(s) to find out what their barcode requirements are before you make your purchase. Speedy Barcodes will not be held responsible if you find out after your purchase that the retailer you plan to work with requires that you have barcodes issued to you by GS1 or that your company name appears in GS1’s GEPIR database. Be sure to read Speedy Barcodes' Return Policy
If your retailer requires a GS1 issued certificate, then you must obtain your barcode numbers directly from GS1.
*Amazon’s website recommends that you obtain your barcodes directly from GS1 and states that they are verifying the validity of a Product ID (UPC code) against GS1’s GEPIR database. This does not necessarily mean that the barcode numbers sold by Speedy Barcodes or any other reseller will not work on Amazon. Be sure to read on for more information.
If you plan to participate in Amazon’s FBA program, EDI program, or their Brand Registry program or list your item as a branded item or if you are trying to list a National Brand item or if you plan to bundle items, then you will need to obtain barcode numbers directly from GS1.
If you decide that you want to try creating your listings with the barcodes that we sell, we would recommend buying a small batch of numbers to try out first to verify that you are able to get your products successfully listed on Amazon before buying bulk quantities. You may also want to join forces with an Amazon Seller Group. These are groups of people that can assist you in in getting your items listed on Amazon successfully. You can find them by doing a search on Google or on Facebook. Also, you do not want to print barcode labels or add the barcode to your product label until you are certain that you will be able to use the barcode numbers that you bought from us.
We disclose all of this to you up front because we have a strict no refunds, no returns policy that can be found by clicking here.