Speedy Barcodes is a legitimate barcode number issuer.

All of the numbers we sell were issued by the Uniform Code Council (UCC), currently known as GS1, and all of the numbers were purchased prior to August 28, 2002.

Speedy Barcodes sells legal and legitimate barcode numbers.

All of the barcode number sells were originally issued by the UCC (Uniform Code Council), known today as GS1, and were issued prior to August 28, 2002. That date is important because that's when GS1 started sending out renewal notices demanding that past prefix holders pay renewal fees and agree to the new terms and conditions. Eventually, a class action suit was filed against GS1, in the State of Washington, and GS1 lost. All prefix owners prior to August 28, 2002 became discharged from any GS1's renewal fees and a new codified agreement. The settlement agreement indicates that if a prefix holder paid a membership fee to the UCC prior to August 28, 2002, the prefix holder will be entitled to perpetual membership in the UCC and not be obligated to pay annual renewal fees to the UCC, either now or in the future. Also, the Terms and Conditions of the original ownership agreement with the prefix holder and the UCC, was deemed null and void. All of the barcodes sold by are included in the terms and conditions as stated above and therefore, all of our barcodes are legal and legitimate.

Speedy Barcodes has been verified and approved by George Laurer.

George Laurer developed the Universal Product Code (UPC) in 1973 when he was an engineer at IBM. His website, Authenticated UPC Registration Directory, has a list of companies that he has checked out and verified that they have the legal rights to sell barcode numbers. Click here to visit the Authenticated UPC Registration Directory (a new window will open).

Our website is fully automated.

This means that you can place an order at any time, day or night, and your barcode package will be ready for you within minutes! You don't have to wait for us to manually process your order.

We offer the lowest prices for barcode numbers on the Internet.

We have a vast amount of barcode numbers in our inventory and we feel that they should be priced low enough that everyone can afford them. The other companies have a limited amount of numbers; therefore, they charge as much as they can for the ones they have because once they sell out they're done.

Your barcodes will never expire.

There's no expiration date.' They will always belong to you.

There's no renewal fees.

You pay for your barcodes once and that's it. There are no additional fees and no hidden costs.

There's no registration needed.

No product information is needed.

You do not have to tell us what products you will be assigning your barcodes to.

Speedy Barcodes keeps an up-to-date database of all divided barcode prefixes to ensure than no barcode numbers are ever duplicated.

Information such as the name that the barcodes are transferred to, purchaser's name, company name, address, telephone number, email address, and any other pertinent information.

We have sold of these barcodes without any issues.

We guarantee our numbers.

I still need help! Can a Speedy Barcodes representative help me?

Our experienced customer service team welcomes the opportunity to speak with you about your unique situation. Call us now! Toll free (888) 511-0266.

Our Hours of operation are 9:00am to 5:00pm MST. If you need assistance after hours, please send an email to and we will contact you within 24 hours. Thank you!

How do I purchase barcodes from
It's as easy as 1, 2, and 3!!!

  1. Go to the “HOME PAGE” of
  2. Click on “BUY NOW” select “UPC/EAN Barcodes” and choose the quantity needed and click “Add Barcodes to Cart”.  You will then be directed to the shopping cart page.  Confirm the quantity you are purchasing is correct and click “Proceed to Checkout”.  You will need to login with your username or password that you used to set up your account along with your password.  Don't have a login?  Click the button to register an account.  Enter the name you want to show on your Certificate of Authenticity (remember, this is your proof of ownership), verify that the address on the left is the billing address associate with either your credit card or your PayPal account, check the box on the right to indicate the shipping address is the same as the billing address (remember, we are not physically shipping anything to you when you buy barcodes).  Select your payment type and complete the appropriate fields.
  3. After you place your order you will receive an E-Mail letting you know that your barcode package is ready for download in your account center at

What do I do after my order is complete?

First you need to go to My SpeedyBarcodes Dashboard.

Click Download Order.

Save the zip file to a place on your computer where you will know where it is at.

Once the file is saved, locate the file and extract it.  If you did not change the name of the file it will be named as your order number.

    • Inside the unzipped file there are some PDF documents.  There's your Certificate of Authenticity, a Read me First!! document, a Printed Barcode Label Pricing guide, and a Printed Barcodes Order Form for your review.  There's also two files:  EAN-13 and UPC-12.  That's where your barcode artwork and barcode number(s) lists are located.
      • EAN-13 – All artwork files that start with a “0” are called EAN-13.  This barcode format is only to be used if your products are physically being sold outside of the United States and Canada.

      • UPC-12 - All Artwork files that start in a “6” or “7” are called UPC-12 or GTIN-12 files.  This barcode format is only to be used if your products are being sold in the United States and Canada.  This is the preferred format for listing products on and for selling products online through websites.

    • In both the EAN-13 and UPC-12 folders there are three folders labeled as EPS, JPG, and PDF.  These files are where you can find the digital barcode artwork.

      • EPS – Professional graphics program that you will not be able to open unless you have a professional graphics program.  Give this to your graphic designer.

      • JPG – This is for you to visually see the barcodes that you purchased.  You can also use this file for your printing needs or to import into your label artwork.

      • PDF – This is for you to visually see the barcodes that you purchased.  You might be able to use this file for your printing needs.

&nbnbsp;If you happen to make a mistake and use the EAN-13 instead of the UPC-12, it should work everywhere because of the Sunrise 2005 Industry Initiative. As of January 1, 2005, all North American retailers and trading partners that scan Universal Product Codes (UPC) should have expanded the data structures associated with the UPC to a 13-digit field length to process EAN-13 symbols.

The Certificate of Authenticity is included.  This is your proof of ownership.  It also means that your barcodes are unique, only one of its kind and your barcodes are for your sole, exclusive use.

The UPC and EAN lists are provided to you in both UPC and EAN formats.  The Excel and PDF spreadsheets contain all your numbers and check digits, the last (12th or 13th) digit (UPC 12th & EAN 13th). The PDF Spreadsheet is permanent, cannot be modified, but the Excel spreadsheet is perfect for you to use to create your items list for your vendors or retailers. You will need this list to give to your resellers (retail stores). The list should include, but not limited to, your assigned barcode number, product description, your selling price, your suggested retail price and any other pertinent information that would be useful to the wholesaler or retailer, like colors, sizes, etc.

What is Speedy Barcodes return policy?

Once your order has been processed, the barcode numbers are immediately assigned to you and they become your property.  We have no way of cancelling out your order or returning them to our database.  Barcodes are a controlled product that we guarantee, and we would have no way of determining if you had or had not used any of the numbers you might be attempting to return.  We do guarantee that you will receive all of the barcodes that you purchased, that the barcodes are only assigned to you, that all of your barcode numbers will be legal and legitimate, and that we stand behind our numbers.  ABSOLUTELY NO RETURNS OR REFUNDS.

All of your barcode numbers.

You will be able to download them directly from your Speedy Barcodes account within a very few minutes!

Both the UPC (for the United States & Canada) & the EAN (for the rest of the world) formats of your numbers for the same price.  The barcodes are scannable throughout the world.

A Certificate of Authenticity. This is your proof of ownership. It will show that we have transferred ownership of the barcodes you purchased from Speedy Barcodes to you or your company.

An Excel & PDF spreadsheet of your barcode numbers. You can personalize this spreadsheet to provide your company and product information to all of your vendors or resellers.

Digital barcode artwork for all of your barcode numbers in EPS, JPG, and PDF formats for no additional charge.

You can use the artwork to create your own labels or for printing directly on your product packaging.

We offer the lowest prices on the Internet.

Our 115% guarantee is unmatched!

What is the turnaround time to receive my barcode numbers and my digital barcode artwork?


Our server batches all orders and releases them every 2 minutes. So it is safe to say that your order will be ready for download through your Speedy Barcodes account within minutes.
Here is a general idea of how long it will take for the barcode package to be ready for downloading:

1 to 999 barcodes it will take approximately 4 minutes

1,000 to 9,999 barcodes it will take approximately 4 to 10 minutes

10,000 to 100,000 it will take between 15 minutes to an hour

Larger orders take a few minutes longer to generate.  When your order is ready, you will receive an email advising that your barcode package is ready to be downloaded.

Where do I go to download my barcode package?

Simply go to, log in with either the username or email address that you used to set up your account along with your password and click login.  You will be taken directly to your account center.  Look for the date that you purchased the barcodes and click the Download button.

How do I download my barcode package?

When you click on the Download link a box will appear allowing you to open or save the files.  Select “Save” so you can save the package to your computer.  Make sure you select where you want to save the file so you will be able to locate it when you are ready to use it.

I need to download my barcode package again, but it says Regenerate instead of download.  What does that mean?

It means that it has been more than 90 days since you purchased your barcode numbers.  All you have to do is click the regenerate order button and your order will be recreated.  It will take a few minutes depending on the size of the order.

Is there a charge to Regenerate my order?

No, there is no charge to regenerate a previously purchased barcode package.

Will Regenerate place a new order?

No, regenerate order will only recreate an order that you purchased in the past.  It will not create a new order.  To place an order you need to click on the Buy Now button at the top of the page.

How many barcode numbers do I need to purchase?

It is recommended to purchase more than you need.  The more you buy at one time, the lower the price and if you suddenly need an additional barcode you will already have it. This avoids paying higher prices for smaller quantities in the future.

Rule of Thumb: Every different product requires its own UNIQUE barcode number. Any time you change one thing about your product (color, size, scent, shape, quantity, etc.) it becomes a different product and needs its own barcode number.

You should make up a merchandise list for your Retail Stores or sources you sell to, you can personalize the spreadsheet we’ve included in the barcode package for this purpose. You will need this list to give to your resellers (Retail Stores). The list should include, but not limited to:  your company information, your assigned barcode number, product description, your selling price, your suggested retail price and any other pertinent information that would be useful to the wholesaler or retailer, like colors, sizes, etc.

Are there any stores (retailers) that will not accept barcode numbers sold by or any other barcode reseller?

Yes, certain retailers require that you supply a certificate directly from GS1. It is your responsibility to inquire with your retailers or resellers if they require a certificate from GS1. The majority of the companies do not require a certificate from GS1. As a matter of fact, we only found a few that do require a Certificate from GS1 which include, but not limited to, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Kroger, Macy’s, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Costco, Fred Meyer, and Bloomingdale’s.  Also, if you are working with any stores that participate in the EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) program then you must buy your barcodes from the company GS1.

If your retailer does require a GS1 Certificate, then you must purchase your Barcodes directly from GS1.

What size are the barcodes when I receive the digital artwork for them and can I change the size?
We send the digital artwork to you at 100% that is what it is called when it is approximately 1.5” x 1”. If you have to change the size, the width should never go below 80% or 1.2”, but the height can be truncated down as small as you want, but we would recommend not going below .25”. If you have the room or space, it is recommended that you don’t change anything and use the barcode as we send it to you. The EPS file that we send to you should be used in all your graphic designs. Unless you have the correct Graphic Programs you will not be able to open the EPS file, but you should be able to open the JPG and PDF files for your viewing pleasure. For best reproduction results, the EPS file should be forwarded to all your professional people doing designs and layouts for you. They will have the Graphic Programs to work with and open the EPS file.

Do I need to register my barcode numbers?

Once you purchase your Barcode Numbers from, there is NO FURTHER REGISTRATION PROCESS. Those are your unique numbers and only YOU decide what product to assign them to. There is no further required or mandatory worldwide registration.

Why doesn't my company name come up when I scan my barcode with a smartphone?

You need to get your barcode and your product associated with each other.  You do this by listing your product on Amazon or any online listing service and you can contact the company that created the smartphone app to get listed in their database.  Until that happens, the app will get the information directly from GS1’s GEPIR Database.  This information is out of date because GS1 refuses to update their database with the current owner’s information for each barcode.

Is my price or other information in my barcode?

There is NO INFORMATION encoded in the bars except the number you visually can read below the barcode. This is called a HUMAN READABLE BARCODE. This UPC-A (12 digit number) or EAN-13 (13 digit number) is entered, from the list you create, into your resellers or retail stores computers (their database). In their computer, they associate, with this unique barcode, their retail price and product description (if necessary or wanted). For the same barcode number, each store will put their own price in their own computer for the barcode number scanned. NO PRICE or any other information is in the barcode, it is in YOUR CUSTOMER'S computer, associated with your unique barcode number, which creates a PRICE and other information.

Is there a prefix associate with my barcodes?

NO! When you purchase a barcode from you are purchasing only the individual Unique Number, not the Prefix. Years ago, a prefix that was purchased from GS1 and was called a manufactures number and it was only 6 digits long. Today, if you want to purchase a prefix and have it registered in your name, it must be purchased from GS1. The Prefix can be from 6 digits to 9 digits long, maybe 10 digits today, cost between (approximately) $165.00 to around $10,000.00 or higher and you will pay additional Annual Fees of $150.00 to $1,500.00 every year until you stop using your numbers. These figures aren’t accurate, but close because GS1 bases all charges on how many barcode numbers you want and the size or sales volume of your company. The prices are also constantly changing.

Should a barcode be printed in black and white only?

If you can, try to print in black and white for the best results. All scanners look for contrast between the bars and the spaces. You can use some darker colors like brown, dark blue and dark green, but NEVER USE RED, light colors or pastels for the bars. A white background should always be used.

Can I print my own barcode labels?

Yes, as long as they are printed on a laser printer or with a special barcode printer.  If you try to print them on any other type of printer they will not come out crisp and clean enough to be scannable and you take a chance on having the image smear.

Does Speedy Barcodes offer label printing?

Yes, we do!  Click here for more information.