Frequently Asked Questions
Need more information? Find the answers to the frequently asked questions about barcodes from our customers. If you still can’t find an answer to your question, then please email us.
If you want, you can also arrange to get barcode labels printed to be manually stuck onto your product. Talk to label printers in your area to arrange this.
For more information: Our barcode numbers were assigned by UCC (now called GS1-US) to manufacturers in the USA in the early 1990s before GS1-US had started charging membership fees. When GS1-US introduced annual membership fees in the early 2000s, these manufacturers refused to pay & took GS1 to Court. The manufacturers succeeded, winning an out-of-court settlement of about $4,000,000 USD. Under the terms of the settlement, these manufacturers owned their barcode numbers & did not have to pay any membership fees to GS1. Some of these manufacturers had large quantities of unused barcode numbers, so they sold some of them to other companies. This is where our barcode numbers come from.
- Low-cost quality barcodes
- No ongoing annual fees
- FREE barcode graphic included
- No membership requirements
- You are the legal owner of your barcodes
- Instant delivery of EAN, UPC, ITF and ISBN barcodes (not ISSN or QR)
- We offer other barcode services, including pallet codes.
- Exceptional customer support
- Our team has many years of experience supplying barcodes to customers internationally.
Please see ‘Why buy from us‘ for more information.
Both versions are for international use. However, UPC-A Barcodes are far more common in the USA, and EAN-13 Barcodes are far more common everywhere else. This means some retailers may be unfamiliar with one format or have their system set up to not accept 13-digit or 12-digit numbers. Regardless of this, either format functions.
As shown in the image below, the actual bars of the UPC-A format barcode and the EAN-13 format barcode (with a leading ‘0’) are identical. This means that they will scan in the same way regardless of which country they are in. If a retailer’s system does not allow 13-digit numbers, the leading ‘0’ can be ignored when typing the number into the system, and the barcode will work in the same way as if it were a UPC-A format barcode. Similarly, if 13 digits are required, a ‘0’ can be added to the beginning of the UPC-A barcode to turn it into an EAN-13. Either way round, the barcode will be globally unique and legal for use internationally.
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