What is a Bar Code?
A bar code, also known as a UPC (Universal Product Code), is simply a unique 12-digit number that allows retailers to easily track sales of your product within their inventory system.
How Does a Bar Code work?
When you go to sell your product at a retailer (i.e. Target, Costco, or Amazon.com), that retailer will have you fill out a product information form.
On that form is where you will put your company and product details as well as your 12-digit UPC bar code number.
The retailer then manually enters that information into their inventory management computer. This way, when they scan your bar code at the register,
it calls up that form in their system and gives you credit for the sale. In other words, the bar code is simply a link between your product and the
product information form you fill out for each store that sells your product.
How do I get the bar code on my CD or DVD?
Once your order the bar code, they'll send it to you in graphical form. You also have a unique number with your bar code. You can take that graphic and add it to your disc
graphic, or the DVD case overwrap graphic.
Will my Bar Code be scan-able?
Yes. As long as the proportions of the bar code are preserved and as long as it is printed at 300 dpi or higher, your bar code will be scan-able.
What are EAN bar codes? Do I really need one?
The EAN bar code system is used outside of the U.S. and Canada and is 13 digits long. It is based upon the 12-digit UPC system with the simple addition of a single number that signifies a country code.
The great thing about having a 12-digit UPC bar code is that it will work in any country in the world. Therefore, if you have a UPC bar code you do not need an EAN bar code.
How many Bar Codes do I Need?
A bar code is simply an inventory tracking tool that retailers use in their computer systems. For example, if you sell two DVDs and a CD, you would want 3 bar codes
Will my Bar Code work for any retail product?
Yes, all retail products in the United States (except for magazines and books) require the same type of 12-digit UPC bar code.
Therefore, whether you need a bar code for your t-shirt, CD, toaster, or whatever it is you are selling, Subdivisions Media, Inc. can be of valuable service to you.
Will my Bar Code work in a country other than the United States?
Yes, the bar code will work anywhere that either UPC or EAN bar codes are scanned - which is most of the modern world.
This includes Canada, Australia, the UK, Europe, Asia, Mexico, South America, the Middle East, and anywhere else that they use bar codes.
Is there any information stored or encrypted within the bars of a UPC bar code?
No. There is no information stored or encrypted within the bars of a UPC bar code. The bars are simply a style of font (called the UPC-A font) that correlates to the 12 numbers beneath the bars.
How Does information get linked to my bar code?
When you go to sell your product at a retailer (i.e. Target, Costco, or Amazon.com), that retailer will have you fill out a product information form. On that form is where you will put your company and product details as well as your 12-digit UPC bar code number. The retailer then manually enters that information into their inventory management computer. This way, when they scan your bar code at the register, it calls up that form in their system and gives you credit for the sale. In other words, the bar code is simply a link between your product and the product information form you fill out for each store that sells your product.
Will a bar code I purchase from 3rd party bar code companies be completely unique to me?
Yes. The bar code you purchase from this web site originates from the U.C.C. and is guaranteed to be unique. You are the only person in the world who can legally use that bar code number.
Do I ever have to pay any Renewal Fees?
No, most 3rd party bar code providers charge a one time fee.
Will my bar code ever expire?
No, your bar code will never expire. Once the bar code is issue to you, it will never be issued to anyone else again and it is yours for life.
Are there any stores where my bar codes will not work?
The bar codes will not be able to be used at either WalMart or Kroger's. This is due to their application process and not to the actual functionality of the bar codes. In the application process for these 2 stores only, they require a copy of your GS1/UCC certificate with your own company's name on it. Unfortunately neither we, nor any other reseller of bar codes, can provide you with this document. If you intend to sell your product at either WalMart or Kroger's, you must purchase your bar codes directly from GS1/UCC to get this document. The bar codes will work at any other stores in the world but these 2 stores.
Can I print my bar code in anything other than black on white?
It is very important that you always maintain a high degree of contrast between you bar code and its background.
Why should I purchase UPC bar codes from 3rd party bar code companies instead of going directly to the U.C.C ?
All bar codes must originate from the U.C.C. However, if you purchase them directly from the U.C.C. you have to buy a minimum of 100 bar codes at a time at a minimum charge of $750. Plus they will additionally charge you an annual renewal fee of at least $150.
If you only need a small quantity of bar codes, you can get exactly what you need from us at a much lower price.
Also, since most of the 3rd party companies joined the U.C.C. before August, 2002, they don't get charged renewal fees by the U.C.C. For this reason
many of those companies don't charge you renewal fees each year either.
Where do I get my Bar Code?
- ezupc.com - low cost (about $20.00), but we have not tested their services.
- buyabarcode.com - (higher cost) Much of the information on this page was found on buyabarcode.com, a great source of information.
- upccode.net - another good purchase a bar code company.