Q. What is a UPC code / EAN code?

A. UPC stands for Universal Product Code, a 12-digit barcode which allows retailers to manage sales and inventory of a product. UPC codes are required for all general use products in the United States and Canada. EAN codes are a 13-digit barcode valid in all countries. The specific type of barcode graphics that we provide are UPC-A (12 digit) and EAN-13 (13 digit)

Q. Will my barcode ever expire

A. No, your bar code will never expire. We only charge a one-time fee. We received our prefix from the U.C.C. (formerly the Uniform Code Council, now the GS1) prior to 2002 when they started charging renewal fees. Since we never have to pay one, neither do you.

Q. How do I receive barcodes?

A. Once you have finished the ordering process and have paid for your barcodes, you will be redirected to a download page. You will also receive an instant email with a download link for both your UPC barcode & EAN barcode, UPC-A barcode graphics & EAN-13 barcode graphics along with the Certificate of Authenticity/Transfer of ownership and readme file with instructions.

Q. How many UPC barcodes do I need?

A. You will need one barcode per item. An item is also a variation of items. If you are selling men’s shirts in 4 sizes and 5 colors, you will need 20 barcodes.

Q. How do I enter the price and my company information into my barcode?

A. You don’t. There is no data embedded in a barcode. Information is associated with your barcode number. You tell your retailer wat the number is and the specific information about your product. They enter this information into their computer database that is tied to their electronic cash registers.

Q Do I need to register my codes?

A. You will need to register your upc code (s) and product information with your marketplace (example: Amazon), retailer and/or distributor.

Q Do these codes work for all retailers?

A. These barcodes work for all internet retailers and many retail stores and distributors. Some large retailers such as Walmart, Kroger and Macy’s/Bloomingdale’s will require you to have your own prefix from the GS1 and that you buy your barcodes from them.