Retail products sold in North America by U.S. and Canadian companies
feature a single standard UPC barcode. Exceptions are: books, magazines, greeting
cards, and prescription drugs. If you are in North America and plan to sell in other
countries, call us.
Retail products sold by companies located outside of North America have an EAN
UPCBARCODES4U supplies a code format based on customer location.
UPC is a product-specific 12-digit code represented by vertical bars of varied
widths representing numbers which are often, but not always, printed on the code.
Barcode scanners read the bars, converting them back to the 12-digit numbers.
When you reach an agreement with a retailer to carry your product(s), they request
specific information required by their sales and inventory tracking systems. It often
includes: barcode, picture, weight and dimensions of package and shipping carton,
One reason you might need or want a company prefix: you have thousands of
unique products. We can provide any quantity of barcodes, usually for less than the
cost of belonging to GS1, but some retailers demand you belong to GS1. Check with
your retail customer.
Our UPC bar codes consist of a manufacturer’s number (also called a company prefix),
a product number, and a check digit. The first six digits of a UPC bar code refer
to the manufacturing number. A five digit product number that is unique to each product
is on the right side of the code. The 12th digit, set apart on the right is a mathematically
calculated digit, called a check digit.
We email your UPC barcode graphic in the universally accepted .jpeg format.
Your graphic artist, printing company, or manufacturing facility has the software
to reproduce the graphic in other formats; if a problem arises, contact us.
For the typical small manufacturer or assembler, the most expedient way is
to use labels on the product or package. We give 25 FREE labels to get you started.
We print additional labels for as little as .02 cents each. Order on the Home page.
Including the barcode graphic on your packaging prior to manufacturing is the
most economical way of getting your barcode on your product.