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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is a UPC?


How do UPC codes work?


Do I really need a UPC code on my product?


What do I need to know about the standards organization for UPC codes?


Do I need to have a company prefix?


What if I sell to stores that require GS1 membership?


How do I get UPC codes for products sold within the United States?


What do I get when I order my UPC code?


In what format are my UPC codes created?


When do I get my UPC codes?


How do I get my UPC code on my product?

What is a UPC?

   "UPC" stands for Universal Product Code.

   
         
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 barcode.

 

   UPCBARCODES4U supplies a code format based on customer location.

  

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How do UPC codes work?

 

     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, etc.

 

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Do I really need a UPC code on my product?

 

     If you sell or want to sell to retailers or distributors, YES.

 

    Most stores have electronic point of sale (ePOS) systems that enable them to track sales, inventory and to reorder products by scanning the UPC code.

 

    Most retailers refuse to accept products that are not barcoded. In addition, many distributors make use of barcodes in their warehouse systems.

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What do I need to know about the standards organization for UPC codes?

 

    GS1, formerly called the UCC (Uniform Code Council) and EAN International, manages Universal Product Code standards.

 

UPC codes can be obtained in two ways...
 

  1. Leasing directly from GS1 for a considerable initial fee plus ongoing annual renewal fees;

  2. Purchasing with a one-time fee from UPCBARCODES4U.  
 

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Do I need to have a company prefix?

 
   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.

 

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What is a company prefix?

 

    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.

 

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What if I am selling to stores that require GS1 membership?

  You go directly to GS1.

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How do I get UPC codes for products sold within the United States?

 

1)  Go to our Order Section on the Home Page or

2)  Call us at 1-813-810-1039

 

   We only require that you provide contact and billing information. You are not required to provide product information. Retailers collect product information.

   

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What do I get when I order my UPC code?

 

1)  We assign you official UPC numbers from our database of GS1-issued codes.

2)  We create digital barcode images of your exclusive numbers.

3)  Your UPC barcodes are emailed to you for immediate use.

4)  A Registration Certificate listing your numbers is emailed to you.

5)  Your FREE labels are mailed USPS 1st Class to you.

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In what format are my UPC codes created?

 
     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.

  

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When do I get my UPC codes?

     Usually the same day payment is received.

 

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How do I get my UPC code on my product?

      

      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.

 

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North America Barcodes

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