How to get a barcode for your product
Getting a barcode for your product with us is very simple and affordable, but firstly, you need to determine which type of barcode is needed for your product see our guide to retail barcodes for additional information.
Three ways you can get your barcodes are as follow:-
1. Order Directly Through Our Website here – This is probably the easiest way if you can pay by credit card or through PayPal. You can add them to the cart and proceed to checkout. We will ask for standard company information and email you through your barcode automatically once the order has been completed.
2. You can send us an email with what you require – This way, we will either clarify what you need or send you a pro forma invoice with our bank details. This takes a little longer as we need to send the invoice and receive the payment before manually processing the order. Generally, you will receive your barcodes within a few hours (maximum 12 hours) after we receive payment with this method.
3. You can give us a call – we are more than happy to walk you through the process and answer any questions you have.
For Retail barcode packages (there is EAN-13 or the UPC format) which can be purchased by clicking here /or the buy barcode green button.
What will I get?
If you order a standard retail barcode package, we will email the barcode numbers to you with the images as attached files.
You will receive:
– a unique EAN-13/UPC barcode number;
– a PDF guarantee certificate
– barcode images (4 different formats: jpeg, pdf, png, svg)
– Barcode registration on barcodesdatabase.org
– Instructions for How to Use your Barcode
You can then easily incorporate the barcode images into your product packaging and start using your barcode. When a retailer first receives your barcode and product they will scan the barcode into the system and input the product information. After this, whenever the barcode is scanned at the checkout, the product information will automatically appear.
The official retail barcode size is 37.29 x 25.93mm. The barcode can be officially shrunk to 80% of this (i.e. around 20x30mm) without the scan-ability being affected, however if it is reduced much more than this, barcode scanners will occasionally have trouble scanning the barcode. Also, some retailers require that the barcode meet the minimum specifications so, if at all possible the barcode should be above 80% of the standard size. Full specifications can be seen here.
What more can you get?
1. Retail Barcodes
Retail products use either EAN-13 or UPC-A barcodes. These are used on all retail products with the exception of books and magazines. EAN-13 barcodes are used predominantly throughout the world in all countries except for The United States and Canada where UPC-A Barcodes are more common. The differences between UPC-A and EAN-13 can be see here.
Please follow the links below for to obtain the relevant retail barcodes.
- EAN-13 Barcodes – For retail products outside of the USA and Canada
- UPC-A Barcodes – For products selling in the USA and Canada
- QR Codes
2. Other Barcodes
These are barcodes for the outer cartons made from your EAN-13 barcode for use on cartons of a set quantity of the item. i.e. a box of 12 may have an ITF-14 carton code on them. These are required by some retailers, but are not always needed.
4. ISBN or ISSN Images
These are only required for books and magazines.