Frequently Asked Questions
We supply barcodes worldwide with happy customers in 120+ countries.
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Alternatively, our company can also provide you with printed adhesive barcode labels that you can just stick onto your product (you can order sticky barcode labels here).
Likewise, if you are exporting your products to Australia or New Zealand, Super Retail Group have specific requirements that effectively mean that you must be a member of GS1 and get your barcodes from them. Therefore, these retail stores (in the USA, New Zealand & Australia) have specific barcode requirements that mean you must be a member of a global standards body (GS1) and get your barcodes from them. Other than those exceptions, we have had no problems with our barcodes being accepted by retailers worldwide.
1. Our prices are affordable (and a one-off cost);
2. We don’t charge any ongoing membership fees;
3. You will become the legal owner of the barcodes we give you (we don’t merely sell you a ‘license’ to use barcode numbers for a certain period of time);
4. Our barcodes are accepted by more retailers in the UK (and worldwide) than the barcodes from any other barcode reseller; and
5. We offer exceptional customer support; and
6. Our team has many years of experience supplying barcodes to customers in the UK & Europe
Please see ‘why buy from us‘ for more details or contact us.
Effectively, GS1 started charging annual membership fees to companies for the right to continue to use their barcode numbers. The barcodes came from the original block of barcode numbers that GS1 gave away to companies in the USA (before they started charging membership fees). For this reason, our company can own our barcode numbers completely without having ongoing membership fees to a Global Standards Body. This benefit is passed on to our customers. We will never charge any membership fees for the barcodes we sell. All of our barcodes are available for a one-off purchase price, and there are no future fees.
Some of the manufacturers took UCC to Court because of this. They settled out of Court (the manufacturers received a multimillion-dollar settlement). An agreement under the settlement was that any company that had paid a membership fee to UCC before 28/08/2002 could now have free ongoing membership of UCC (ie. They would not have to pay any future annual fees). These manufacturers could also continue to use their UCC-assigned company prefixes.
Our company’s barcodes came from one of these companies (in the settlement). For this reason, we can supply you with a single bar code number (or with a larger group of numbers) for a single affordable price (we do not charge any ongoing fees).
We found out that there is another way to get legal barcodes without joining a Global Standards Body* and paying annual fees. This is why we formed Barcode1 UK (Barcodes Limited). We wanted to share what we had discovered with other small businesses and make it easier and more affordable for them to get barcodes!
What is the difference between UPC-A and EAN-13 Barcodes? And can I use either one in all countries?
Both versions are designed for international use and can, therefore, in theory, be used throughout the world. However, UPC-A Barcodes are far more common in the USA, and EAN-13 Barcodes are far more common everywhere else. This means that some retailers may be unfamiliar with one format or have their system set up not to accept 13- digit or 12-digit numbers. Regardless of this, either format can be used.
As shown in the image below, the actual bars of the UPC-A format barcode and the EAN-13 format barcode (with a leading ‘0’) are identical. This means that they will scan in the same way regardless of which country they are in. If a retailer’s system does not allow 13 digit numbers, the leading ‘0’ can be ignored when typing the number into the system and, the barcode will work in the same way as if it were a UPC-A format barcode. Similarly, if 13 digits are required, a ‘0’ can be added to the beginning of the UPC-A barcode to turn it into an EAN-13. Either way round, the barcode will be globally unique and legal for use internationally.
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“Hi David, Thank you for your email and the attachments. Wow, what a fantastic and fast service. Highly appreciated. I have forwarded my barcode to manufacturer. I will have a look the registration link later. Once again, thank you for the fast service.” Jameson J (MYJ London)