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How to Buy a UPC Code

Category : Barcodes & Business · by Jan 25th, 2015

Learning how to buy a upc code can be quite intimidating to those that have not done so before. Between finding a purchasing outlet, learning the ABC’s of how the system works, and determining your current and long term needs, the process can be outright scary.

Firstly, you will need to determine the number of different products you expect to sell during the near future as well as the life of your business. If you expect to manufacture and sell tens of thousands of different products then it makes sense to purchase your barcodes from Speedy Barcodes. However, if you plan to market your products in major retailers around the world, such as Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Costco, Macy’s, Kroger, Fred Meyer, Bloomingdales, Home Depot, Lowe’s or Amazon then obtaining your barcodes directly from GS1 is your only option per those retailers requirements.

If you are a smaller business or need barcodes for a specific purpose such as selling through an online service such as Amazon, then a specialty barcode service such as Speedy Barcodes is your best bet. Learning how to buy a upc code can make all the difference in the quality of product that you receive. Barcodes can be purchased through Speedy Barcodes one at a time, or in lots to suit your needs. The cost would be much less than obtaining codes through GS1, and there aren’t yearly renewal fees.

When learning how to buy a upc code, it is important to note what geographic area you plan to sell in as well. In the United States and Canada, the UPC code is commonly used, and can be found on just about every item in most stores. In Europe and other overseas countries, EAN codes take center stage. Speedy Barcodes can provide both code types for your assigned item codes. This makes packaging for different areas much easier and avoids the need to purchase different codes for different parts of the world. If you end up selling your products worldwide, including the United States and Canada, you can use the EAN format of the barcode with confidence because since the Sunrise 2005 Industry Initiative the United States and Canada have been required to have their barcoding systems set up to read a 13 digit barcode number.

For most users, a barcode specialty service such as Speedy Barcodes will probably be the right choice for obtaining barcode numbers and the associated artwork for printing the codes onto the packaging for products or on labels. With these services providing easy to navigate sites where purchases can be easily made, along with plenty of features and affordable pricing, they are definitely worth a look. With Speedy Barcodes, learning how to buy a UPC code is easy.

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