What is a Bar Code?
A barcode (or bar code) is a unique sequence of digits that is used to identify an item or product. Most barcodes on retail products are in either EAN (13 digit) or UPC (12 digit) format. A barcode number can be turned into a barcode image (vertical black bars). When a barcode images is scanned at a checkout counter, product information will appear on the checkout screen.
What is a UPC Code?
Universal Product Code (UPC) is a 12-digit bar code used extensively for retail packaging in United States. Although there are several different types of bar codes, the UPC symbol appears on nearly every retail product in the United States, making it the most versatile and recognizable type of product code in this part of the world. It consists of a bar code with a GTIN-12 number beneath.
What is an EAN Code?
The European Article Number (EAN) is a barcode standard, a 12- or 13-digit product identification code. Each EAN uniquely identifies the product, manufacturer, and its attributes; typically, the EAN is printed on a product label or packaging as a bar code. An EAN code is a unique combination of figures used to identify an object on the basis of a European system (‘EAN’ stands for ‘European Article Numbering’).
Do I need to get barcodes for my products?
We highly recommend that you get barcodes for your products, because more and more retailers are changing to a barcoding system. Although it is optional for retailers to use a barcode system (and barcode scanners) to process orders and keep track of their stock, the system is incredibly useful as it simplifies the sales process. For this reason, retailers are increasingly incorporating barcodes into their stores – and in the near future you may find that some of your retailers are requiring you to put barcodes onto your products If you are an Amazon or eBay seller you need to get a barcode for your products to list them.
What’s the Difference Between UPC and EAN?
UPC’s are the most commonly used bar codes in the United States. EAN’s (European Article Number) are used internationally. Nowadays, most places will accept both product UPC codes and EAN codes, although if you are planning on selling your products outside of the United States, an EAN code might be best for you. EAN format bar codes contain 13 digits, leading with a “0” in front of the standard GTIN-12 digit UPC code. Both bar codes, however, are identical.
Are your barcodes suitable for any retail product?
Yes. All retail products worldwide use an EAN or UPC barcode – and these are the type of barcodes that we sell.
Do I have to be a registered company to order a barcode?
No, you do not have to be a registered company to purchase a barcode from us. You can buy barcodes as an individual person or as a company – it is your choice.
If I get a barcode from you, how will I receive it?
If you order a barcode package through our website here or via email, you will receive your barcode by email with the images,text or excel file as attached files (BMP, EMF, xlsx). Our all order are delivered in minimum an hour and less than 8 hours.
Why should I purchase a barcode number from you?
Our company offers affordable barcodes at a one-off price. Low cost – one barcode is only 2 USD No ongoing fees. No Subscription. Our barcodes are a one-off price, we don’t charge any annual fees. No compulsory membership, no time-consuming forms, and no restrictions on they ways in which you choose to use your barcode numbers. You own your barcode for life, and you can use it however you want to. Plus we give an extra barcode to our customers as a gift. Quick service! We usually process orders within hours of receiving them (contact us if you need your barcodes urgently).
How do I buy a UPC/EAN code for Amazon?
Simply go to our UPC page, select the quantity you want, and proceed to checkout. Your codes will be delivered within 8 hours after you send your payment. All of our codes work on Amazon. For more information on how to buy Amazon UPC Codes, visit our guide here.
What Will I Get?
Rapid delivery by Email; GS1 Verified UPC/EAN numbers; Lifetime Guarantee
How much does it cost to get a UPC?
One code costs $5, but the more you buy, the cheaper each code is. For example, if you buy 100 codes, the cost per code is only $0.40. Please see our Buy UPC Codes page for full pricing options.
Amazon says it needs to be 13 digits, how do I fix this?
Amazon changed their policy, do your codes still work?
Will my UPC codes work for Amazon.com with no issues?
How fast can I get my codes after purchasing them?
When I search the GS1 database, a different company comes up, not mine. Why?
How do I get my UPC/EAN Codes once I’ve paid for them?
Do I need to register my UPC Codes?
There is no need to register your UPC Codes. You will only need to provide the UPC Code to your retailer or distributor (ex. Amazon, iTunes, Google etc..) when you’re asked for the UPC Code number.
Am I receiving legitimate UPC Codes?
Yes, IMUPC.com provides you with a UPC Code that is unique, valid and guaranteed to never have been issued. Since our company prefix was obtained prior to the changes in the GS1-US Licensing Agreement we are well within our legal rights to provide UPC Codes to our customers.
Do I need a separate UPC Codes for every product?
Yes, you need a different UPC code for each UNIQUE product that you sell. For example, let’s imagine you have a t-shirt company and you want to sell 3 different color shirts of the same size, you’ll need 3 UPC codes. Then, let’s imagine you have 3 different colored shirts in 3 different sizes, you’ll need a total of 9 UPC Codes.
Will my UPC codes work in a country other than the USA and Canada?
Yes, your UPC codes will work in any country where UPC and EAN codes are scanned!
Will you charge me Renewal Fees?
No, we will never charge you any future fees (eg. renewal fees or annual membership fees). All of our prices are one-off payments
Will my UPC Codes ever expire?
No, once you purchase your UPC codes through us, they’re yours to keep for life! There are no fees or any other expenses.
Will my UPC codes be unique to me/my products?
Yes, our UPC codes originate from GS1-US and are guaranteed to be unique and never issued before. YOU will be the only person in the world who can legally use the UPC Codes that you purchase.
Where do our codes come from and why are they cheap?
We do not create the codes, they are delivered by GS1 to companies who don’t use them and sell them to us. You do not get your own unique code prefix, which is perfectly fine to sell your products.
Can I sell on amazon?
The short answer is yes, our codes can be used to create your products on Amazon. You cannot use them for products of existing known brands, books, or pharmaceutical. Do not use our codes if you are going to Amazon brand registry because you will be expected to use the same prefix all the time which we cannot guarantee. We cannot help you if you cannot upload products after choosing to go for brand registry.
Do the codes have a country prefix?
The prefix is simply an indication of which country the barcode originates in but is not at all a condition to sell in a country. GS1 explains “since GS1 member companies can manufacture products anywhere in the world, GS1 prefixes do not identify the country of origin for a given product.” We have people using our codes with US prefix to sell in the UK in Waitrose and Debenhams for example, or products “made in France” in France. If someone say they will sell you codes with your country prefix it will not be legit, as only US companies were once allowed to resell their codes.
Do I need to print the barcodes?
If you sell products online you should only need the numbers, however if you sell through a distributor instead of sending the products directly, you may need to print the barcodes on stickers, which you can do with the images we provide you with your order, or by using our printing service.
My codes aren’t formatted correctly or showing as all the same, what do I do?
If your code is showing in the csv spreadsheet as 1.234E+12 or something other than a 12 or 13 digit number, you simply need to reformat the cell display in your settings. For Excel, it is normally under Format > Cells > Number > 0 Decimal Places.
“You are using UPCs, EANs, ISBNs, ASINs, or JAN codes that do not match the products you are trying to list.”
This error typically happens on Amazon if you’re listing a Brand that already has UPCs and Amazon is restricting the Brand from adding more UPCs (to prevent duplicate listings). The issue isn’t with the UPCs themselves, but with the restrictions placed on the Brand. To fix this, change the “Brand” field and it should solve the issue.
Where can I use the UPC Codes that I purchase from you?
Your UPC Codes will work everywhere online and at most retails, unless they require that you purchase your own company prefix from GS1-US. In that case, we recommend that purchase your own GS1-US company prefix.
I want to sell my book; do I need a UPC, EAN or ISBN number?
If you’re selling your book through a retail outlet, the retailer will generally require that you obtain an ISBN. The ISBN is a 13 digit number that properly identifies the book title and the publisher’s contact information. We recommend that you check your store’s requirements on UPC and ISBN codes before purchasing from us. Sometimes you can get away with just using a UPC code and then you can purchase the UPC codes from us. However, we do not offer ISBN’s at this time.
I want to sell a magazine, will a UPC code work?
Most magazines usually require special bar codes with 5-digit BIPAD numbers that are encoded in them. However, some retailers accept regular UPC or EAN codes. We recommend checking into your retailer first in advance to find out their specific requirements. If they don’t require a BIPAD number, then you can purchase UPC codes through us to put on your magazine.
I’m planning on selling cd’s in a retail situation can I use your UPC Codes?
Yes, our UPC codes will work perfectly for your cd’s in any retail situation. If you happen to be an independent artist, your UPC code will also allow you to register your music with SoundScan so that you can track your sales and improve your marketing efforts.
Why isn’t my company name coming up when scanned by my smartphone?
Until you upload your product to Amazon, Google Merchant Center, or a database that your specific smartphone scanner application is using, it will pull directly from GS1’s database. This information is outdated and doesn’t record the current owner of that specific UPC/EAN number.
When I purchase my UPC Codes from you, am I purchasing the company prefix?
When you purchase UPC Codes from us, you are purchasing the rights to unique UPC’s that are YOURS to use, however you are not purchasing the company prefix. UPC’s from SnapUPC.com are assigned and sold from our company prefix that we maintain. If your distributor/retailer requires that you own the company prefix, you will need to contact GS1-US directly to obtain your company prefix.
Do I have to have a UPC code in order to sell my products online?
You will only need to have UPC codes to sell your products online if the online retailer requires that you have a UPC code.