Frequently asked questions

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 (jpeg, png, txt, svg & pdf, xlsx). Our all order are delivered in minimum an hour and less than 8 hours.(usually in minutes)




Will your barcodes work worldwide?


Yes, they will




Why should I purchase a barcode number from you?


Our company offers affordable barcodes at a one-off price. 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 or EAN page, select the quantity you want, and proceed to checkout. Your codes will be delivered within hours after you send your payment.(usually in minutes)




What will I Get?


GS1 Verified UPC/EAN numbers; Lifetime Guarantee! Rapid delivery by Email; All our orders are delivered in minimum an hour and less than 8 hours. (usually in minutes)




Do you deliver by email or USPS (other postal service)?


Delivery is via Email to your Registered email address or PayPal email address. If you don’t see it in your email then be certain to check your spam folder. Let us know if you prefer another email address.




What to do if I have not received my order?


If you don’t see it in your email then be certain to check your spam folder then email us.




How much does it cost to get a UPC?


1 code Only $0.99. Ten codes costs $4,90 but the more you buy, the cheaper each code is. For example, if you buy 100 codes, the cost per code is only $0.13 Please see our Buy UPC Codes page for full pricing options. https://www.barcodescheap.com




Amazon says it needs to be 13 digits, how do I fix this?


Simply add a leading 0 to the UPC code you bought and this will resolve the issue.




Amazon changed their policy, do your codes still work?


Yes, our codes work. Some people suggest that Amazon won’t accept 3rd party codes, but this is not true. They simply want GS1 verified codes, and not “air codes” that don’t verify with the GS1. Our codes verify with the GS1 and are accepted on all major platforms and services, including Amazon.




Will my UPC codes work for Amazon.com with no issues?


Yes, all of our UPC codes are guaranteed to never been previously issued/used and will work instantly on Amazon with no problems.




How fast can I get my codes after purchasing them?


Our all order are delivered in minimum an hour and less than 8 hours.




When I search the GS1 database, a different company comes up, not mine. Why?


The GS1 prefix owner name doesn’t change in the database even though UPCs do change ownership all the time, hence why an unfamiliar company may show up. All that company means in the GS1 database is that the code is GS1 verified. The name in the database is the original prefix owner, not the current UPC owner. Your code will work fine on Amazon/Google/iTunes, etc. without issue.




How do I get my UPC/EAN Codes once I’ve paid for them?


Once your payment has been processed, you will within hours receive an email with your UPC / EAN Codes, as well as barcodes. If you’re selling on Amazon, Amazon will automatically generate barcodes/product labels for you after you enter in your UPC/EAN.




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, BarcodesCheap.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/EAN codes work in a country other than the USA and Canada?


Yes, your UPC/EAN codes will work in any country where UPC and EAN codes are scanned!




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/EAN 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.




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





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