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Another option is to arrange for stick barcode labels to be printed and manually stuck onto your product. Talk to label printers in your area to arrange this.
Here is a more detailed explanation: Our barcode numbers were assigned by UCC (now called GS1-US) to manufacturers in the USA in the early 1990s before GS1-US had started charging membership fees. When GS1-US introduced annual membership fees in the early 2000s, these manufacturers refused to pay & took GS1 to Court. The manufacturers succeeded, winning an out-of-court settlement of about USD 4,000,000. Under the settlement terms, these manufacturers owned their barcode numbers & did not have to pay any membership fees to GS1. Some of these manufacturers had large quantities of unneeded barcode numbers, so they sold some of them to other companies. This is where our barcode numbers come from.
- No ongoing annual fees
- FREE barcode graphic
- No membership requirements
- Fast turn-around (usually between 1-12 hours).
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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 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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