Our EAN (or UPC) barcodes are suitable for use on any retail product worldwide (except for books & magazines because they require ISBN & ISSN numbers).
The barcodes we supply are in EAN-13 format – the most common barcode format worldwide (if you require your barcode in UPC-12 format instead, that is absolutely fine, just let us know when making your order).
If you purchase an EAN-13 Barcode package, you will receive:
- 1. A globally unique EAN-13 barcode number
- 2. Barcode images in 4 different formats (jpeg, png, SVG & pdf)
- 3. A Guarantee Certificate – Guaranteeing you as the only legal owner of the barcode
- 4. Barcode registration – this is an optional additional service that we offer to increase your product’s internet profile and ensure that it appears on cellphone app scanners such as the Zebra app.
Should I get a UPC or EAN barcode?
Within the USA, barcodes are usually in 12-digit UPC format – however, outside of the USA, the 13-digit EAN format is preferred.
If you plan to sell your product in the USA only, we recommend using a barcode in UPC-12 format. If you plan to sell your product in any other country in the world, it is best to get a barcode in EAN-13 format.
If you are selling your product in several different countries, including the USA, it is your choice whether to get a barcode in EAN-13 format or UPC-12 format. Most barcode scanners can read both EAN and UPC barcodes, so if you want to use the same barcode on your product regardless of which country it is in, that is fine. It is perfectly acceptable to use an EAN (European standard) barcode within the USA or a UPC barcode outside of the USA.
Using your barcode
You will receive your unique EAN-13 (or UPC-12) barcode number by email, along with a guarantee certificate (for proof of ownership) and your barcode images.
The barcode images will be sent in 4 different files (jpeg, png, SVG & pdf).
The size of the images will be about 38 mm x 25 mm (standard barcode size).
If you need to reduce the size a bit, that is fine (the smallest recommended size is 80% of standard size, i.e. about 30 mm x 20 mm).
You can put your barcode onto your product label or packaging & start using it immediately. Your barcode will be a blank number (it will not contain any product or company details). After you give your product to your retailer, they will scan the barcode & type the product information into their system – this will connect your barcode to your product. After that, when they scan your barcode, the product name & details will appear on their checkout screen.
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