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What will I get in my Barcode Number Package?

Click on the Download a Sample Package button to see what’s included in the barcode number package you will be purchasing.

  • All of your barcode numbers. You will be able to download them directly from your Speedy Barcodes account within a very few minutes!
  • Both the UPC (for the United States & Canada) & the EAN (for the rest of the world) formats of your numbers for the same price.
  • A Certificate of Authenticity. This is your proof of ownership. It will show that we have transferred ownership of the barcodes you purchased from Speedy Barcodes to you or your company.
  • An Excel & PDF spreadsheet of your barcode numbers.You can personalize this spreadsheet to provide your company and product information to all of your vendors or resellers.
  • Digital barcode artwork for all of your barcode numbers in EPS, JPG, and PDF formats for no additional charge. You can use the artwork to create your own labels or for printing directly on your product packaging.
  • No hidden charges or fees. Once you buy your barcodes that’s it! There are no renewal fees, no membership fees, and your barcodes will never expire.
  • We offer the lowest prices on the Internet. Our 115% price match guarantee is unmatched!

About Barcodes

In the past two decades or so, shopping has really evolved. Previously shoppers all over the world had to do a time-consuming process to check item prices. Manufacturers and resellers went through the same process. Adding prices or tags to each item requires an ample amount of time. Now, things have ly changed. Perhaps, a huge contrast to what most people experienced in the past decade.

Since the pricing process has changed, the way people shop and sell their products has also changed. Now, customers can leave the store in mere seconds after shopping and receive the bill from the store. The reason behind this is the existence of barcodes. In the event that you were living under a rock in the past years, a barcode is a product lookup code that is made up of the lines and numbers that you see. There is no information hidden within the barcode.

UPC Barcodes

When you go to a grocery store or open your refrigerator, chances are you will see that almost every product has a printed UPC barcode. In fact, almost every product in the United States has its own UPC barcode, whatever type of product it may be. So what are UPC barcodes and what are they for?

Universal Product Codes, or simply known as a UPC, is a 12 digit long number that appears on the majority of all United States products. These barcodes were originally intended to help grocery and department stores speed up their checkout process. Also, through these UPC barcodes, grocery stores were able to efficiently keep track of their inventory. The system quickly caught on with all other retail products because of its benefits. UPC barcodes were designed for mass circulation and tracking of products.

Barcode Knowledge

New To Speedy Barcodes?

All of Speedy Barcodes customers are required to have an account. It’s free and easy to set up. It is a central location for storing all of your barcode orders and if you ever misplace the file you downloaded to your computer, you can simply login and redownload your order. If your order was placed more than 90 days ago, you will need to regenerate your order (no charge) to gain access to your numbers.

  1. Top right cornerclick the Register button.
  2. Enter your first name, last name, email address, phone number, a site username, enter a password, and type password again for verification purposes.
  3. Select the country where you live to have the address fields appear.
  4. Enter your address, city, state, and zip code.
  5. Click Register button.

Facts About Barcodes?

Who is the Governing Agency over barcodes?

There’s not one.

Who is GS1?

They are anon-profitassociation that sells new barcode numbers.Click here to view GS1’s Disclaimer/Copyrighton their website. (a new window will open).

Can I outright buy barcode numbers from GS1?

No, basically you will be “renting” the barcode numbers. GS1 charges renewal fees every year.

What happens to my barcode numbers if I do not pay the renewal fees?

They will no longer be assigned to you. GS1 will wait a certain length of time, currently 4 years per their website, before “renting” them to someone else.

Why do some companies require a GS1 certificate and some do not?

What we have found is that the majority of these companies that require the GS1 certificates belong to the GS1 Management Board Members; therefore, that is why they want you to purchase your barcodes directly from GS1.Click here to view the list of GS1 Management Board Membersas listed on GS1’s website (a new window will open).

Here’s a thought to ponder, if GS1 is a non-profit association what do they do with the revenue that they bring in?

I Need Barcodes For…

I want to sell my DVDs and movies. Do I need a barcode?

Yes, you will need barcodes to sell your products either in retail or online stores.

How many barcodes will I need?

You will need one for each title. If you change anything about your DVD or movie, it becomes a different product and needs a different barcode.

I want to sell two different DVDs or movies together how many barcodes will I need?

You can put the multiple items together and sell them as one item, so you will need one barcode. If you change out any of the items then it becomes a different product and will need a different barcode.

Am I limited to how many times I can use my barcodes?

You can use the barcodes an unlimited amount of times as long as it is on EXACTLY the same product. The minute you change one thing about your product it becomes a different product and needs a new barcode number.

Additional Information.

What is a company prefix?

Previously UPC barcodes consisted of a manufacturer’s number (also known as a company prefix) and a check digit. The first six digits of the barcodes were referred to as the manufacturing number that always remained consistent on all of a company’s products. The manufacturing number was followed by a five digit product number that was unique to each product. The 12th digit was a check digit, which was mathematically calculated based on the numbers within the barcode.

Because there are a limited amount of numbers available with the current barcode method, GS1 had to change their method of issuing manufacturer’s numbers. In addition to their original 6-digit prefix they now issue 7, 8, and even 9-digit manufacturer’s prefixes as well.

When I buy barcodes from Speedy Barcodes will I be the only one with my prefix number?

No, you will not be the one assigned to a prefix. We sell individual customers ranges of barcodes all under one prefix. If you would like, you can purchase a full prefix from us, but that requires that you purchase 100,000 barcodes.

How can I get assigned my own company prefix?

You would need to purchase your barcodes from the company GS1.

Should I have my own company prefix?

That is only necessary if you are selling to any of the big name retail stores that require you to produce a GS1 certificate in your name.Click hereto see a list of the stores that we are aware of that require a GS1 certificate.

What is a UPC?

If you’ve ever sold an item on, you may have been told that you need to have a UPC for each of your unique products. Like many people, you may have asked the glaring question, justwhat is a UPC?Let’s take a moment and discuss the basics.

UPC stands forUniversal Product Code.UPCs are used by manufacturers to quickly specify different products. Comprised of two elements, UPCs are made up of numbers, and a corresponding image. This image is the UPC barcode. The barcode is comprised of a series of vertical lines, all of differing widths. These line widths are carefully structured to represent numbers, and therefore the barcode is a graphical representation of the number sequence associated with it.

The UPC in its most common form is the UPC-A, made up of 12 digits. Each number is unique, and created by GS1. While it seems that it would be simple to just create a series of numbers to be used, there is actually encoded information in each UPC, including verification checksums. These checksums are used by the computers which read the codes to ensure that the codes are read correctly with no errors.

Barcode Questions

Speedy Barcodes is a legitimate barcode number issuer.

All of the numbers we sell were issued by the Uniform Code Council (UCC), currently known as GS1, and all of the numbers were purchased prior to August 28, 2002.

Speedy Barcodes sells legal and legitimate barcode numbers.

All of the barcode number sells were originally issued by the UCC (Uniform Code Council), known today as GS1, and were issued prior to August 28, 2002. That date is important because that’s when GS1 started sending out renewal notices demanding that past prefix holders pay renewal fees and agree to the new terms and conditions. Eventually, a class action suit was filed against GS1, in the State of Washington, and GS1 lost. All prefix owners prior to August 28, 2002 became discharged from any GS1’s renewal fees and a new codified agreement. The settlement agreement indicates that if a prefix holder paid a membership fee to the UCC prior to August 28, 2002, the prefix holder will be entitled to perpetual membership in the UCC and not be obligated to pay annual renewal fees to the UCC, either now or in the future. Also, the Terms and Conditions of the original ownership agreement with the prefix holder and the UCC, was deemed null and void. All of the barcodes sold by are included in the terms and conditions as stated above and therefore, all of our barcodes are legal and legitimate.

Speedy Barcodes has been verified and approved by George Laurer.

George Laurer developed the Universal Product Code (UPC) in 1973 when he was an engineer at IBM. His website, Authenticated UPC Registration Directory, has a list of companies that he has checked out and verified that they have the legal rights to sell barcode numbers. Click here to visit theAuthenticated UPC Registration Directory(a new window will open).

Our website is fully automated.

This means that you can place an order at any time, day or night, and your barcode package will be ready for you within minutes! You don’t have to wait for us to manually process your order.

We offer the lowest prices for barcode numbers on the Internet.

We have a vast amount of barcode numbers in our inventory and we feel that they should be priced low enough that everyone can afford them. The other companies have a limited amount of numbers; therefore, they charge as much as they can for the ones they have because once they sell out they're done.

Your barcodes will never expire.

There’s no expiration date. They will always belong to you.

There’s no renewal fees.

You pay for your barcodes once and that’s it. There are no additional fees and no hidden costs.

There’s no registration needed.

No product information is needed.

You do not have to tell us what products you will be assigning your barcodes to.

Speedy Barcodes keeps an up-to-date database of all divided barcode prefixes to ensure than no barcode numbers are ever duplicated.

Information such as the name that the barcodes are transferred to, purchaser’s name, company name, address, telephone number, email address, and any other pertinent information.

We have sold over 7 million of these barcodes without any issues.

We guarantee our numbers.

I still need help! Can a Speedy Barcodes representative help me?

Our experienced customer service team welcomes the opportunity to speak with you about your unique situation. Call us now! Toll free (888) 511-0266.

Our Hours of operation are 9:00am to 5:00pm MST. If you need assistance after hours, please send an email tosales@speedybarcodes.comand we will contact you within 24 hours. Thank you!

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