Barcodes for Cards

There are several different ways to put retail barcodes on birthday cards, greeting cards or postcards:

EAN-13 Barcode

Option 1 – Each card could be assigned a different EAN-13 retail bar code

You would need to purchase a different EAN-13 barcode number for each different card. Therefore this option can be more expensive. However, this is the best option (and the option that we would recommend (and the option that retail stores prefer) because (a) all retail inventory systems are compatible with this type of barcoding, and (b) it allows retailers to do an automatic stock-take (instead of a manual stock-take), and to quickly and easily reorder the cards that are selling out the fastest.

EAN-13 Barcode with add-on

Option 2 – All cards have the same 13-digit EAN-13 barcode number. However, they each also have a 2-digit add-on barcode at the end (ranging from 01 to 99)

This is a middle option price-wise. If you are interested in this option, please email us for a quote ([email protected]). The downside of this option is that not all retail systems can read the 2-digit add-on digits (some retail systems ignore it) – so this option will only work for some retail systems. In retail systems that can read the 2-digit add-on, retailers will be able to do an automatic stock-take; therefore, reordering new cards becomes much easier. In retail systems that ignore the 2-digit add-on, all your cards will effectively be treated as if they all have the same barcode number (like in option #3 below) – this means that the retailer will need to do manual stock-takes/reorders.

Option 3 – All cards have the same 13-digit EAN-13 barcode on them (with no 2-digit add-on).

This is the most affordable option. You need to make sure that you have a different EAN-13 barcode for each different pricing category for your cards (because each EAN-13 barcode can only be linked to one price in the retailer’s system). If you have 2 different groups of cards – one priced at $5.00 each and the other priced at $15.00 each – you would need to get 2 x EAN-13 barcodes. You can purchase these barcodes below (our prices are one-off, and you will receive the barcodes automatically by email straight away). Please note that if you go with this option, your retailer’s will need to manually work out when to order new cards and which specific cards to order more of. It is possible that your retailer could sell out of some types of cards & not realise/notice.

We have many customers using our barcodes on their greeting cards and postcards. If you would like advice or a quotation, please send us an email – [email protected].


Order barcodes for greeting cards or post cards below: 

  • Retail Barcode Packages

    Instant delivery – you will receive:

    1. A globally unique Retail 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. Optional Barcode registration on our International Database

    Note: this is a variant product for retail barcodes in either EAN-13 or UPC-A format. Select which option you prefer below.

    EAN-13 barcodes are the most commonly used retail barcode worldwide and have a leading 0.

    UPC-A barcodes are the preferred barcode format in the USA and Canada and do not have a leading 0.


    Quantity Price per Barcode (USD)
    1 $ 39 each 
    2 + $ 35 each
    3 + $ 33 each
    5+ $ 30 each
    10+ $ 26 each
    20+ $ 24 each
    30+ $ 16.50 each
    40+ $ 12.60 each
    50+ $ 10.40 each
    60+ $ 8.80 each
    70+ $ 7.7 each
    80+ $ 6.9 each
    90+ $ 6.50 each
    100+ $ 6.00 each


    For bulk prices see here.

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