The Benefits of Our Barcodes
We are often asked “Why buy barcodes from you?”
Every second, one of our barcodes is being successfully scanned somewhere in the world. 1
So – 6 quick benefits of our barcodes –
The barcodes we supply are high quality, and can be used with confidence. We have been selling retail barcodes for 10 years, and have tens of thousands of customers using more than 100,000 of our barcodes in 100+ countries. We have clear phone numbers and email address (for support if needed), address, company details etc on our website – so you know who you are dealing with – we even have photos of our happy staff.
When you are spending hundreds or thousands of pounds developing your product, designing and printing the packaging, and marketing and distributing your products, it is false economy to try to save a few pounds on a barcode that might not work. Imagine the cost and effort if your barcode doesn’t scan, or isn’t accepted by a retailer.
Many other barcode sellers are either very inaccurate or completely dishonest in what they claim – see Barcode Sales Warnings for more information about companies to stay away from.
A businessman told us that he had produced 40,000 bottles of wine, and then found the barcode didn’t work! His wife then had to unpack all of the cartons of wine and put new barcode labels on them – a huge waste of time and money.
Yes – our barcodes are accepted by MORE retailers worldwide than any other barcode seller. As part of the International Barcodes Network (see below), our barcodes are proven and we provide additional services, ensuring that our barcodes meet the exacting requirements of retailers worldwide, including many who insist on Barcode Verification Reports or Global Location Numbers (GLNs) or Company Prefixes or Barcode Registration as proof of ownership. This ensures that the barcode numbers we supply are accepted by more retailers worldwide than any other barcode seller.
Our barcodes are accepted by 99.9% of retailers worldwide – and we know who the 0.1% are and can tell you. 2
We are pleased to be part of the International Barcodes Network – this is a network of independent barcode sellers worldwide. This network has barcode sellers in 40+ countries – and brings with it a wealth of knowledge about barcode requirements and acceptance worldwide, plus the security of knowing that you are purchasing barcode from a company that is recognised by an international network, along with the associated support and longevity this brings.
Being part of an international network, working with barcode sellers in 50 countries, means that we understand the exacting requirements of the barcode industry. This knowledge enables us to provide up-to-date information about barcode acceptance and barcoding requirements – helping our customers avoid problems, and saving them time and money.
All our barcode packages come with FREE barcode registration – this allows you to register your product and/or company details alongside the barcode number in an online database, which auto-feeds this information to other online databases. This makes it easier for retailers and customers to find your company & product information through searching online for the barcode number, or with a barcode scanning app. It also helps prevent theft or accidental misuse of your barcode numbers, as you have extra proof that they belong to you. And it also helps those few reluctant retailers who still think GS1’s database has all the answers – you can point them to this independent database where your barcodes are registered, as proof that they are yours, and are valid and legitimate – this can save a lot of wasted time and unnecessary frustration with some retailers.
It is easy to copy a barcode – anyone can see a barcode number and then duplicate that barcode on a different product. Our registration helps protect you against illegal use of your barcode numbers, and helps retailers and customers find the details of your product and business.
Retailer friendly company prefix. If you purchase barcodes in lots of 10 or 100 or 1000, we supply our barcodes with a genuine company prefix – this barcode prefix belongs to you alone, and can be used to identify your company. The first digits of this prefix are completely yours, and the remaining digits are varied to create all the barcode numbers owned by you. This makes things easier for the retailer when they are stocking lots of your products.
If you only have a few products, then the ‘Company Prefix’ isn’t important. But if you have many products, then you can protect your products and barcode numbers by purchasing in lots of 10, 100 or 1000 & receiving a company prefix. This also helps avoid confusion with retailers.
For first-time customers AND those customers that come back many times, we provide detailed information here on our website (about 80 pages) and in a pdf barcode guide we send with all barcode orders. Other (cheap & unreliable) barcode sellers DON’T have detailed information about Barcode Acceptance in UK & Internationally, Amazon Barcodes, Retail Barcode Dimensions, Carton Barcode Dimensions, Company Prefixes, Barcode Labels, plus book barcodes, magazine barcodes, sequential barcodes, QR codes …. the list goes on.
CONFUSED? The ‘world’ of barcodes can be confusing and frightening. You don’t want to make mistakes. We make the barcodes process easier by providing comprehensive information, backed up by email, online, and phone support. If you want a retail barcode, the easiest place to start is here – with our Introduction to Barcodes. Or if you are ready to buy barcodes look here.
- 100,000+ of our barcodes are in use on products worldwide. If each product is scanned an average of once per day (a very conservative estimate), then one of our barcodes is being scanned every second. ↩
- Full and up-to-date details of barcode acceptance and restrictions can be seen on our Barcode Acceptance page. ↩