Faq(Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
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It can mean many different kinds of bar code formats. Most commonly it is known as a UPC/GTIN-12 (Universal Product Code) or internationally as the EAN/GTIN-13 (European Article Number). The UPC is a unique 12-digit number & formula designed for use by a non-profit called the UCC (now known as GS1) in the early 70's. This UPC allows retailers to easily track sales of your product within their inventory system. Later in the 70's in Europe the EAN was created & used by the EAN foundation in a similar fashion, this is a 13-digit number & format. The EAN foundation later merged globally with the UCC and is now known as GS1. (Global Standards One) "GTIN" is a newer name given to the UPC/EAN codes by the GS1 organization, it means "Global Trade Identification Number", and the "dash" and number afterward equal the total digits of the code. ie: The UPC is 12 digits long, so it's a GTIN-12 and the EAN would be a GTIN-13. Below is an example UPC/GTIN-12 bar code image commonly used in the USA & Canada.
Wondering why you should buy a UPC barcode from MiraTech Barcodes? One of the reasons why is because we sell legal and legitimate numbers. We feel that everyone should be able to buy a UPC Code for their products, so we have priced them at a level where everyone should be able to afford them. We even offer a guarantee that our UPC Code pricing is the lowest around or we will price match with an additional 115% off. All you have to do if you find a lower price is to contact us prior to making a purchase and we will provide you with a special code to use when you’re checking out. Let MiraTech Barcodes provide all of your barcode needs. When you are ready to use your UPC Code all you need to do is create your listing on CD Baby, iTunes, eBay, Pandora, or any other location that requires you to have a barcode. No, this isn’t all of the stores where you can use your UPC Code, but there are some larger retail stores that will not accept them. You can read the information on our Barcode Questions page to find out the ones we know that will not accept a UPC Code other than directly from a company named GS1. What is a UPC Code? It’s a 12-digit product lookup code. UPC stands for Universal Product Code. No, there is no information about you, your product, or your company buried within the UPC Code. When you look at a UPC Code you sell some lines and some numbers. That’s the same thing a barcode scanner sees when it is used to scan the UPC Code. When the barcode is scanned, your product information is found in the database at the location where your product is being sold. You will provide your barcode, company information, product information, pricing information, etc. to the store or reseller and they will enter your information into their database. That is how your UPC Code and product information gets associated together. Can I print my own UPC Code labels? Yes, if you have either a thermal barcode printer or a laser printer. If you print with any other type of printer you run the risk of having your barcode smudge or smear and it would not be crisp or clean enough for a bar code scanner to read. If you do not want to take a chance on printing out your UPC Code labels yourself, you can always let Online Labels print them out for you. Here is the link to contact them
We Have a 115% Best-Price Guarantee At MiraTech Bar Codes, you don’t have to ever worry about being overcharged. Every purchase comes with a 115% Best Price Guarantee. This means if you are able to find a lower price for GS1-US (UCC) barcodes from a verified, legitimate barcode reseller, we will beat that price by 15%. By legitimate, we mean a reseller who has:
-a real phone number, address and contact information. -a government-registered verifiable business with multiple employees. -a commercial website (not just an account on eBay or other third-party website). -not been investigated for price-fixing or for selling fraudulent barcode numbers
The barcodes you purchase from us at MiraTech are 100% GS1 codes, and will be registered for life. There is no general fee in the renewal fee. There is never a good reason to buy non-genuine barcodes. Explain which tape to buy
In short, barcodes are a simple, unique I.D. number for your product. Just like a phone has a phone number but with more digits. You'll need a unique barcode number for each variation of your product(s), so by color, size, weight, style etc etc. Example 1: If you have 1 t-shirt in 5 colors, you need 5 barcodes. Now if each of those 5 colors also has 5 sizes each, then you need 25 barcodes (5x5). Example 2: If you have 1 bottle of water, but a million quantity to sell, you only need 1 barcode number. You'll just print that 1 barcode out a million times or as long as you're manufacturing that product. When you go to sell your product at a retailer (i.e. Whole Foods, Etsy, Google etc.), that retailer's on-boarding department will have you fill out a product information form. On that form is where you will put your company and product details as well as your 12-digit UPC (Or 13-digit EAN) bar code number. The retailer then manually enters that information into their inventory management computer. This way, when they scan your bar code at the register (or on their site), it calls up that data you entered in their system and gives you credit for the 1 sale and deducts 1 unit from their inventory. The bar code is simply a link between your product and the product information form you fill out for each store that sells your product. The bar code number & bar code image itself does not contain any hidden data, names, prices etc. More on this topic and how to "register" your barcode here: (How to Register a Barcode) Each store, website, database and P.O.S. system will be private, internal, and is usually not publicly editable. This means that in order for you to get into a store or get your data onto a particular website that you want, you will need to manually contact that store/site and ask them what you need to do to manually upload your data so that it appears on their system/servers
Myth #1: “UPC/EAN bar codes contain my product data, those bars = my product name & price.” False. This is false because UPC/EAN’s are very simple numbers, they do not contain any data. Think of them like a phone number for your item, it’s just a unique reference number that connects to your product in a store's P.O.S. system.
Myth #2: “UPC/EAN’s & their data get uploaded into a global network that all stores connect to, like the internet.” False. This is false because there is not a global bar code network, neither is there a barcode-internet that a store's POS system plugs into. Each store has their own private, internal database & P.O.S. system. So that when a can of Coke appears "$0.99" when scanned it's because of the store manager or employee on the back end that manually typed it all in before it ever entered the building.
Step 1: To "register" a bar code: First thing you would do is personally assign the bar codes to your products, this is done by you/your company and you would have to keep your own records of these associations. Many use spreadsheets or their own POS system, either way we recommend having your records backed up in case your computer crashes. Step 2: Then you register/record this data at the store it will be sold at. Each store has their own internal, private database (aka: Point Of Sales System). This means that every new store/site you approach won't know anything about your product until you input the data into their private P.O.S. system. Step 3: Repeat for all new stores/venues/distributors you approach to sell your barcoded products.
Why isn't my company name coming up when scanned by my smartphone app? There may be a few reasons, likely you have not loaded your product information into the App/Store/POS/Website/Database that the scanner is connected to. More on how to do this here: (How To Register a GTIN) It is also important to understand that a barcode "scanning" app on your smartphone is not a real barcode scanner, it is at best a helpful tool for consumers, not a marketing tool for vendors/manufacturers. Until you manually input your product data into a specific P.O.S. system/Database or pay Google to advertise it, it will likely come up "no data found". For some incorrectly programmed smartphone apps the developers may have it incorrectly coded to pull data directly from GS1’s outdated GEPIR database. The information on GS1's GEPIR site is outdated for any owned GTIN and doesn’t record the current owner of that specific UPC/EAN prefix number. To sum it up, to get your information to appear when scanned contact the store, website or third-party "app" maker and ask them how you can input your data in their system.
You need one code for each product 'variation', such as size and color. For example, 2 t-shirt designs, 5 sizes each and 2 colours each, will require 20 codes (2 * 5 * 2).
You will receive by email UPC-A (12 digits) codes AND EAN-13 (13 digits) codes, both are variant of the same code. Each code is accompanied by graphics of the corresponding barcode.
If you sell products online you should only need the numbers, however if you sell through a distributor instead of sending the products directly, you may need to print the barcodes on stickers, which you can do with the images we provide you with your order, or by using our printing service.
We don't need information about your product, price or company, you use the codes to register directly your products with your distributor (e.g. Amazon, CD Baby, supermarkets, grocery stores, etc). They will link the information as well as price to the code for you.
Absolutely, our codes will work worldwide, online and in retail.
The prefix is simply an indication of which country the barcode originates in but is not at all a condition to sell in a country. GS1 explains "since GS1 member companies can manufacture products anywhere in the world, GS1 prefixes do not identify the country of origin for a given product." We have people using our codes with US prefix to sell in the UK in Waitrose and Debenhams for example, or products "made in France" in France. If someone say they will sell you codes with an UK prefix it will not be legit, as only US companies were once allowed to resell their codes. See also here and here.
We do not create the codes, they are delivered by GS1 to companies who don't use them and sell them to us. You do not get your own unique code prefix, which is perfectly fine to sell your products.