Frequently Asked Questions

What type of barcode do I need for selling on amazon?
All our barcodes are perfect for selling on amazon, once the barcode is entered into the ean/upc section when creating your product listing this is then converted into your unique product sku specific to this item. This is the same for all amazon platforms including ebay. Should you have any questions please feel contact us direct or use our text back support service as this is available 8:00am until 23:00pm

How will it get my barcodes?
Once you have purchased your barcodes they will be sent on email within minutes and all orders include both the barcode numbers plus the actual barcode images should you require them.The barcode images are created and dedicated for each barcode number.  As an example if you purchase 5x ean/upc barcodes you will be sent an excel spreadsheet containing your 5 unique barcode numbers plus the actual image for each barcode number should this be required for suppliers to attached to your products.

Do my barcodes have a use by date?
No, all our barcodes are unique. Once you have placed your order they are unique to yourself, as such they do not have any must be used by dates. Also we do not have any hidden charges and no annual fees.

What can I use EAN numbers for?
EAN barcodes are used for various online selling platforms such as Amazon, Ebay, itunes, plus many more. This being said they can also be used for retail stores in conjunction with a barcode scanner this is the ideal way to match your entire product inventory to a barcode system. So should you sell online or own a local store, EAN numbers are ideal for the UK.

What is a barcode?
A bar code, also known as a UPC (Universal Product Code) or EAN (European Article Number), is simply a unique 12 or 13 digit number that allows retailers to easily track sales of your product within their inventory system.

What is an product identifier for ebay?
As of the 29th of February 2016 these product identifiers (ean or upc barcodes) will be required across selected categories across ebay, this takes effect on most good till cancelled type of listings. Ebay's bulk upload editor makes adding your new EAN/UPC barcdoes a nice and simple process and in most cases this only takes a couple of minutes to complete. For more information about Product identifiers click here.

What is an EAN number?
EAN originally stood for "European Article Number". EANs and UPCs are essentially identical to one another except that an EAN contains 13 digits whereas a UPC has only 12. The extra digit makes up part of the country code and refers to where the bar code was registered. The country code has no bearing on where the product itself was manufactured.

If I already have a UPC number do I need to purchase an EAN number?
If you already have a UPC bar code, you can sell your product in most locations that use EAN codes. Some international stores only accept EANs, which means it’s a good idea to check with the retailer in advance.

How do Barcodes work?
When you go to sell your product at a retailer (eg Amazon), that retailer will have you fill out a product information form. That form will ask for the products UPC or EAN Number. The retailer then manually enters that information into their inventory management computer. This way, when they scan your bar code at the tills, it calls up that form in their system and gives you credit for the sale. In other words, 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.

Do I need a barcode?
The use of barcode numbers is not compulsory. However if you intend to use a retailer that uses the barcode system (such as Amazon), then yes, you will need a barcode.

Do I have to have a barcode in order to sell my product online?
Only if the retailer requests it.

What is the difference between EAN and UPC?
Ean numbers are 13 digits long and can be used throughout Europe and Australia. UPC numbers are 12 digits long and are mainly used in the USA, however they can still be used throughout Europe and Australia.

Will my barcode work in a country other than the UK?
Yes. Our barcodes will work anywhere that uses the EAN or UPC system. This includes Europe, Australia and the USA.

Will my barcode work in every shop?
Yes, excluding a handful of retailers, based in the USA should you be in doubt please verify with your retailers.

Will my barcode work with Amazon?
Yes. Most of the barcodes we sell are used to list products on amazon

Will my barcode number be unique to me?
Yes. Our bar codes originate from GS1 US and are guaranteed to be one of a kind. You are the only person in the world who can legally use the bar code number(s) you purchase.

Do i need a EAN or a UPC barcode number?
When you order from Barcodes4u you receive both the EAN and UPC number as standard.

Can i use any software to make my own printable barcodes?
Yes we recommend Presilo Free Download is Here

Are your barcodes issued by an official body?
Yes. All of our barcodes were  issued by the UCC - the Uniform Code Council (now renamed GS1-US).  These barcodes were originally issued to a US company. We have purchased a large quantity of these barcode numbers and we are selling them on to people who need a small quantity of barcodes and do not want to pay ongoing annual fees.

Are your barcodes legal for use in the UK?
Yes. They are legal for use in the UK, & anywhere else in the world.

Is there anything that I need to do after I receive the barcode number from you?
Once you receive your barcode number, you simply need to assign it to one of your products. Supply it to your retailers when it is requested by them, so that they can add it to their product database.

Will my barcode ever expire?
In short no. The barcode is yours for life. We maintain a record of all barcodes issued and to whom they were sold. Your barcode will never be re-issued.

Do i have to pay renewal fees?
No. All our fees are one time only

Will my barcode be registered in a national database?
No. There is nowhere to globally register barcode numbers. Retailers will add your barcode number to their product database when they start selling your product.

When will i receive my barcodes - how long does it take?
All orders for barcode numbers are sent electronically within 1 hour, once payment is received. The artwork will follow by email a short time afterwards. Printed barcode labels are dispatched within 48 hours and are sent via Royal Mail.

I haven't received my barcodes - where are they?
Please check your junk email folder. As the artwork is sent as an attachment to the email (a zip file), the emails are sometimes sent to the junk / spam email folders.

What payment methods do you accept?
We currently accept payment via Paypal, Nochex or 2checkout

How should i print my barcodes?
We recommend using either direct thermal or thermal transfer to print your barcodes.

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