UPC Barcode

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The Universal Product Codes (UPC) are the 12-digit numbers that appear under barcodes. Companies usually need a different UPC code for each product they sell, even if it is just a different size.

The Process

The steps you'll need to do to create a proper Barcode.

  1. Universal Product Codes (UPC) are given out by GS1, which is a nonprofit organization tasked with setting standards for international commerce. You must pay $750 to join GS1. This membership must be maintained with an annual off $150 or more. The size of the fee will depend on your annual revenue and the number of unique products you have.
  2. Once the fee is paid, GS1 will give you a unique identification code and barcode.


  • Small business don't need to join GS1 to get a barcode. Buyabarcode.com resells discarded or unused UPC barcodes from less than $100. The problem with using this webiste is that most major retailers will require you to have your own company-specific ID code. This solution is suited more for independent retailers.
  • Before printing your barcode, make sure that your printer has a high-quality press to do the job. Before you print large quantities, it's also a good idea to find a place that can test your barcode.