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