A barcode is a square or rectangular image consisting of a series of parallel black lines and white spaces of varying widths that can be read by a scanner. Barcodes are applied to products as a means of quick identification.
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What is a Barcode?
A ‘barcode picture’ is a machine readable image consisting of vertical black bars and spaces of variable widths. When scanned by a bar code scanner, the black bars and spaces are decoded to reveal a specific 12 or 13 digit long sequence of numbers (the ‘barcode number’) .
What are EAN-13 barcodes?
EAN-13 barcode numbers are 13 digits long. They are the most common type of barcode for retail products in India (as well as worldwide). In the USA, the 12-digit UPC code is preferred. Almost all barcode scanners are able to read both types of code.
How many barcodes do I need?
It is usually necessary to have a different EAN-13 barcode for each different product variation (each different size, colour, design etc). Certain products, such as greeting cards or post cards, sometimes use just one barcode number (although often with a 2-digit supplement at the end – ie. EAN13+2 format).
What information is contained in a Barcode?
Will my barcode ever expire?
No, your barcode will never expire – you have it for life, and can continue using it for as long as you need to.
What is a Global Location Number (GLN)?
A GLN is a globally unique number which is used by some retailers as a location identifier for suppliers. If you require one of these, it can be purchased
Where did the barcode system come from?
The 12 digit UPC bar code system was designed in the early 1970’s by George J. Laurer in the USA (when he was working as an engineer for IBM). A few years later he developed a 13 digit version of this code – the EAN-13 code – for use internationally (outside of the USA).
Do I need to get a barcode?
The majority of retail stores today are using a barcode system (and many more will implement a barcode system in the near future). Therefore we recommend that you get a barcode if you want to sell your product in retail stores. You may also need a barcode if you want to sell your product online (stores such as Amazon and CD Baby require your product to have a barcode).
Are your barcodes legal for use in India?
Yes, our barcodes are legal for use in India (and worldwide). They come from the same system as GS1 numbers and are on thousands of products throughout India and the world.
Do I have to be a registered company to order a barcode?
No, you do not have to be a registered company to purchase a barcode. Any individual, organisation, or group can purchase a barcode from our company.
Will I ever have to pay Renewal Fees?
No, you will never have to pay any renewal or membership fees. All of our prices are simple one-off payments.
Do I have to print my barcode in black on white?
Printing your barcode in black on white is the safest thing to do, however it is okay to print the barcode in some other colours too. If you are adding colour to the barcode, the background of the barcode needs to be a warm colour (eg. red, yellow, or orange) and the bars needs to be a cool colour (eg. green or blue). You cannot use metallic colours on any part of the barcode. If you print your barcode in colours other than black and white, we recommend that you thoroughly test the barcode to ensure that it scans well before using it.
What are acceptable printing dimensions for EAN-13 barcodes?
The standard size for an EAN-13 barcode is about 38mm wide, but anything within 80% – 200% of the standard size is okay. The smallest recommended width for an EAN-13 barcode is 30mm.