Barcodes

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Gyr
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In the near future we will have some DVDs sleeves which will need barcodes. Joining the relevant barcode organisation in the UK costs £216 which is expensive given our minimal need for it.

I know in the USA there are bureau who can supply barcodes, but I can't seem to find anyone in the UK who does the same sort of thing.

Does anyone have details of a UK firm who do this?

Many Thanks

Gyr

shellgrip
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Gyr, sorry for the delay in replying - didn't spot your post down here in Misc :)

As far as I know, if you want to have barcodes on your product that'll be used at POS then you MUST be registered with GS1 (http://www.gs1uk.org) as the UK's authorised service.

But don't take my word for it, get in contact with them - they'll be able to fill you in and it may well be your particular use has loopholes or something.

Jon

DAVE M
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http://www.upccode.net/?engine=adwords!111&keyword=obtain+barcode

I gather that this is related to the link above and an individual barv code works out at $89

Dave R Smith
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Use of Bar codes is something I have wondered about in the past, but not had to use todate.
Jon - sounds like good advice - but I'm too sceptical to believe such a business would divulge loopholes/exceptions, to it's commercial loss.

I note Dave's link says 'Yes, our barcodes are UPC codes and they originate with the only legal source, GS1 '.
$89 sounds alot for a computer based system to produce just 1 barcode.
I wonder if there are are re-sellers with lower price - maybe a barcode scanner manufacturer could give more practical/un-biased advice.

Looking at
http://www.barcode-solutions.co.uk/Site/temPW3_001.asp?intPage=1296&intTemplateID=100&strLang=en&intLang=2&intLevel=2
it looks like there is membership fee to GS1, then fee per barcode, so maybe multiple barcodes would be alot less than a multiple of $89.

Gyr
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Thanks for the information and comments. Personally I think $89 is a lot for one barcode. Do four of those and it's your GS1 membership paid for.

I'll keep searching and if I find anything good I will post it here.

Thanks again

Gyr

DAVE M
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Yes it's alot but the GS1 membership is an annual fee. The $89 would sem to be a one off fee.

There must be a cheap solution as some small bookshops and tourist places barcode stuff that doesn't come with a presupplied one

shellgrip
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I'm not sure we're all talking on the same wavelength here...

In order to put barcode labels on your product, and sell them on UK shelves, you must be registered with GS1UK. Registration provides your company with a unique identifying code which makes up the first 5 digits of all barcodes used on your products. The remaining characters can be configured pretty much at will but there are conventions that are followed by most industries. In the case of music and DVDs, etc. there are specific characters that identify a CD, a DVD, 12" vinyl and so on. You must be registered because barcodes are used by stores and distributors to track product sales - in our case EPOS scanning of barcodes provides a whole host of vital information to us as a company and our customers. If you're not registered you may well use someone elses barcode which will be a real pain.

GS1 is the 'standard' governing the use of electronic identification systems so there will be a GS1 in the US, one in Japan, one in Australia and so on. If you're a UK company, you really need to be registering with GS1UK, who will issue you with a barcode tag beginning 50 (the UK identifying 'bit'). I'm not certain that any issuing authority in the US has the right to issue codes for UK use - and even if they do, it'll probably be a US code which may not suit your purposes.

If we're talking about just physically printing barcodes then there's a whole host of people who can help with that - The Barcode Warehouse being one we've used in the past.

Of course, you CAN print whatever you like on your packaging but then it won't be any use because retailers won't be able to make any sense of it.

Dave, by 'loopholes' I really meant that they may be able to clarify Gyr's need for barcoding in the first place. If it's only one product then it certainly will be an expensive way to go.

Gyr, is there a particular reason WHY the product needs to be barcoded?

Jon