“How do I get a barcode for my product?”
We have many different ordering & payment options available if you want to buy a barcode for your product. You can either:
1) Order online from our website and pay by credit card or PayPal;
2) Order over the phone and pay by credit card; or
3) Send us an email if you want to pay by bank deposit; cheque; or Western Union (we will email you a pro forma invoice and payment details)
Note: When making your order you do not need to give us any information about your product. We will assign you a barcode that is purely a unique number (with no product information encoded into it). Your barcode will only get linked to your product after you supply it to your retailer, and they enter the barcode & product details into their inventory system.
We process barcode orders quickly (you will normally receive your barcode within a few hours of ordering, or the following morning at the latest).
If you order a barcode package from us, you will receive your barcode by email. The email will contain:
- an EAN-13 barcode number;
- a guarantee certificate; and
- digital barcode images (in five formats: jpeg, eps, bmp, tiff & pdf - see our sample images)
After you receive your barcode you can start using it immediately – just attach it to your product, and give your product to your retailers. When your retailers receive your product, they will enter the barcode number & product information into their system (this will connect your barcode to your product). After that, when your barcode is scanned the product details will appear on their checkout screen.
NOTE: Our EAN-13 barcode numbers are suitable for use on any product (in NZ as well as worldwide), however if your barcode is for a book or magazine we recommend that you get an ISBN or ISSN number first, and then come back to our company to get your number turned into EAN-13 format barcode images (which you can then put onto your book).
“Do I need anything else?”
1. Barcode Labels – If you buy a Barcode Package from us, we will email your digital barcode images to you (you can then incorporate these into the design for your label/packaging before printing). If your product has already been printed, you can buy a roll of printed sticky labels for your barcode number instead - these can be ordered on our Barcode Labels page (printing & delivery usually take 6-8 days).
2. ITF-14 Carton Code - Some retailers require ITF-14 Carton Codes (also known as GTIN or TUN) on the delivery boxes. If your retailers require this, you can order it from us ($30) & we will email the images to you – you can then get the Carton Code printed onto the delivery box for your products (note: the Carton Code will be based on your products EAN barcode number).
3. Verification – Some retailers require barcode verification on all products entering their stores (this is a test-scan of the barcode printed on its label or packaging). If a barcode passes it’s verification report, this means that it can be read easily be scannig machines. If your retailers require Verification, you can order it from our verification page ($59 per barcode). Our verification tests are done on a high quality (& expensive) barcode verifier, and the barcode is checked against internaionally accepted barcode standards, to see whether it complies.
4. Registration – Registration is not compulsory (your barcode will work without it), however it will increase the visibility of your product on the internet. If you order barcode registration from our company, we will register your barcode & product in the major internet databases. Your barcode will join thousands of other products on these sites. Eventually your barcode will become linked to your product in search engines, and when scanned by a smart phone.