FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Members of the International Barcodes Network have sold barcodes to over 15,000 clients in over 90 countries. They have international expertise and many years experience in the barcode industry. Our members obtain their barcodes through this Network, which ensures that the barcodes sold are of the highest quality. All barcodes are checked for illegal use on the internet prior to sale, which reduces the chance of customers having issues due to barcode piracy. Members of the International Barcodes Network have access to resources to help ensure that their barcodes are accepted by more retailers in each country. This means that barcodes purchased from our members are accepted by more retailers internationally than any other barcode reseller. If you cannot find an answer to your question, please contact us

The requirements for barcodes vary between countries. The advantage of an international network of barcode suppliers is that each member will have specific barcoding information relating to their country, while also have access to a wealth of knowledge (from the other members) about international barcoding requirements.
International Barcodes was formed in order to increase the availability of reseller barcodes and barcode information worldwide. They do this by providing local offices where local licensees know their individual markets and supply reseller barcode numbers for a reasonable price in the clients native language.
The Network members all offer a range of high-quality retail barcode numbers (EAN-13 &/or UPC), barcode images (in a variety of 1D & 2D formats), barcode labels (or advice on where to buy barcode labels), barcode registration and barcode verification testing. They also supply
See the list of members of the International Barcodes Network here 
Barcode quality is VERY important. If you are spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on printing your product packaging, then it is false economy to try to save a few dollars on a barcode number. We met someone recently who said “I wish I had found you earlier. I just produced 40,000 bottles of wine and them found that the barcode doesn’t work. My wife is now having to take all the bottles out of their boxes to put a new barcode label on them”.
In simple terms, our members guarantee that the barcode numbers are unique and high quality, and will work well. For the detailed version, see this typical guarantee. 
We have sold barcodes to customers in 90+ countries (that we know of). Our members supply barcodes directly into 17+ countries (& growing). See here for a list of our member countries. 
A barcode is an image used to represent a small amount of information which can then be easily read by a barcode scanner or cell phone app. Barcodes come in many different styles. They are most commonly seen on retail products for pulling up price and product information at the checkout. In this case the barcode is simply a 12 or 13 digit number encoded as an image (UPC or EAN13 format).
There is no necessary barcode registration, retail barcode will work fine without it, due to the fact that stores input the barcode number and link it to their systems on an individual basis. However the International Barcodes Network has created the Barcodes Database. This is now the most comprehensive barcodes database available. People who purchase barcodes through members of the International Barcodes Network are able to register their barcodes on this database free of charge. This means a Google search for their barcode number will return their product information, and their barcode/ product information will appear if the barcode is scanned with a cellphone app scanner such as Red Laser.
The barcoding system was created in the 1970’s as fast way to enter a number into a computer via a scanner. It has become a universal system for keeping track of items and prices in inventory systems worldwide. Barcodes are now used by almost all retailers worldwide. The system works with the premise that each barcode is only allocated to one product, and therefore in any store there is no chance of a barcode being on two different products. This system incorporates both UPC-A numbers and the superset EAN-13 Numbers.
While our members can supply a wide variety of both retail (UPC-A & EAN-13) and non-retail barcodes (including QR Codes, Code 128/39, ITF-14 Barcodes), they mainly supply EAN-13 retail barcodes. These are the barcodes commonly used on retail products outside of the USA (with the exception of books and magazines). Our numbers come from the same original system as GS1 numbers, however are now outside of GS1’s control. Therefore our members are able to sell these for a one-off cost.
Our barcodes are accepted in nearly all stores worldwide, however there are a few exceptions. The only stores to our knowledge that do not accept our barcode numbers are the ‘Super Cheap Retail Group’ and ‘Woolworths Australia Central Branches’ in Australia, ‘Walmart, Sam’s Club, Krogers, Fred Mayers, Macy’s & JC Penney’s’ in the USA and ‘Super Retail Group and Foodstuffs Auckland and Wellington Branches [Only on food products]’. Apart from those stores, we have sold ten’s of thousands of these barcode numbers, and never come across difficulty with other stores. We can also arrange independently accredited verification reports which means that our barcodes are accepted by more stores than any other retailer. For more information on which stores do not accept our barcode and which require verification reports, please see Barcode Acceptance.
No we do not guarantee this – No barcode company can guarantee this. Retailers are able to choose their own requirements for barcodes whether or not they make sense. These requirements are also subject to change. However we have sold thousands of barcodes worldwide and are confident that apart from the stores mentioned above, stores will accept our barcode numbers. If you are unsure, feel free to contact us to query particular stores.
Yes they will. We can supply both EAN-13 Barcodes (which are used worldwide) and UPC-A Barcodes (for use in the USA). Our barcodes are currently being used in the following countries worldwide:
Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Channel Islands, China, Cook Islands, Curacao, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Engliand, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong,  India,  Ireland,  Israel,  Italy,  Jamaica,  Japan,  Jersey,  Kiribati,  Kuwait,  Lebanon,  Lithuania,  Malaysia,  Malta,  Mauritius,  Mexico,  Mozambique,  Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Rarotonga, Rwanda, Singapore, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sultanate of Oman,  Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, UAE, Uganda, UK, USA, Vanuatu, Nigeria, Wales, Zambia and various others. A full map of the countries can be seen here.
This list is expanding all the time so please let us know if your country is not on the list and we can check if it is a recent addition. Or, you could be the first.
Yes, we guarantee that the barcode numbers our members supply have never been used on a retail product before. Our numbers are unique and have originated from the Uniform Code Council (now GS1 US). We provide guarantee certificates which you can use as proof that you own the barcode number. We also have a written guarantee from the company these barcodes have come from that these numbers are for our resale only – the company we get them from is recommended by George Laurer (the inventor of the UPC Barcode). Furthermore, we check our numbers for illegal use on the internet before sale so that you can be sure at the time of sale that no one is using them illegally. (avoid barcode piracy)

If you have any other questions please feel free to contact us.