• Barcode Ireland Team

Where and how do I get barcodes for my products?

Updated: Apr 8, 2021

Acquiring barcodes legally, simply and safely.

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One of our more frequently asked questions https://www.barcodeireland.ie/faq is where and how to go about acquiring barcodes online legally, safely and quickly. You have come to the right place!


Barcode Ireland is here to make your life easier and to offer you unique barcodes at competitive prices. You have your product, your business plans and maybe even some potential buyers but may not yet know how to procure your barcodes. It’s as simple as logging onto the Buy page of our website https://www.barcodeireland.ie/buy and following the easy prompts to checkout.


You are just 3 steps away from owning your barcodes!


But before that, it’s important to know which barcode you need. Traditionally the UPC-A (Universal Product Code) barcode, a 12 digit barcode, was used in the USA and Canada and the EAN-13 ( European Article Number) a 13 digit barcode, was used in the rest of the world. However both codes are currently readable throughout the world. There may be older systems that only read one or the other. If your product is for the USA market then the UPC-A format is best however if your product is international or sold outside of the USA an EAN-13 format is preferable.


Every product and variation in product (size, weight, colour) in Ireland requires a unique EAN-13 barcode in order to be marketed and sold in retail.


ITF-14 barcodes are derived from EAN-13 barcode numbers for application on box/crate/cartons to indicate the quantity and properties of multiple identical products within obviating the need to scan the items individually.


When you complete your purchase with us you will receive via email both UPC-A and EAN-13 barcode numbers and associated graphics in two file formats - JPG and EPS. You also receive an Excel list of all your EAN-13 and UPC-A numbers, a Certificate of Authenticity plus an explanatory sizing, dimensions and colour guide pdf which will assist you at the time of printing. The Certificate of Authenticity is also a transfer of ownership of the UPC-A and EAN-13 numbers to the buyer, i.e. the certificate reflects your name or the name of your company. We assign the unique UPC-A and EAN-13 barcodes to you in perpetuity.


You will then download these files and take them to a printer who is experienced in barcode printing and or who has a dedicated barcode printer. For those who print large batches of barcodes on labels, we recommend that you do a test scan first to ensure that the printer is correctly printing the image on the label. If it does not scan in this instance, it is a printing error or the dimensions or quality of the barcode has been compromised. For further information see our blog https://www.barcodeireland.ie/post/guidelines-for-barcode-printing


No data is stored on the barcodes you receive from us, no price information, no product information. The bars and lines merely represent the barcode number. In collaboration with the retailer/wholesaler, you will assign product information such as size, weight, colour, manufacturer information, sale price etc. to the UPC-A/ EAN-13 barcode when registering your product in retail. Your product information is manually entered into the retailers system and at the same time your unique barcode into their inventories. Every time your barcode is scanned at the POS your account with the retailer is credited with a sale. The barcode simply connects the one to the other.


Now you know where and how to acquire your barcodes!


Our barcodes work internationally. To get yours, head to our Buy page www.barcodeireland.ie/buy, or contact us on info@barcodeireland.ie or through the contact form on our website www.barcodeireland.ie/contact and let Barcode Ireland help you.

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