How to Get a Barcode for your Retail Product?

Barcodes can be purchased through our ordering page (“barcode package“). Both EAN-13 and UPC-A barcode packages can be purchased so there is an option regardless of where you are selling your product (UPC barcodes are more common in the USA, whereas EAN-13 barcodes are more common in Barbados and elsewhere).

If you can’t pay by credit card, feel free to contact us and we can arrange payment via bank transfer.

Our barcode packages include:

  • A globally unique EAN-13 (or UPC-A) barcode number
  • A Guarantee Certificate certifying that you are the unique owner of the barcode number
  • Barcode Images in 4 different formats (bitmap, jpeg, tiff, eps, and PDF)
  • Barcode Registration in major internet barcode/product databases

These will be emailed to you with the documents/ images as attached files. You can then pick whichever image format works best and incorporate it into your product packaging.

If you are planning on changing the size of the images, please see our barcode specifications page first. Some retailers require that you stay within these specifications.

ean-13 retail barcode image from buy barcodes uk


What more can you get?

1. Registration

While this is included in our barcode packages, it can be purchased separately if you bought your barcode outside of a barcode package or through another company. This is an optional additional service we offer to increase the internet profile of your product and ensure that your product information appears when your barcode is scanned by cell phone app scanners.

2. Barcode Labels

We can provide printed barcode labels to be stuck onto your product manually. These are guaranteed to be printed accurately and easily scannable. These will be delivered to you.

3. ITF-14 Carton Codes

These are barcodes for the outer cartons created from your EAN-13 barcode for use on cartons of a set quantity of the item. i.e. a box of 12 may have an ITF-14 carton code on them. These are required by some retailers, but are not always necessary.

4. Verification

This is a test scan of your barcode to ensure that it scans well. Some retailers require this. Please see ‘barcode acceptance‘ to see whether you will require this or not.

5. ISBN or ISSN Images

These are required for books (ISBN) and magazines (ISSN) only.

6. QR Codes

Many people like to have these link to their websites so that people can scan them with a smart phone and automatically link to their website.

7.  Code 128 or Code 39 Barcodes

These are sequential barcodes that are generated for asset tracking.

8. GLN Numbers

Some retailers require that you have a global location number in order to accept your products into their store.