Can I have a Barcode Company prefix?

Goals: 

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  • State our (IBN) recommended way for manufacturers to obtain a unique company prefix for their barcodes, and how this varies by bulk purchase.

 

Why do we consider this question?

Some manufacturers wish to have a unique company prefix for their barcodes.

 

Two ways to a company prefix:

There are only two sure ways to get a company prefix like this

  1. You can join GS1 (and pay their expensive joining fee and annual fees for the rest of your product life), or
  2. You can purchase barcodes from us in blocks of 10, 100, 1000 or 10,000, and they come with a unique company prefix.

We are the ONLY barcode seller that we know of that provides unique company prefixes like this.

If you purchase 1 barcode number, then you will not be supplied with a company prefix (no barcode company supplies this).

However if you purchase barcodes in lots of 10, 100, 1000 etc from us, then they will have a unique company prefix.

 

Length of the company prefix:

The length of the company prefix will depend on how many variations are required to make a total of 13-digits:

If you purchase 10 barcode numbers, then of the 13-digits,

  • the first 11 will be your company prefix,
  • the 12th digit will vary from 0-9 (giving you 10 different barcode numbers), and
  • the last digit is a calculated checksum.

If you purchase 20 barcode numbers,

  • you will get 2 company prefixes (giving 10 barcodes for each).

If you purchase 100 barcode numbers, then of the 13-digits,

  • the first 10 will be your company prefix,
  • the 11th and 12th digits will vary from 00-99 (giving you 100 different barcode numbers), and
  • the last digit is a calculated checksum.

Barcodes can be purchased here: https://internationalbarcodes.com/retail-barcodes/