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    NathanByronBay
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    Morning All

    We have about 20 products and we are looking to start Barcoding our packaging and swing tags etc etc

    I have just started to look into it mainly online … and am completely confused.

    Ideally we are looking for a universal barcode as we only have AUS / NZ retailers now but might go to the US next yr.

    There are a lot of terms GP1 UPS etc etc and a lot of reviews saying that the sites that you go to to buy them (basically after a Google search) are scammers and barcodes don’t work etc etc

    I was hoping that someone can point me in the right direction to buy a pack of 20 from somewhere where they will work …. i don’t want to print the packaging etc etc only to find out they don’t work. Or even buy and test them to find out its scam.

    I know GS1 issues them and they have an online site – but you have to pay a subscription and a yearly membership etc etc pretty pricey …

    Hope there is someone out there that has gone through this and found a quality site that offers good value on Barcodes that work.

    Thanks everyone – appreciate the help.

    Cheers
    Nathan

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    Hi Nathan,

    You’re not the first person around here to experience this pain :(

    Here is a list of discussions we’ve had on this topic on the past – I suspect that if you read through them you’ll start to get a sense of what’s what:

    http://www.flyingsolo.com.au/forums/search.php?searchid=781328

    Good luck,
    Jayne

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    redleaftea
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    I used Nationwide (http://www.nationwidebarcode.com/) to get ours, no annual subscription so we own them forever and they cost a fraction of the price

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    redleaftea, post: 204213 wrote:
    I used Nationwide (http://www.nationwidebarcode.com/) to get ours, no annual subscription so we own them forever and they cost a fraction of the price

    Brilliant !! Thank you for sharing this. I need to increase my quantity of barcodes and have been researching where I could get them without paying the exorbitant renewal fees at GS1.

    Looks like I’ve found the place.

    Wendy :)

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    redleaftea, post: 204213 wrote:
    I used Nationwide (http://www.nationwidebarcode.com/) to get ours, no annual subscription so we own them forever and they cost a fraction of the price

    I’ve looked into this and curious to know, how can you use this supplier when the EAN-13 number for Australia needs to start with our country code 93, but these ones are US 0-13 numbers?

    Wendy :)

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    redleaftea
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    The 93 code is supposed to a be a guide to a product being from Australia but it’s not at all mandatory for you to use a 93 code and having a 93 code is not a guarantee that something is from Australia (I have a toy robot on my desk someone gave me that is made in china and has a 93 code)

    There is a bit of info on this on http://australianbarcodes.com/

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    Awesome thank you for the advice. I have gone with these guys – it was nice and easy. Have a good weekend. Cheers
    Nathan

    redleaftea, post: 204213 wrote:
    I used Nationwide (http://www.nationwidebarcode.com/) to get ours, no annual subscription so we own them forever and they cost a fraction of the price
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    Hi Nathan

    I just swa your blog about barcodes and it look like you have itr akl sorted now.

    I just wanted to let you know we supply barcode stickers from simple black barcode on a white sticker to a full colour digitally cut product label that incorporates a barcode.

    If you want more information, please visit our website http://www.greenlealabels.com.au

    Regards
    Jenny

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    NathanByronBay, post: 204298 wrote:
    Awesome thank you for the advice. I have gone with these guys – it was nice and easy. Have a good weekend. Cheers
    Nathan

    oops, that is our old website! please seee http://www.greenleaprint.com.au :-)

    thanks
    Jenny

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    Just as an add on for this thread, I’ve discovered that Woolworths and Coles will only accept GS1 barcodes in their stores, even for the general products (non-food items).

    Bunnings will accept others.

    It would be worth checking with your major potential retailers before purchasing other barcodes.

    Wendy :)

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    From what I’ve read up until 2002 GS1 (or UPC as it was then) sold allotments of barcodes number ranges outright without the need for annual memberships and legally anyone who purchased those numbers could resell them freely.

    GS1 lost a lawsuit in 2003 when they tried to backdate the membership model to previous sales, this is what allows various businesses to sell barcodes today outside of the GS1 membership model.

    I can’t speak as to what the supermarkets allow however in either case it is a GS1 barcode being sold so it may relate to whether using the UPC code or the EAN code?

    This document may be of interest as it covers a global agreement to mandate all POS scanners be required to read EAN and UPC codes since 2005 http://www.adams1.com/patents/2005-sunrise-gtin.pdf

    If I remember, next time I go to the supermarket I’ll bring one of my barcodes along and run it though the selfserve to see if it reads

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    redleaftea, post: 204213, member: 53282 wrote:
    I used Nationwide (http://www.nationwidebarcode.com/) to get ours, no annual subscription so we own them forever and they cost a fraction of the price

    Hi Redleaftea,

    I know this post is fairly old but I thought it might be worth asking the question. I’m busy researching barcodes and I was considering using them. Just wondering if you are still happy with them, and using them?

    Regards,

    Chantell

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