FAQ

Here you’ll find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
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What is a barcode?

A barcode is a technology that visually represents data in a way machines can read. In retail, 1D barcodes have alternating black and white bars, encoding a unique string of numbers. An optical scanner can read and decode this, providing information like price, product name, and brand for a specific item.

The common retail barcode types are 12-digit UPC-A (Universal Product Code) and 13-digit EAN-13 (International Article Number). Both are included in every standard barcode package order we supply.

What kind of barcodes are used in Singapore?

The main barcode format used in Singapore is EAN-13, an international standard for most retail items, excluding books/magazines (ISBN/ISSN) and Pharmaceuticals (Pharmacodes). Additionally, the UPC-A barcode, a 12-digit subset initially meant for North America, is also accepted in Singapore and globally.

Do I need to get a barcode?

Almost every retailer today requires barcodes on stocked items in order to organize their ordering, pricing, sales figures, point of sale and inventory. An EAN 13 or UPC-A barcode is a common requirement on all products in a retailer’s inventory. To make sure your products can reach the widest market possible it is strongly recommended you acquire barcodes for your products.

I have a few different products, how many barcodes should I get?

A unique UPC-A or EAN-13 format barcode is required for every unique item that you intend to sell. Product variations such as size and color also each require a unique barcode e.g. if you are selling socks in different colours and sizes then a separate barcode would be required for each variant of those socks.

How do barcodes work?

When you supply your product/s to a retailer, you will be required to complete a product information form which links your product and company details to that product’s unique barcode number. The store will transfer this information into their sales and inventory systems allowing your product to be scanned at point of sale and monitored by stock tracking software.

Will all retail stores accept my barcode?

Barcodes Savers Singapore provides authentic GTIN numbers from the same system as GS1 (UCC), making them accepted by the majority of retailers in Singapore and worldwide. However, some international retailers may specifically require direct GS1 membership. You can review the latest requirements on our Barcode Acceptance page. Before purchasing, we recommend checking with the retailers you plan to stock to understand their barcode policies.

While our barcodes are accepted by many retailers, some may need a Barcode Verification Report to ensure proper scanning at checkout. You can arrange this through a third party or directly with GS1, even if you got your numbers from us. Our barcodes typically pass verification if printed correctly within the 80% – 200% magnification range and not significantly altered in graphic design.

Are your codes suitable for Amazon listings?

There are many sellers on Amazon who continue to use re-seller barcodes like ours to successfully list products.  However, we do not guarantee that our barcodes will always be accepted on Amazon.  This is because Amazon may use GS1’s GEPIR/Verified by GS1 as one of several methods to verify brand ownership.  For further clarification and known limitations using GTINs on Amazon please see our Amazon Acceptance page.

Does Barcode Savers upload my product or company data to GS1’s GEPIR/Verified by GS1?

No.  There are no barcode re-sellers who can upload your product or company information to GS1’s GEPIR/Verified by GS1 database. The numbers Barcode Savers supply pre-date the GS1 subscription model and are no longer manged by GS1.  GS1 does not update their database to reflect the current owners of pre subscription model barcodes.

It is commonly misunderstood that the GEPIR database links barcode numbers to products.  However the GEPIR database only gives information about the original holder of the prefix and has no role in linking your product to your barcode in the vast majority of stores.  Additionally while the new Verified by GS1 website shows product info, it is not integrated with retail stores as it is simply an online database.  We suggest using gtinlookup.org for listing your barcode and product data online for free.

Does Barcode Savers supply Company Prefixes?

Yes, our barcode packages of 10, 100, and 1000 include a globally unique company prefix with product allocation ranges. Specifically, 0-9 for 10 barcodes, 00-99 for 100 barcodes, and 000-999 for 1000 barcodes. Other packages don’t have this feature, but rest assured, all barcodes we supply are globally unique. Check our Company Prefixes page for more details.

Why buy from Barcode Savers?

Joining GS1 Singapore and licensing barcodes from them can be expensive for small businesses. GS1 has upfront and yearly fees that can add up to thousands of dollars, even for just one barcode. Our barcodes come from the same global body as GS1 but without hidden or subscription fees. You get a barcode for your product’s lifetime without extra costs.

We believe in simplicity. You shouldn’t need a seminar or a thick manual for barcoding. We make it easy for small businesses, reducing costs and complexity. Forget about yearly fees, complex forms, and dealing with GS1 Alliance partners. We simplify the process of product identification for you.

Will my barcode be unique to my product?

Your barcode number is totally unique and linked only to the product you assign it to. All barcodes sold by Barcode Savers originate from GS1 (formerly the Uniform Code Council) are guaranteed to be globally unique and are supplied with a pdf certificate of authenticity.

Is any information stored in my barcode?

No information is actually stored in the barcode itself. The barcode is simply a unique number identifier that is recorded in a retailers sales/inventory system and assigned to your item.

Will my barcode expire?

Barcodes supplied by Barcode Savers pre-date GS1’s subscription model and are not subject to expiry. When you purchase your barcodes from us they are yours for life.

Does Barcode Savers charge an annual fee?

When purchasing barcodes from The Global Standards Body (GS1) you’re required to pay upfront charges and additional yearly fees. So if you’re only looking for barcodes for a small quantity of products the costs associated with GS1 membership can be staggering. Barcode Savers have secured bulk quantities of genuine GTIN numbers and charge a once off fee when you buy.  Our numbers pre-date GS1’s subscription model and do not carry any annual fees.  You remain the sole owner of your numbers and your barcodes do not carry annual fees or hidden costs at all.

Does Barcode Savers supply “888” Barcode Numbers?

The EAN-13 barcode numbers we supply start with the 060 – 089 number range.  This indicates that the numbers were first issued by the Uniform Code Council (now known as GS1-US).  These numbers originate with the same numbering system used by GS1 and are suitable for products sold in Singapore and globally.  Purchasing barcodes from Barcode Savers Singapore is an affordable alternative for obtaining authentic globally unique GTINs for your products without having to pay annual license fees to GS1 Singapore.

Barcodes starting with 888 are licensed by the Singaporean branch of GS1.  However a 888 barcode does not mean the product is “Made in Singapore”.  Every GS1 global branch uses a different country code.  This is simply to avoid duplicate barcodes globally.  See our page about 888 barcodes for further clarification.

Do you provide ITF-14 Carton Codes?

Yes, we offer ITF-14 barcodes as part of our Special Orders service. Please feel free to contact us if you require carton codes to accompany your product codes.  Visit our support article for more information about ITF 14 Carton Codes

How do I get a Barcode?

Visit our purchase page to select your barcode package to get started. Please ensure you have read our conditions of sale before making a purchase with us.

Need more info?

Visit our support section for more in depth information, or feel free to email us at contact@barcodesavers.sg