If you are starting out as a trader or small business, everything is both exciting and confusing. There is a lot of new information that you need to get your head around – and getting a barcode is one of them. Every retail product should have a barcode, even if it is only being sold in online stores.
Amazon is the largest online company worldwide, and they require every product within their websites to have a unique barcode number. It doesn’t matter if you are listing completely new products online or imported products – every product that you list on Amazon will need to have a unique barcode number to identify it.
You will need a different barcode number for each different product listing on Amazon. It is your choice whether to list each product variation separately (eg. pink towel, blue towel, yellow towel) or make just one listing for your product (and let the buyer request the size/colour they want after ordering).
So, how do you get a barcode number that is suitable for use on Amazon? The best companies to go to for affordable, legal barcode numbers are part of the International Barcodes Network. The numbers that members of the International Barcodes Network sell are in either EAN or UPC format, and they are suitable for use on Amazon. On the International Barcodes Network websites there are some examples of products on Amazon that are successfully using barcode numbers supplied by these companies. You will also find many customer testimonials on these barcodes websites confirming that their barcodes are great to use on each of the Amazon websites.
These companies will work with you (both before and after your barcode order) to ensure that you are able to successfully use your barcode numbers on Amazon. The barcodes supplied are GS1-origin EAN and UPC numbers – therefore, they are suitable for use worldwide. Their barcodes can be used not only on Amazon and in other online stores, but also in physical retail shops. They can also offer barcode registration and barcode verification (something that competing barcode companies are not able to provide). You can be sure that you are getting valid, authentic, unique barcode numbers if you get your barcodes from Barcodes Limited.
After you place your order with International Barcodes Network members, they will email your barcode numbers to you (if you ordered barcode images as well, you will receive these by email too – although barcode images are not necessary for Amazon if you are dispatching the products yourself). As soon as you receive your barcode numbers, you can start using them! Just enter them into the appropriate part of the online form listing each of your products on Amazon. Amazon will later assign their own unique identification code to your products (an ASIN code) – so your products will end up with two unique barcode numbers.
To buy a barcode number that you can use on Amazon, please click on one of the following links (depending on your location):