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Few things you must know about UPC before ordering...

Universal Product Codes (UPC) assigned by GS1 are unique product identifiers in the world of commerce and supply chain management. Each product needs its own UPC code, as does each new variation of the same product.

There are two major reasons for this.

First, Amazon requires a product to have this bar code in order for it to be placed in their catalog. Since Amazon is the world’s biggest online marketplace, that is a big reason indeed!
Second, a UPC code is required for products to be distributed with retail chains and sold at point of sale (POS). The UPC code is the only acceptable identifier that allows merchandise to be checked out literally anywhere.

A little history lesson...

Once upon a time UPC codes were very inexpensive, but that ended when GS1 changed their policies and raised their fees. Not only did they start charging an outrageous “club entry” fee, but they also began requiring enormous annual contributions. For most startups and small businesses, it became prohibitively expensive to maintain individual accounts with GS1. To make matters worse, if you fail to pay the annual contribution, they will cancel all your UPC
codes and turn over your account to a collection agency. This behavior is rather at odds with the fact that they call themselves a “nonprofit” organization and even run their website under an “org” domain. The fact is that any business that needs a UPC must deal with a monopoly that plays hardball.
For small online retail businesses and startups that can’t justify these exorbitant fees, the only reasonable way of obtaining UPC codes for their products is to purchase them from third-party providers that had established accounts with GS1 under the old pricing structure. As a result of a complex class action lawsuit, these companies grandfathered their GS1 account rights.
Practically speaking, and very much to GS1’s displeasure, these companies can generate a virtually unlimited number of perfectly legal, unique and eligible UPC codes. Most of these companies can provide UPC codes inexpensively, because they pay very little for what is nothing more than a mix of 12 letters and numbers.

Strings attached...

The one string attached to this third-party solution is that the front part of the code, its so-called prefix, identifies the issuing company. For example, the prefix code 123456 may identify some “company.” There is a special GS1 database where retailers can run the code for verification to identify the product and manufacturer. With a third-party UPC solution, the third party’s company name will come up as a result of the search.
A company that maintains a direct account with GS1 gets access to their management interface, where they can specify each product’s size, appearance and description. When you are a huge retailer, where the UPC may be the only source providing information about size, weight and other logistical details about the product, it is important to have your own GS1 account.
Unlike in the last century, when the only way of moving a product to a consumer was from an actual shelf, almost all of today’s warehouses are automated and run by robotic systems. In such systems, software finds storage according to an item’s parameters provided by the UPC database, so direct access to a GS1 account is crucial. For this reason, large retailers require their suppliers to have GS1 accounts with their own prefixes. Automated warehouse systems can’t handle products that aren't in the UPC database.

Small businesses, with warehouses that may not be so automated, do not necessarily need direct access to the huge UPC database. So they generally can use third-party UPC codes for their products. Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, also accepts products with UPC codes generated by third parties. They do this despite the fact that their warehouses are as big and as automated as those of other large retailers. They can handle products with third-party UPC codes because they manage products under their own ASIN code system. If a product has size/weight and other records in the UPC database, that information can be ported into Amazon’s database. For third-party UPC codes, when the UPC database has no information about product dimensions, Amazon allows the merchant to access the database and edit all the corresponding fields. From our experience, Amazon’s ASIN system is vastly superior to the outdated UPC. ASIN allows for a great deal of information to be included with product specifications, including search terms, availability and other useful details.

GS1 or third party?

Lately PRIZIX has seen more and more third-party operators, especially online businesses, using ASIN alongside of or instead of UPC. Unlike Amazon, which does a superb job of promoting its catalog entries, GS1 doesn't benefit from actual sales and does nothing to promote your products.
We can submit your product to the Amazon catalogs, and within a few days you can find your item in many relevant results on major search engines. On the other hand, you can submit a hundred products to the GS1 UPC database, and they’ll be buried there forever. Securing UPC codes can be a waste of time and money. In striking contrast, obtaining ASIN for your products by submitting them to Amazon catalogs is a terrific long-term investment.
It’s your decision whether or not to open a GS1 account, but our recommendation, at least for starters, is to use the third-party solution. If one day you become a supplier for a large retailer that requires you to have your own GS1 account, you can always open that account later. But as you’re just starting up your online business, there are more important things to spend your money on than product codes. If you don’t plan on ever becoming a retail chain supplier, the third-party UPC solution is all you need.
Even within the third-party UPC market, there’s tough competition. Some companies that grandfathered their GS1 accounts are nonetheless demanding prices as outrageous as $89 for a single UPC code and suggesting that competitors offering UPC codes for just $2 apiece are not selling authentic codes!
Trust us, the third-party UPC codes we provide are the same as any others—12 simple characters—and just as good. In the future, if you have a larger catalog of products and need more UPCs, we can provide as many as you need at a very reasonable rate.

Value and Quality

PRIZIX delivers UPC codes, EAN codes and barcodes to entrepreneurs and merchants worldwide. We especially welcome new Amazon sellers, Google  and Yahoo merchants and retailers.
Our general third party UPC codes work for all products except: books, magazines and pharmaceuticals.
  • No Renewal/Hidden Fees!
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed!
  • It's perfect for Amazon, eBay, Google and many other online stores!
  • Provided to your e-Mail!
  • 100% Authentic & Legal!

Quality UPC Codes

If you want to sell your product in a retail outlet or on Amazon.com, you're going to need an authentic GS1 UPC Barcode. There is no reason to pay excessive $18 or even $89 like some other sites charge. At PRIZIX you can get valid and authentic barcodes for only $8.95 each, or as low as $1.95 when you order ten or more, or as low $1.25 when you order over 60 codes.

1-9 codes - only $8.95 each 
10+ codes - only $1.95 each
60+ codes - only $1.25 each


With each code purchased you get both the UPC Code & EAN Code!

The codes we provide are guaranteed to be genuine and generated by an entity registered with the GS1. All the codes we provide are guaranteed to be unique. The UPC codes you receive generated for your exclusive worldwide use.  All codes include a certificate of authenticity and free barcode image files, in a case you have to use them in a design of your product packaging.

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