Barcode FAQ

If you've got questions, we've got answers!

What is a barcode?

A UPC/EAN-13 barcode is a globally recognised unique number assigned to a product that allows wholesalers and retailers to track both stock management and sales of the product in their inventory system.

Do I need a barcode?

Almost every retailer today require barcodes on products for organising their pricing, ordering, sales figures, point of sale and inventory. A UPC/EAN 13 is a common requirement on all products in a retailer’s inventory. To make sure your product can reach the widest market available it is strongly recommended that you aquire a barcode for your product.

I have x amount of products and x variations, how many barcodes should I get?

UPC barcodes are required for every unique item that you intend to sell. Product variations also each require a unique barcode, i.e. if you sell socks in different sizes and colours 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 Saver’s codes are genuine GTINs originating with the Uniform Code Councl (now known as GS1), and will be accepted by a vast majority of retail stores within New Zealand and around the globe. In a few cases some larger big box retailers require direct GS1 membership in order to stock items. We therefore always encourage you to contact retailers you intend to stock directly and make enquires about their barcode policies before making a purchase with us.
Are your codes suitable for Amazon listings?

For individual seller plan listings and FBA (Fulfilment by Amazon) our barcodes are suitable for Amazon listings. According to Amazon Seller Support barcodes can be obtained from “any external or third party supplier and use them to list your products, however the barcode must be valid”. Amazon submits the following validators to ensure the supplied barcodes work. Because our barcodes originate with the UCC (the same system as GS1) and have correctly calculated check digits, they will pass Amazon’s integrated validators and can be used for standard Amazon listings.

Please note for Amazon Brand Registry there are a few methods used by Amazon to verify your brand ownership. One such verification method is checking your barcodes against GS1’s GEPIR database for your brand name. Although our barcodes originate from the Uniform Code Council (now known as GS1) we cannot list your brand or company information on the GEPIR database. No reseller can offer GEPIR registration. The only way to have your brand appear on GS1’s GEPIR is by joining GS1 directly and paying an annual licence fee to keep your codes registered with GS1. Therefore if you intend to apply for Amazon Brand Registry platform you will need to obtain your numbers through GS1. For all other Amazon listings our barcodes are suitable and we have supplied tens of thousands barcode numbers to many satisfied Amazon Sellers.

Amazon’s Brand Registry platform is selective and reserved for larger companies. In addition to Amazon requiring direct GS1 membership of vendors they also require your brand to have a registered trademark in the country you intend to sell. For more information about Amazon’s Brand Registry platform and eligibility requirements please see

Why buy from Barcode Savers?

Buying a barcode and registering membership with GS1 is overwhelmingly expensive for most small businesses and traders. GS1 requires the payment of initial membership cots in addition to ongoing yearly subscription fees that total hundreds and thousands of dollars – even when you are simply purchasing a single barcode.


Our barcodes originate with the Uniform Code Council, the global body now known as GS1, but do not incur any additional fees, subscription charges or hidden costs of any kind.

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?

Code’s purchased from Barcode Savers never expire. 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 number of items the costs accociated with GS1 memebership can be staggering. Barcode Savers have secured bulk quantities of genuine GTIN numbers and charge a once off fee when you buy. You remain the sole owner of your numbers and they do not carry annual fees or hidden costs at all.

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.

How do I get a Barcode?

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