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Selecting a Bar Code for retail



  • redfishredfish subscriber Posts: 10
    Wouldn`t they have annual membership fees: 1) to keep going, but also 2) because they have expenses... they have to constantly maintain, update, and distribute UPC databases... That must have costs associated with it.  And they need to make it work ALL the time. Could you imagine if suddenly the network went down, or a bad database got shipped out?redfish11/6/2008 8:11 PM
  • atheneumatheneum subscriber Posts: 0
    GS1 doesn`t currently keep track of product-specific information. So there is no need to distribute a database. They only track to which company what UPC numbers have been issued so that they do not double-assign numbers.
    The product-specific information is associated with the individual UPC numbers at the retail level. Each retail chain keeps their own inventory management database in which they associate price, product description, and many other variables with a given UPC number.
    atheneum11/6/2008 11:12 AM
  • GrillCharmerGrillCharmer subscriber Posts: 7

    There is some great news for the small business.  The GS1 has gotten with the times and has come out with a new program a few months ago. (where was this when I needed it!!)  For companies that make under $50,000.00 a year you an get up to 10 barcodes for $75.00 each!  FROM THE GS1!  Here you go: http://barcodes.gs1us.org/dnn_bcec/Defa ... ?tabid=441

  • atheneumatheneum subscriber Posts: 0
    There are a couple of draw-backs to that new GS1 program as it stands today:
    1) The codes are leased and not owned. Even though it`s a small amount, you will be forced to pay annual fees to maintain the rights to the UPC codes.
    2) That $50,000 limit is on existing or projected annual gross sales - NOT on your profit. This disqualifies all but the smallest of startups.
    Think about this. . . who has up to 9 products and sells or projects to sell less than $50,000 worth of all of them combined in a year?
    Then, as soon as you do manage to break the $50,000 gross revenue barrier, you instantly have to pay to upgrade to the $750+ Partners Connection program and begin paying $150+ in annual fees.
    The program is a step in the right direction but it still needs major work to really present a viable option for the many small businesses who make $200K - $1M in sales on a handful of products.
    atheneum11/6/2008 5:35 PM
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