Barcode Acceptance

Retailers are looking for globally unique barcodes that have not been used on any product before and that the barcode scans well. As self-checkouts grow in number, quality barcodes that do not cause problems at the checkout are essential.

 

Free Barcode Generator

Sometimes customers ask us about the ‘Free Barcode Generators’ available on the internet. There are a couple of things to think about if you are considering using a free generator.

1. The Barcode Number – These are not legal legitimate barcode numbers and are essentially made up. It is ok to do this is the numbers are for your own personal use, however if the numbers are for retail use then it is illegal to use these made up numbers and it can lead to serious problems if someone comes across this. Getting barcodes in this way (or from online stores that sell them very cheap) is often false economy. People get sucked into an initial saving of $30 or so and are later faced with much greater consequences and expenses than the initial $30 saved.

2. The Barcode Images – Once you have your barcode number(s), there are various ways in which you can obtain the images. These are listed below:

  • You can find a free barcode generator on the internet and either download this or produce them online by typing in your barcode number. These barcode generators often do not let you adjust the size of the barcode and they produce low quality images. If you are already spending a lot of money on having the packaging printed, the last thing you want is to have to reprint due to a mistake with the barcode.
  • You can get barcode font to use on your computer within word or another program. These do not work for retail barcodes and produce very low quality images which cause difficulties when scanning.
  • You can purchase professional barcode image software. The best programs cost several hundred dollars and it can be tiresome to figure out how to use them.  This may be the best option if you have hundreds of images to produce however if this is not the case it is probably cheaper and definitely easier to use the next option.
  • You can purchase the barcode images from us – for reasonable prices. These are completely customizable (Size and Definition wise) and come automatically in a standard size with 600 dpi in 5 different file formats (Bitmap, eps, Tiff, Jpeg and PDF). We can also add text above or below and change the font if you wish as well as various things. If you have specific requirements and want to check that we can do them then please contact us.

Our barcodes are accepted in 99.99% of retailers worldwide, although there are some companies in a limited number of countries that impose restrictions on which barcodes they will accept. Please check the following list to see which countries have restrictions.

Note – This list is as up to date as possible and any restrictions we hear of are added. However individual company policies are subject to change without notice, and there are millions of stores worldwide, which all have a right to choose their own barcoding policy (whether or not it makes sense). Therefore we cannot guarantee that this list will always be accurate. Please check with your individual retailer(s) if you are unsure of their barcoding policy.

Please click on the countries with restrictions to see exactly what these are

Afghanistan – No Restrictions
Albania – No Restrictions
Algeria – No Restrictions
Andorra – No Restrictions
Angola – No Restrictions
Anguilla – No Restrictions
Antigua and Barbuda – No Restrictions
Argentina – No Restrictions
Armenia – No Restrictions
Aruba – No Restrictions

Require GS1 Membership:

  • Super Retail Group
  • Woolworths Australia central branches

Require Verification Reports (which we can supply):

  • Coles
  • Metcash
  • Myers
  • IGA (Some Stores)
  • Bunnings

All other retailers to our knowledge accept our barcodes without requiring verification reports.

Austria – No Restrictions
Azerbaijan – No Restrictions
Bahamas – No Restrictions
Bahrain – No Restrictions
Bangladesh – No Restrictions
Barbados – No Restrictions
Belarus – No Restrictions
Belgium – No Restrictions
Belize – No Restrictions
Benin – No Restrictions
Bermuda – No Restrictions
Bhutan – No Restrictions
Bolivia – No Restrictions
Bosnia and Herzegovina – No Restrictions
Botswana – No Restrictions
Brazil – No Restrictions
British Virgin Islands – No Restrictions
Brunei – No Restrictions
Bulgaria – No Restrictions
Burkina Faso – No Restrictions
Burundi – No Restrictions
Cambodia – No Restrictions
Cameroon – No Restrictions
Canada – No Restrictions
Cape Verde – No Restrictions
Cayman Islands – No Restrictions
Central African Republic – No Restrictions
Chad – No Restrictions
Channel Islands – No Restrictions
Chile – No Restrictions

We get various reports of restrictions by distributors in China, So if you plan on selling in China, talk to your distributors to establish if they have any problems with alternative barcode retailer numbers.

Colombia – No Restrictions
Comoros – No Restrictions
Congo, Democratic Republic of the – No Restrictions
Congo, Republic of the – No Restrictions
Cook Islands – No Restrictions
Costa Rica – No Restrictions
Côte d’Ivoire – No Restrictions
Croatia – No Restrictions
Cuba – No Restrictions
Curacao – No Restrictions
Cyprus – No Restrictions
Czech Republic – No Restrictions
Denmark – No Restrictions
Djibouti – No Restrictions
Dominica – No Restrictions
Dominican Republic – No Restrictions
East Timor – No Restrictions
Ecuador – No Restrictions
Egypt – No Restrictions
El Salvador – No Restrictions
Equatorial Guinea – No Restrictions
Eritrea – No Restrictions
Estonia – No Restrictions
Ethiopia – No Restrictions
Thailand – No Restrictions
Finland – No Restrictions
France – No Restrictions
French Polynesia – No Restrictions
Gabon – No Restrictions
Gambia, The – No Restrictions
Georgia – No Restrictions
Germany – No Restrictions
Ghana – No Restrictions
Greece – No Restrictions
Greenland – No Restrictions
Grenada – No Restrictions
Guatemala – No Restrictions
Guinea – No Restrictions
Guinea-Bissau – No Restrictions
Guyana – No Restrictions
Haiti – No Restrictions
Honduras – No Restrictions
Hong Kong – No Restrictions
Hungary – No Restrictions
Iceland – No Restrictions
India – No Restrictions
Indonesia – No Restrictions
Iran – No Restrictions
Iraq – No Restrictions

Require Verification Reports (which we supply):

  • ASDA

All other stores accept our barcodes without needing verification reports. All stores will accept our barcode numbers.

Israel – No Restrictions
Italy – No Restrictions
Ivory Coast – No Restrictions
Jamaica – No Restrictions
Japan – No Restrictions
Jersey – No Restrictions
Jordan – No Restrictions
Kazakhstan – No Restrictions
Kenya – No Restrictions
Kiribati – No Restrictions
Kosovo – No Restrictions
Kuwait – No Restrictions
Kyrgyzstan – No Restrictions
Laos – No Restrictions
Latvia – No Restrictions
Lebanon – No Restrictions
Lesotho – No Restrictions
Liberia – No Restrictions
Libya – No Restrictions
Liechtenstein – No Restrictions
Lithuania – No Restrictions
Luxembourg – No Restrictions
Macau – No Restrictions
Macedonia, Republic of – No Restrictions
Madagascar – No Restrictions
Malawi – No Restrictions
Malaysia – No Restrictions
Maldives – No Restrictions
Mali – No Restrictions
Malta – No Restrictions
Marshall Islands – No Restrictions
Mauritania – No Restrictions
Mauritius – No Restrictions
Mexico – No Restrictions
Micronesia, Federated States of – No Restrictions
Moldova – No Restrictions
Monaco – No Restrictions
Mongolia – No Restrictions
Montenegro – No Restrictions
Montserrat – No Restrictions
Morocco – No Restrictions
Mozambique – No Restrictions
Myanmar – No Restrictions
Namibia – No Restrictions
Nauru – No Restrictions
Nepal – No Restrictions
Netherlands – No Restrictions
Netherlands Antilles – No Restrictions
New Caledonia – No restrictions

Require GS1 Membership:

  • Super Retail Group
  • Foodstuffs (Auckland and Wellington branches on food products)

Require Verification Reports (which we supply):

  • Foodstuffs
  • Progressive Enterprises
  • Bunnings
  • Placemakers

All other stores to our knowledge accept our barcodes without the need for verification reports

Nicaragua – No Restrictions
Niger – No Restrictions
Thailand – No Restrictions
North Korea – No Restrictions
Norway – No Restrictions
Oman – No Restrictions
Pakistan – No Restrictions
Palau – No Restrictions
Panama – No Restrictions
Papua New Guinea – No Restrictions
Paraguay – No Restrictions
Peru – No Restrictions
Thailand – No Restrictions
Poland – No Restrictions
Portugal – No Restrictions
Puerto Rico – No Restrictions
Qatar – No Restrictions
Rarotonga – No Restrictions
Romania – No Restrictions
Russia – No Restrictions
Rwanda – No Restrictions
Saint Kitts and Nevis – No Restrictions
Saint Lucia – No Restrictions
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – No Restrictions
Samoa – No Restrictions
San Marino – No Restrictions
São Tomé and Príncipe – No Restrictions
Saudi Arabia – No Restrictions
Senegal – No Restrictions
Serbia – No Restrictions
Seychelles – No Restrictions
Sierra Leone – No Restrictions
Singapore – No Restrictions
Slovakia – No Restrictions
Slovenia – No Restrictions
Solomon Islands – No Restrictions
Somalia – No Restrictions
South Africa – No Restrictions
South Korea – No Restrictions
South Sudan – No Restrictions
Spain – No Restrictions
Sri Lanka – No Restrictions
State of Palestine – No Restrictions
Sudan – No Restrictions
Sultanate of Oman – No Restrictions
Suriname – No Restrictions
Swaziland – No Restrictions
Sweden – No Restrictions
Switzerland – No Restrictions
Syria – No Restrictions
Taiwan – No Restrictions
Tajikistan – No Restrictions
Tanzania – No Restrictions
Thailand – No Restrictions
Timor-Leste – No Restrictions
Togo – No Restrictions
Tonga – No Restrictions
Trinidad and Tobago – No Restrictions
Tunisia – No Restrictions
Turkey – No Restrictions
Turkmenistan – No Restrictions
Turks and Caicos Islands – No Restrictions
Tuvalu – No Restrictions
UAE – No Restrictions
Uganda – No Restrictions
Ukraine – No Restrictions

All other stores accept our barcodes without any problems

Require GS1 Membership:

  • Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club
  • Fred Meyers/Kroger
  • Macy’s
  • J.C. Penney’s

All other stores to our knowledge accept our barcode numbers

Uruguay – No Restrictions
Uzbekistan – No Restrictions
Vatican City – No Restrictions
Vanuatu – No Restrictions
Venezuela – No Restrictions
Vietnam – No Restrictions
World – No Restrictions
Yemen – No Restrictions
Zambia – No Restrictions
Zimbabwe – No Restrictions

 

Look here for

barcodes for any products (not books or magazines)

clothing barcodes

craft beer barcodes

CD barcodes

ISBN book barcodes

ISSN magazine barcodes

QR codes

If you unsure about the acceptance information of certain stores, please contact us and we can advise to the best of our knowledge the current situation.