Barcode Number Search

Retail barcodes are unique identifiers that link your products to information in retailers databases. You assign a barcode number to each of your product variations (SKUs). Each size, flavour or colour variation needs it’s own barcode number. No other product in the world has the same number. See the diagram below to work out many barcodes you may need.  Then keep that number with that product forever. There is no limit to use on the same product.


diagram of how many barcodes you may need

Barcode numbers comes from an international system. Hence you cannot make up barcode numbers or use someone else’s barcode number. No product information is encoded into the barcode. The barcode number is linked to the product when the product information and price is entered into retailers databases. That way each retailer can charge a different price.

Barcodes make supply easier for retailers. They are a fast and accurate way to identify price and stock levels. Computers scan and read barcodes on products as they go into and out of stores. Barcodes enable stores to keep track of stock levels and alert the store when they need to reorder a product.

There isn’t one barcode database in the world. There are several. Retailers do not rely on external barcode databases. Barcode database sites or apps search the internet for information about the barcode number. Information found is generally company name and/or contact details and relevant product information. Some websearches bring up where you can purchase a product from.

You can search for any EAN-13 or UPC barcode on various sites or apps (such as International Barcodes Database, IBNREG, or using smartphone apps). All our barcodes include internet registration. If you own a barcode number from elsewhere and want to have your barcode registered we can do that.

Barcode Search