How Many Barcodes Do I Need?

Generally speaking, a different barcode is needed per unique product or SKU. This means that if you have various sizes or colours, then you need a different barcode. This is especially true if the price is likely to change between the products. In this case you definitely need different barcodes.

In some cases it is possible to have the same barcode on different product variations (i.e. different colours). This depends on the store, as many stores use barcodes both for establishing price and reordering information. Some stores however only use barcodes for establishing the price at the checkout. In this case you may be able to use the same barcode on different product variations (as long as the price doesn’t change).

In general, the easier you make it for retailers, the more likely to stock and keep stocking your product they will be. So, if at all possible we would recommend having different barcode number for each variation (SKU).

Different retailers and regions have varying standards, and it is important to pick the right barcode to avoid unnecessary hassle and confusion when your goods make it to a store.

For example if you have 3 different products and each has 5 different colours, you will need 3 x 5 = 15 barcodes.

diagram of how many barcodes you may need

Examples

two types of coffee beans each in a 200g and 500g pack then you need 4 barcodes.

three different flavours of beer. Each beer is sold in a can, a 6-pack and a 24-pack. You need 9 barcodes.

If you require a large quantity of barcode numbers, please contact us for a quote.

Save money and buy in bulk

Barcodes never expire so you can buy in bulk. You can use some now and keep the rest to use as and when you have new products.

$4,900.00 ($49.00 per barcode).

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