Latest Amazon Barcode Requirements
Amazon’s barcode policy has been changing recently, and is confusing.
Amazon use barcode numbers (both 13 digit EAN and 12 digit UPC) as unique product identifiers for items listed on their sites.
Amazon & barcodes were previously very uncontrolled – people could list any product on Amazon using any barcode number, as long as that number wasn’t already being used for a different product on Amazon. However, this occasionally caused problems for legitimate sellers, if they found their number had already been stolen by someone else. (& hence we check all our numbers for illegal use on multiple Amazon sites before we sell them).
More recently, Amazon seems to be trying to stop branded products (big brands) being listed on Amazon using barcode numbers other than the barcode that was on the original brand – this is possibly to stop pirating, or illicit listings. To enforce this, Amazon have become more restrictive at times with barcode numbers – although the implementation of this seems to vary a lot. We spoke to a customer recently who has 3 products listed on Amazon using our barcodes – Amazon had just asked him to provide further proof of ownership for one of the barcode numbers (but not the others). It seems that he was able to provide the proof needed (of ownership) and the problem was solved.
We don’t know where Amazon is going with their barcodes policy, and how tightly it will be controlled or enforced. They seem to be using the GS1-US database gepir.org as an indicator of ‘ownership’ of barcode numbers, although this database is inaccurate, and our customers can provide other forms of ‘proof of ownership’ of their barcodes.
We hope that Amazon will be reasonable and allow people to list products using legitimate and verifiable barcode numbers (the ones we sell).
However, it is possible that Amazon might become more restrictive, and stop accepting our barcodes in the future – hopefully this won’t happen, as it has huge implications for Amazon sellers, and makes the process of listing on Amazon much more expensive (as it will force all Amazon sellers to join GS1).
We currently have many thousands of customers using our barcodes on Amazon & they haven’t told us of any issues.
And we have customers that are continuing to be able to use our barcode numbers to successfully list their products on Amazon. We presume that is because if Amazon decides to check the barcode numbers (and it is unclear how many they check), then our barcode numbers can be seen on the GS1-US gepir.org database (hence showing that they are of GS1 origin – although the listing will show the original GS1 licensee) and also because our customers can list their product details alongside the barcode number at www.barcodesdatabase.org (a free service with our barcode packages), which also feeds to other online databases … this can help our customers prove to Amazon that the barcode numbers are legitimate. (Note that we can’t update the GS1 gepir database – no barcode resellers can do this – GS1-US don’t want any competition and hence won’t update this database).
We can also offer a 60 day money-back guarantee for Amazon – if you buy our barcodes and then find they can’t be used on Amazon (with us helping to get past any minor problems or questions if they arise) within the next 60 days, then we will give you a full refund.
Note – You might need to enter our barcodes in Amazon’s system as 12 digit versions (UPC) without the leading 0 – both versions of the number are the same, and belong to you – but Amazon possibly prefer the 12 digit version at the moment.
And also, we have been advised by customers that Amazon require their website address (URL) on the barcodes invoice invoice – so please let us know (when you purchase barcodes or later) if you would like your website address on the invoice/receipt.
Barcodes for Amazon
If you need a barcode for product sales on Amazon, you’ve come to the right place, our barcode numbers are suitable for use on Amazon. If you are selling your product on Amazon, you will need to get an EAN-13 barcode number (or a UPC-A number), which you can purchase below.
We have many satisfied customers using our barcode numbers to sell their products on Amazon (for some examples, please follow these links: music album, baby t-shirt, & toy shed or see our Products on Amazon page Here.)
Barcode Numbers for Amazon
EAN-13 barcode numbers are suitable for use on Amazon.
Instant delivery – You will receive your unique EAN-13 barcode numbers, a PDF certificate of ownership, and registration instructions by email within seconds.
These are for barcode numbers only. If you are sending the products to customers yourself, you don’t need to print the actual barcode on your product. However, if you are using Amazon Warehousing to store and send out your orders, you will need to print the barcode images on your products. If you require barcode images, you will need to purchase EAN13 Barcode Packages.
Quantity Price per Barcode Number 1 + E 20 each 5 + E 18 each 10 + E 15 each 15 + E 14 each 20 + E 12 each 30 + E 11 each 50 + E 9 each 75 + E 8 each 100 + E 7 each 150 + please contact us
“How do I use my barcode number on Amazon?”
After we receive your order we will email your barcode numbers to you. We process orders quickly (usually within 1 -12 hours). After receiving your barcode numbers, you can begin using them immediately: just assign them to your products, and then enter the barcode number into the online form when listing each of your products on Amazon.
Once Amazon has received your listing, they will then also assign their own unique code to your products (this is called an ASIN or Amazon Standard Identification Number).
NOTE: If you are storing and dispatching your products yourself, you will only need a 13 digit EAN-13 (or 12 digit UPC-A) barcode number, which you can purchase above. However, if Amazon is dispatching your products for you, then you will also need a barcode image to go on your product packaging or label. A ‘barcode image’ is the actual barcode picture that gets read by scanners (ie. the vertical black bars & spaces with the barcode number printed below).
If you need barcode images for your number, please order them here. We will send the barcode images to you by email in 5 different graphic formats (vector eps, bmp, tiff, pdf & jpeg) – you can then choose which graphic format you prefer, and put the barcode onto your product packaging or label.
“I received a number of bar codes off you for my products and they are working very successfully.” Patrick
“Thanks for your very prompt service David. I’ll be recommending you to anyone else who needs barcodes etc.” Brent
“I bought a barcode recently, really like your approach to getting a barcode cheaply and conveniently. ” Damien
“Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.” Eoin
“That’s great, thanks a million David!” Anna