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A year ago (in 2015), I created a video that taught you how to buy UPC codes for Amazon and for private label products. Since that video, there have been some changes to Amazon’s policies (enacted since June 216). Because it has become outdated, I have decided to create a new video.
Question #1: Why is a UPC code, and why do I need one?
If you want to create a new listing on Amazon for a product that does not have a pre-existing listing (for example, private label products, new bundles or items that haven’t been listed on Amazon before) then you will need to get a barcode to include on the listing.
Amazon accepts three types of barcodes: A UPC (Universal Product Code), an EAN (European Article Number, now known as an International Article Number) and a ISBN (International Standard Book Number).
Question #2: Do I really need to buy a UPC/barcode to list my product?
There is a chance that you may not need to purchase a barcode for your product, even if you’re creating a new listing. If you are dropshipping a product, you should ask the dropshipper if they have a UPC already for the item. You can then use theirs.
If you are private labeling and creating your own item, then you will need to purchase a UPC/barcode.
Keep in mind that if you are doing retail arbitrage and listing bundles of items, you can not take the UPC from one of the items in your bundle and then use it for the bundle listing. You will need to get an entirely new UPC for your bundle.
Question #3: I’ve established that I need buy barcodes for Amazon. Where do I get one?
The easiest way to get a barcode is to buy UPC codes for Amazon listings. It is cheaper and faster than trying to get an EAN.
The cheap way to buy UPC codes for Amazon is to purchase a UPC code from a reseller.
You need to be careful when purchasing codes from a reseller. Yes, this is the cheap way to buy UPC codes for Amazon, but if you purchase from a seller that is not credible, you will be risking having your Amazon listing deleted.
In June 2016, Amazon updated their policies. In their updated policies, they made it clear that UPC codes on new listings could NOT match UPC codes on other listings in their database. If your listing had a match, then it would be rejected and removed.
In the past, I recommended eBay sellers as a cheap way to buy UPC codes for Amazon. The issue with them is they did not pay attention to whether they were selling you already-used UPC codes or not. You need to purchase from a reseller that will not sell you a duplicate code.
In addition you need to make sure that when you buy UPC codes for Amazon you only go through sellers who purchased their UPC codes to resell BEFORE 2002. It is illegal to reuse UPCs that were purchased after 2002 courtesy of a law change.
That is why I recommend Nation Wide Barcodes: http://wholesaleted.com/go/upc
The reason why I recommend them is because they are very careful to not sell duplicate UPC codes.
You see, back before 2002 they purchased a lot of fixed GS1 Company Prefix’s. When you purchase an official UPC, you don’t get a single 12-digit number. You get a fixed GS1 Company Prefix. The rest of the number is made up of the item reference and the check digit.
When you purchase one of these, you can purchase a GS1 Company Prefix that is between 6-10 digits long. If you purchase one that is 10 digits long for $250, then you will have 1 item for the item reference (and 1 item for the check digit). On the other hand, if you paid $10,000 then you got a 6-digit GS1 Company Prefix. This leaves 5 digits for the item reference, meaning that you can make up to 100,000 different UPC’s with just 1 GS1 Company Prefix.
What Nationwide Barcodes did was they purchased multiple 6-digit GS1 Company Prefix’s before 2002. This means that they now have the right to not only generate hundreds of thousands of UPCs, but they have the right to resell them too. Using them is a cheap way to buy UPC codes for Amazon.
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