So your new product is finally ready to go! After countless hours of hard toil, you have decided to finally take the plunge – to try to sell your product in a store or retailer in South Africa. You have put many hours into the development of this product. You have spent sleepless nights worrying about things such as logistics, shipping, manufacture and packaging; and you have succeeded against all odds. All that now remains to be done is to purchase your barcode, and then you can start to sell. But…you may ask, how do I buy a barcode in South Africa? Who do I buy barcodes from? Can I not simply generate one for myself for free?
Not to worry, we are here to help. This article is designed to help equip you with the information that you need to purchase an official registered barcode for your product.
Free barcode generator
The first item that we need to cover is the concept of generating free barcodes for your product. Sadly, this is a myth. There is no such thing as a free retail barcode. Retail barcodes (also known as EAN or UPC barcodes) are a special kind of registered barcode designed specifically for use with retail products. They consist of 12 or 13 digit codes which, when registered, will be linked to your product throughout the globe via the various worldwide barcode databases. All retail barcodes are registered through a single US-based organization known as GS1. GS1 charges a significant upfront registration fee for all new registrants, and this is followed up with annual renewal fees for the lease of the your barcodes. Unfortunately, it is illegal to use un-registered barcodes on a product in retail stores in South Africa, and the penalties for non-compliance with GS1 regulations are stiff and often costly. So, you may ask, what are my options?
Well, there is one other option available to you. A much simpler and better option in our opinion. You can go through an official reseller, such as ourselves! We, at Barcode Solutions, are able register and then generate barcodes for our clients, at a fraction of the cost of individual Gs1 registrations because we purchase in bulk. All the barcodes that we issue are Gs1 registered and are legal for use in South Africa and abroad. We specialize in registeration of barcodes for the Southern African region in particular (including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe).
So, if you need to generate a barcode for your products, and you need it done cheaply, swiftly and without compromise – don’t hesitate, call us today and we will have you up and running in no time!!