We have had questions from customers regarding The Barcode Shop. This is a barcode sales site which has cropped up in various countries claiming to sell barcode numbers with individual country prefixes for a one-off cost. They do not have the permission of GS1 in any of these countries and are not legally selling these barcode numbers.

In the Philippines, they are operating as ‘Barcodes for Philippines’ at http://barcodesforphilippines.com. Buying from them risks receiving barcode numbers already assigned by GS1 Philippines to their customers. This means retailers could reject your products due to the barcodes already being in use.

It is currently unclear as to what will happen to this company in the future, however, they have been investigated by The Advertising Standards Authority in the UK and the European Advertising Standards Authority issued a ruling against Global Barcodes, S.L., (The Barcode Shop). Please see http://barcodesellers.org/global-barcodes for further information.

If you require barcode numbers with your genuine country prefix, the only way to acquire these through GS1. No barcode reseller is able to supply these legally. Fortunately, very few retailers actually require this, and retail barcode numbers with a US Country code (07) can be purchased through us.

Please see our Why Buy From Us page and our Barcode Acceptance page for more information. We’re part of the International Barcodes Network who have sold 1,000,000+ barcode numbers to over 40,000 customers in the past 12 years. We have customers happily using our barcodes in over 120 countries, with local branches in 60 countries.