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    We have the opprotunity to put some of our honey into a store chain. They want us to buy a UPC code.

    Anyone ever done this before? What is the process? What is the cost?

    Any advice would be great. Thanks.
    Chef Isaac..Culinary Arts and Honey are a sweet mix! http://www.sweetascanbeehoneyfarm.com & http://www.adoptahive.info

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    I looked into this a while back. The cost was about $800 and about $200 per year after that (not counting printing) from these folks:

    http://www.gs1us.org/

    It turns out I didn't need it because the couple retailers I sell to offered to put bar code stickers on the honey jars themselves.

    I have also heard that you can get bar codes a lot cheaper through places like this that resell bar codes:

    http://www.buyabarcode.com/index.php?/en

    The only hitch is you use their company's ID number not your own which may be an issue for retailers.

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    If it's a chain then ask them for a list of unused
    codes and there is free UPC barcode printing
    software out there.

    Otherwise figure $50 to $75 per code for a
    registered one.

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    Isaac:

    We bought a block of 100 codes 3-4 years ago from GS1. Like GaSteve says it is pretty expensive--you have a one time fee and then a yearly membership fee. We have only used 4 of them and I don't think any stores we have sold to have utilized them.

    Check out this link, it might be the way to go.

    1-1 $ 23.00
    2-10 $ 20.00
    11-25 $ 18.00
    26-50 $ 15.00
    51-100 $ 14.00

    I have the software to make the codes, I'll make them for you, if you give me the number.

    Your becoming quite the Northwest Honey Mogul!
    Blue Sky Bee Supply
    Quality Bee Supplies, Bees and Containers!

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    thanks Jamie!

    The ones I have seen are cheaper then GaSteve... a lot cheaper.
    Chef Isaac..Culinary Arts and Honey are a sweet mix! http://www.sweetascanbeehoneyfarm.com & http://www.adoptahive.info

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    They will work as will any bar code reseller. Just remember that the GS1 company prefix (first 6 digits of the barcode) identifies their company -- not yours. If your retailers don't care -- no problem. But some retailers require the bar code prefix to be registered to your company not that of the bar code reseller. The only place to get a unique company prefix for your company is GS1. See the FAQ link below from Bluesky's link.

    http://www.singleupc.com/faqs.htm#Wh...I_use_this_UPC

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