The answer to that question is no. There are certain retailers that require you to supply a certificate issued to you directly from GS1. The majority of retailers do not require a GS1 issued certificate. As a matter of fact, we only found a few that have this requirement and those include, but is not limited to, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Kroger, Macy’s, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Costco, Fred Meyer, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, and Amazon*. If you plan to sell your products in any of these stores, then you have to get barcodes from GS1. Also, if you are working with any stores that will have you participate in the EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) program, then you must get your barcodes from GS1.
It is your responsibility to check with your retailer(s) to find out what their barcode requirements are before you make your purchase. Speedy Barcodes will not be held responsible if you find out after your purchase that the retailer you plan to work with requires that you have barcodes issued to you by GS1 or that your company name appears in GS1’s GEPIR database. Be sure to read our Return Policy
If you are required to get barcodes from GS1, Speedy Barcodes can still create the UPC or EAN barcode images or case codes that you need. Please call or email our office for more details on these services – do not place an order through the website.
*Amazon is on the Management Board of the nonprofit company named GS1 and Amazon’s website states that they are verifying the validity of a Product ID (UPC code) against the GS1’s GEPIR database. With that being said, we still have many customers that are able to buy barcodes from us and are able use them to list their products without any issues, but we cannot guarantee that they will work for every seller.
If you decide that you want to try creating your listings with the barcodes that we sell, we would recommend buying a small batch of numbers to try out first to verify that you are able to get your products successfully listed on Amazon before buying bulk quantities. Also, you do not want to print barcode labels or add the barcode to your product label until you are certain that you will be able to use the barcode numbers that you bought from us. We disclose all of this to you up front because we have a strict no refunds, no returns policy that can be found by clicking here.
If your retailer requires a GS1 issued certificate, then you must obtain your barcode numbers directly from GS1.