We product our own physical products and looking to upload our products to Amazon. They have mandatory upc code but our products don't have any. Are these numbers we can just come up with?
1:46 am on Sep 10, 2013 (gmt 0)
Whether you need a UPC product code depends on the type of product as Amazon wants everything categorized properly. If it doesn't fit in any existing category I believe you can put it in the Everything Else category used by antiques and such without codes.
We normally don't drop names to paid services but there's no free options in this case. I know the GS1US is expensive, $750 to join and $150/year maintenance just to get a UPC code. BuyABarCode will sell you a barcode for less than $100 and has some cheap options if you just need a few.
Starting to wonder if Amazon has stock in barcodes?
[edited by: incrediBILL at 1:54 am (utc) on Sep 10, 2013]
1:54 am on Sep 10, 2013 (gmt 0)
hi bill, yes our definitely belongs in category. Wasn't sure how a company can self generate upc.
1:55 am on Sep 10, 2013 (gmt 0)
You can't self generate a UPC, UPC contains a company code any someone maintains that registry which is what they want you to pay to maintain.
It's like domain names, you can't just put your own out there without paying someone else to maintain the registry of domain names.
I think some people just put a product or two in Amazon and use it as a device to drive people back to their site with all of their products. Same game we used to play with Yahoo Stores.
7:51 pm on Sep 10, 2013 (gmt 0)
You mean you have your own private label items? Are you selling on Amazon or to Amazon?
If you're selling on Amazon as a third party seller, than if you have a pro-subscription ($39.99/month) you shouldn't need UPCs. Almost none of our products have UPCs.
And as others have mentioned, you can't just create these numbers if you do want to use them.