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Jun 24, 2016
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UPC/EAN codes off eBay?

I see lots of listings for 1000 UPC/EAN codes for $0.99 USD ($1.30 CAD) these days.

Are they actually legitimate UPC codes that can be used for off the shelf products, or just randomly generated lists of 12 digit numbers?
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Nov 14, 2003
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The first half of the number below to a manufacturer and the second half is a number the manufacture assigns to a specific item.

Find out who it belongs to by looking up the first half.
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Apr 26, 2010
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Those UPC and EAN codes are bought in large bundles and can cause logistic issues in the long term. I'm not sure how you'll be using the UPC/EAN value on your products, but if you really want to get legit numbers, you should reach out to GS1 Canada for more information.

https://www.gs1ca.org
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Yes, these are legitimate UPC codes that will work in *most* situations (listing on Amazon is one of the big reasons many people buy them). They are simply UPCs that are generated under another manufacturer's prefix (a practice that is legal for blocks of UPCs issued prior to August, 2002).

If you're marketing through a major retailer like Walmart, you must spend money to get a company prefix (issued through GS1 - see link above).

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