Can anyone help with advise on product barcodes?
I have a couple of small products that I currently sell online only. I want to start selling in stores via a distributer... I'm guessing I need a barcode on each product?
I understand that barcodes are managed and allocated in each country and in the UK it is controlled by GS1 - UK - http://www.gs1uk.org
To get barcodes from GS1 I need to join them (£102) and pay an annual subscription (another £102). I wouldn't mind it I was going to be selling dozens of products, but that's a lot for 2 or 3 products and eats into my meagre profits for no particular benefit!
Is there a cheaper legitimate way of getting a couple of proper, approved barcodes? There seem to be re-sellers around, but I'm not sure whether they are legit? Or can I sell without barcodes? I imagine that all retailers would insist on them, but I have no experience in this area.
Any advice gratefully received.