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As a tiny label just setting-up, how do I go about getting one?
are you only releasing one record?
if you know the answer, share it with the class. If not, shut the fuck up.
not even funny
I'm a crushing disappointment to my friends and family alike.
Do you even need a barcode?
having a UPC is extremely useful for a lot of reasons, as will become very clear.
hilarious, well done
Big up Ditto, cracking team, my label's next set of releases is being handled by Cargo through Ditto. Happy days.
Gosh, fuck me. Rethink time.
you were SERIOUS?
I assumed it was a joke too...
Christ on a bike... Cargo direct it is then.
to this post
of my favourite threads. Thank you for reminding me of it.
i should be revising. but it was so good.
surely whoever is doing your pressing for you can print one for you?
i've never done it myself, but whenever i've been ordering things i've seen it as an extra option.
Barcodes in the UK are administered by a big organisation:
So, ultimately, that's where all barcodes for UK businesses come from. However, becoming a member of GS1 UK is pretty expensive, and members typically get access to many more barcodes than they actually need, so lots of businesses will sell individual barcodes on. The people pressing your records may be able to do this for you.
your serious answer :-)
we have a barcode program downloaded from the net, which generates the appropriate barcode for ya. it creates a gif or jpg, and you whack it on the sleeve in photoshop or whatever you use to design the sleeves.
nice and easy.
do you know what the program is called?
i dont, but i'll find out. my brother does all that stuff for the label, but i asked him and he said "just a barcode program".
a quick search on google for "barcode generator" brought up a site that generates them for free online that you can save as a graphic.
But it won't actually come up with a number that means anything (or, for that matter, a number that someone else isn't already using). You have to be allocated a number first.
you need a UPC number, which you either pay for, or your distributer may be able to allocate one for you.
there's various types of barcodes though. the common ones are EAN which is mainly UK, and UPC which is US, and therefore works worldwide.
we have a UPC number which we bought years ago. you can get info on that here:
is that just a design thing though? I mean, a barcode generated in that program won't actually work when scanned in a shop will it?
I have just dug out the link to gs1, but argle got there first!
I looked into this for releasing a single, but financially it seems pointless... unless you have a distributor and will actually shift enough copies to cover all costs and / or plan to do at least a few releases per year.
Otherwise paying for membership to GS1 UK is a waste of time and I'd just stick a fake barcode on for effect.
a fake barcode would be fun yeah.
if its just one or two singles and you have distribution - ask the distributer.
my fake barcode in one of those Sainsbury's self-checkouts.
"Sperm Whale - £2999"
*unexpected item in the bagging area*
sperm whales are 2 for 1 at asda at the moment
the barcode generators still need to generate from a number, which your distributor should be able to provide you with. shellshock do them for a tenner. you can then use whatever thing you've scabbed off the net to do the graphics, or pay a bit extra to your manufacturer to drop it in for you. shouldn't be anymore than £25 in all.
barcodes = sex
that you're the first person ever to come up with that equation.
i suspect that too.
now you're talking sense(ual).
£25 for a barcode seems pretty damn good to me and without all the hassel of joining GS1 UK.
I actually have a semi....Shady might be on to something with that equation!
warm glow PLUS lols
is that they arent ever registered officially. so you could end up with a barcode which is already actually in use.
like that time i ordered Fickle Public's 'Bucko' and received a CD of olde Irish folk songs from some newbie label who generated the same damn barcode.
ben was unimpressed.
that did also involve a spectacularly stupid mail order outlet who don't subscribe to "does this CD match this order?" checks.
got your own number.