Can I trust the legitimacy of barcode resellers such as SA Barcodes?
SA Barcodes is a legitimate barcode reseller based in South Africa; however we have customers from all over the world making purchases from us.
Our legitimacy lies in the fact that our barcodes our fully registered with the GS1. SA Barcodes bought a large bulk of unused barcodes from the company as the numbers were not under the control of GS1 due to a court case.
In previous years, GS1 did not charge companies an annual registration fee and so manufacturers bought barcode numbers in bulk as the costs were relatively low and it would save them going back to GS1 in the future. Then, in 2002, GS1 announced that all barcodes would need to be paid for each year.
Of course, this did not sit well with companies who had already bought barcodes, as they did not sign to any agreement where annual fees needed to be paid. It was settled in court, and GS1 agreed to pay manufacturers a settlement of nearly four million US dollars.
Manufacturing companies then sold their left over barcode numbers, and so the business of barcode reselling was borne. SA Barcodes purchased a large quantity of these barcodes, which can now be sold legally to customers with the guarantee that they are completely unique to the owner.
Our inbound systems ensure that there are no cases of barcode-duplication. Once a purchase is made, the barcode numbers are taken out of the SA Barcodes database and sent to the customers with a certificate of registration to say that the barcode numbers belong to you and your company.
It is due to this that we cannot offer returns to our customers so as to effectively ensure the legitimacy of our barcodes and allow zero cases of barcode duplication.
Please beware of fake barcode resellers out there. GS1 may not be particularly overwhelmed by the presence of barcode resellers; however they are aware that the business is legal.
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