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What’s the difference between a UPC code and a Barcode?

UPC is short for Universal Product Code, a unique 12-digit number assigned to retail merchandise that identifies both the product and the vendor that sells the product. The UPC on a product typically appears adjacent to its bar code, the machine-readable representation of the UPC.

A barcode (also bar code) is an optical machine-readable representation of the UPC 12-digit number that can be reproduced onto merchandise and retail products.

You need to purchase a UPC code in order to create a barcode for your packaging. Although there are many places to create a free barcode online, there are few ways to actually purchase your 12-digit UPC code. Save time and money by purchasing your UPC code directly through indiehitmaker.

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