Barcode Guide

Remember if the price of an issue changes, the barcode must also change. Note that it is not possible to use the same UPC for issues that come out in the same calendar year.

Image of a barcode

Manufacturer’s Code BipadCheck Digit  UPC
Identifiesyour primary distributor your titleauthenticity of the barcodethe issue, either by issue number, season or month
When to Changewhenever there is a price changeonly if you leave your original distributorcalculated by the barcode generatoreach issue in a calendar year
Conditionsusually supplied by your distributor, who owns the actual number but generally lets a title use it for freethis number stays with your title, but If you do stand-alone issues with a sales schedule that overlaps your regular title, they should have their own bipadsyou cannot use the same UPC twice in a calendar year, and the UPC you choose MUST match something printed on your cover (season, month, issue number)

If you need barcodes or advice on barcodes please email Chris Chambers, Manager, Retail Accounts at