Barcodes for Cards

You have three choices when it comes to getting barcodes for postcards or greeting cards:

(1) Each card could be assigned a different 13-digit EAN-13 retail bar code  EAN13 barcode example

This is the best way to go. Retailers prefer this because (a) your barcodes will definitely be compatible with whatever barcoding system they have, and (b) it means that they can do an automatic stock-take (i.e. reordering new cards when the existing stock is selling out, is made much easier). Please scroll down to order an EAN-13 Barcode Package.


(2) All of the cards could use the same EAN-13 barcode number, with an extra 2-digit add-on barcode at the end (ranging from 01 up to 99, to represent the different cards) 070563235712501

The disadvantage of this option is that only some retail inventory systems recognise the 2-digit add-on barcodes (others will read the first 13 digits and ignore the 2-digit add ons). If your retailer’s system copes with add-on barcodes, this option will work well and allow your retailer to do automatic stock-takes. If your retailer’s system doesn’t cope with add-on barcodes, then all the barcodes will be treated as if they have the same (13 digits) barcode number – the inventory system won’t differentiate between them. This means that your retailer would need to do manual stock-takes and reordering. If you are interested in this option, please send us an email to get a quote ([email protected]).


(3) All of the cards could use the same EAN-13 barcode

EAN13 barcode example

This means that the retailer’s inventory system will treat all cards the same, so the retailer will need to keep a close eye on which cards are selling out the fastest and which ones they need to reorder (their system can’t automatically do this for them). Please note that you need a different EAN-13 barcode number for each different price category. If you have two different price groups (e.g. your standard birthday cards sell for 7 GBP each, but your larger cards sell for 10 GBP each), you would need 2 different EAN-13 barcodes. Please scroll down to order EAN-13 Barcode Packages.


We have lots of experience providing barcodes for use on greeting cards and postcards. Please send us an email if you’d like any advice or a quote – [email protected].


Buy EAN-13 barcodes for greeting cards or postcards below: 


    Barcode Packages

    Purchase retail barcodes for all products (except books and magazines)


    • Barcode Number (EAN-13 or UPC-A)
    • Barcode Images (in 4 different high quality formats)
    • Barcode Registration on the International Barcodes Database
    • Certificate of Authenticity stating that you are the sole legal owner of this barcode number.
    • Immediate delivery – all files will be emailed to you as soon as the order has been made.

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    Download a Sample Barcode below:
    Download Sample EAN-13 Barcode Package (zip file)
    Download Sample UPC Barcode Package (zip file)

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