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How to List Product on Amazon Without UPC Barcodes

The efficiency of online shopping has made Amazon the go-to destination for most shoppers. Similarly, the ease of trade has equally made it a trade destination for quite a high number of traders across the globe. However, listing products on Amazon has its rules and regulations such as coding your wares. But worry not, this won’t prevent you from listing if you don’t have the codes. Whether you are a newbie or seasoned trader, this is how to list product on Amazon without UPC barcodes.

But, hold the phone,

What Is An Amazon UPC?

An Amazon UPC (Universal Product Code) is a set of 12 digits uniquely allocated to a particular product to identify and distinguish it from other products sold on Amazon. These codes help in tracking inventory along the global supply chain as well as help a trader exactly match their products. They are mostly used in the US and Canada.

That being said, let’s get back to it,

How To List A Product Without A UPC?

The question on your mind by now is whether or not you need a UPC to list your products on Amazon, right? The answer is yes and no. Confusing? Well, read on.

Currently, Amazon requires that all products listed on their site have registered barcodes.

UPCs are the most commonly used GTIN (Global Trade Identification Number) while listing products on Amazon. However, there are special cases that don’t require you to have them for the products you list. This applies in cases such as;

  • You list your hand-made products such as flower vases
  • Your products don’t have a GTIN such as mobile accessories
  • You sell products in bundles such as a watch, two belts, a wallet, and a necklace in one pack.
  • Your products don’t yet have a name

In such cases, Amazon requires you to apply for a GTIN exemption from GS1 (Global Standards 1).

GS1 is a non-profit organization mandated to uphold international business standards and the sole provider for UPCs. If the above cases apply to the products you are listing on Amazon, then go ahead and apply for a GTIN exemption.

If you are unsure whether your products are non-exempt or not, Amazon has got your back and you can confirm if they appear on their non-exempt list. If they are on the list, then you have to obtain an Amazon UPC.

How To Acquire An Amazon UPC?

As earlier mentioned, GS1 Is the only provider for UPCs. What’s more, it’s the only legitimate source of Amazon UPCs. Therefore, if you are looking for a UPC to help with listing your products on Amazon, then you have to purchase one from GS1.

Listing a product on Amazon requires an authenticity test that goes through the GS1 database. On that note, always make sure you legally purchase your Amazon UPCs directly from GS1 and avoid third-party purchases no matter how attractive they may sound.

Your products can be suppressed or your seller account permanently locked if;

  • Your product doesn’t have a GTIN exemption yet it’s on the list of non-exempt products
  • Your products don’t match the info provided by GS1 for instance, you have listed a flat-screen TV yet the database shows a full kitchen set.

 Now that doesn’t sound good for business!

Conclusion: How to List Product on Amazon Without UPC Barcodes

It might not be a requirement for you to have a UPC for your products by applying for a GTIN exemption. However, this is a short-term solution. If you are looking to stock those products in a physical store, you will need to purchase UPCs from GS1. So, go ahead, get yourself an Amazon UPC and get down to business.

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