[Dixielandjazz] Bar Code

Edgerton, Paul A paul.edgerton at eds.com
Thu Apr 17 13:26:11 PDT 2003

> There are several places on the internet (use Google) where you can
> generate any kind of barcode and usually for free. Just download it
> and print it onto label paper and stick it on your CD. 


There's a bit more to it than that...

You have to ensure that your CD has a unique code. Most vendors use the
Universal Product Code, or UPC. Of course to get a unique code and to ensure
it *stays* that way, you have to register it. That costs a little money.

If all the retailers cared about was inventory control, they'd just put
their own labels on the product. But as Bob implied, it's also a barrier to
entry for the homespun CD promoter. To put it another way, they want your
product to be as much like the stuff they sell as possible. Of course then
it wouldn't be Dixieland, would it?

Paul Edgerton
Who just says "No" to bar codes.

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