[Dixielandjazz] Bar Code

BillSargentDrums at aol.com BillSargentDrums at aol.com
Thu Apr 17 18:34:54 PDT 2003

Regarding the barcode discussion:

I am in the process of starting a Recording/Publishing Company/Record Label.

This topic is timely because I am in the process of getting our own barcode 

For a small company, such as ours, the cost is $750, with an annual renewal 
of $150 (as is the current rate) . . . much like a domain name on the 
internet, except the large initial fee.

For this fee, they assign our company a PREFIX. We then will assign a suffix 
for each product we produce ourselves.

The time for this process to take place, if you apply online, is 5 days.

The reason why we are choosing to have our own Barcode Number, is when you 
use a Replicating House's number, you'll come up on the computer as 
"DiscMaker's Barbone Street Band Present's . . ." or "Joe Blow's Replicating 
Company presents Barbone Street Band".

We are creating what we believe will be a label of some degree of prestige 
and legitimacy and we didn't wish to appear as some home-made jobbie.

That being said, the CD we recently put out of Chelsea had no Barcode, shared 
or otherwise. We have broken all local artist sales records in Southeastern 
Wisconsin. We had them available in all kinds of stores, including Barnes & 
Noble, Borders and Sam Goody. Barcodes seemed not to be a requirement of any 

I do not know if this will be a detriment when we distribute nationally.

I hope someone finds this helpful, and I welcome any further comment and 


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