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Adding a Barcode to your Printed Greeting Cards

Greeting card barcodes - EAN13 standard barcode for greeting cards - FREE barcode image if required.
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EAN13 Barcodes for greeting cards EAN13

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Centreprint can add a barcode to your greeting cards - no extra charge (providing that you have the number - see below)

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EAN 13 Barcode for greeting cardsGreeting card barcodes
Unless your greeting cards are being sold in small shops, pubs, village stores and smaller Post Offices, many retailers, such as garden centres, supermarkets and multiples will require a standard 13 digit barcode printed on the greeting cards. This 13 digit barcode, which is standard for greeting cards sold throughout the UK and Europe will be unique to your card and will enable the wholesaler and retailer to enter your card or card range into their stock system, so that the correct price is charged at the till and to enable them to place orders with you before they run out of cards. North America uses a similar, although different system.

What does it cost?
There are two stages to putting a barcode on each of your greeting card designs. The good news is that Centreprint will create the specialist artwork for your barcode(s) FREE OF CHARGE and add it to the reverse of your greeting card when we create the layout, with NO EXTRA CHARGE. However, we do not issue the barcode NUMBER, which you will have to pay for. Please see below for how to get one, five or a range of barcode numbers.

There are two ways of getting greeting card barcode numbers
For larger publishers you can first register with GS1. You will be allocated a Company Prefix which will always form the start of your EAN-13 barcodes and uniquely identify them as yours, you will have 1,000 EAN-13 barcodes available to you. However, the current cost of joining GS1 is £113.35 plus the first year's fee of £113.35 (£226.70 in total) thereafter an annual fee of £113.35. This makes sense if you require quite a lot of different barcodes, but there is a cheaper way for smaller publishers.

Most small greeting card publishers will just require a few barcode numbers allocating to them. You can buy them in ones, fives or more from GetaBarcode who charge a one-off payment. The more numbers that you buy, the cheaper they get so it makes sense to order as many as you may need in the future. The style that you require is called EAN13 (which stands for European Article Numbering 13 digit barcode). Get A Barcode offer a service where they create the barcode artwork for you. You can supply this to us if you prefer, but Centreprint can create the barcode artwork for you FREE OF CHARGE if you just supply the 13 digit number.

Rules for greeting card barcode use
If you intend printing the EAN-13 barcode onto the reverse of your cards one, or more, of the following will have to be considered;

Surface
The surface of the card material (is it smooth or dimpled? for instance). The board we use is very smooth and works well with barcodes.

Background
The colour of the card in the area you wish to print the barcode. Barcodes should be printed in black ink (not a mix of CMYK) on a white background.

Magnification
Barcode ‘magnification’ We always print at 100%, although the barcode can be reduced to 85% if necessary.

Position
Most barcodes are printed at the foot of the back of the card.

Help or advice
If you require any help or advice on barcodes or greeting card printing in general, please fill in our enquiry form

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Our greeting card board - Environmentally Friendly Board from sustainable forests
Our greeting cards are printed on environmentally friendly board. No natural forests are destroyed in the making of the board. Only farmed timber is used in the making of the board and the envelopes. Our board is made from 100% Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) woodpulps, sourced from fully sustainable, carefully managed and renewed forests where at least two trees are planted for every one felled. The board is fully recyclable and is manufactured to precise and controlled standards. The supplier is registered under the British and international quality standard BS EN ISO 9001-2000 and the environmental standard BS EN ISO 14001. Our board contains fibre from mixed sources and woodpulps, including a proportion of recycled fibres.

Multiple images on your greeting cards
The above prices assume that all the cards are the same. If you want to order multiple images (i.e. 250 off each of two cards = 500 cards) at present, we charge just £10 extra for each card AFTER the first one. Therefore two different cards within a quantity would add £10 plus VAT. For example, 100 cards with five designs would cost the standard 100 price PLUS an extra £10 for each extra image - 4 x £10 = £40 extra - plus VAT. Please ring our order helpline on 01902 402693 for details and advice on ordering.

FREE heavy quality greeting card Envelopes
Good quality diamond-flap greetings cards envelopes are supplied FREE with every order for greetings cards. Why pay extra elsewhere? We also recommend our crystal clear peel and seal cello bags.

Colour matching
Please note that ALL forms of printing (litho, digital or even your budget desktop inkjet printer) are based on the CMYK colour system, which has a very narrow range of available colours, compared to your television, camera or computer monitor. We will happily accept RGB files and images to print, but the colours we print are likely to be different to those seen on your screen and inkjet printer. This is why we send you a hard copy proof in the post. If colour is critical or important to you, we recommend that you send us a hard copy print-out to try to match to. Please also note that whoever prints your image, printed colours can never be as bright as those seen on your computer screen. See an explanation of the CMYK process. Naturally, it is very easy to alter the brightness and colours of your computer monitor, but this will not alter the original file.

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Layout
Layout and proofing is FREE, once you have placed your order. Just upload your image and we will do the rest. Logo design (if required) and complex artwork is extra if required. (Please ask us to quote if you are unsure). Advice on creating greeting card artwork

Despatch
Quantities up to 500 cards are usually despatched 3 - 4 working days after proof acceptance - sometimes faster.

Delivery
Free delivery is by Post for small quantities and usually takes 2-3 days from when we despatch. Special Delivery is available at an extra cost of £7.50 plus VAT and usually arrives the day after we despatch. Special delivery needs to be signed for. See further details about delivery and collection.

How can I sell my greetings cards?

Greeting cards are ever-popular and sell for quite a high price in the shops. You can incorporate your own artwork or design or use a photograph that you have taken.

If you are offering greeting cards featuring your local area, pop into local pubs, post offices, general stores, tourist attractions, petrol stations and offer to keep them stocked on a sale or return basis.

Package the cards, with an envelope, individually in cello bags to keep your stock clean. In this way, if you get returns, you can offer them for sale again elsewhere.

If you are a church, school or charity, make sure that all of your members, friends and parents are aware that you are offering greetings cards for sale. Most people buy dozens of cards every year, so will be pleased to buy them from you to raise funds. Women buy the most cards, so make sure that your designs are attractive to the ladies.

Why not ask for a price list and sample pack?
Telephone us on 01902 402693 (24 hours) and leave your name and address, or request some samples and prices

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