Will my bar code work in every store?
Yes, almost every store & website on Earth in fact! This is because every store & country globally in the 70's adopted GS1's free set of POS system standards for universal product sales and identification.
There are however a handful of retailers that require you to rent your GTIN's. It should be known that GS1 is not a government org, they are a non-profit created in the 70's, still ran by it's founding companies. It should also come as no surprise that the founders of GS1 are also the very stores that force you to rent: Walmart/Sam's Club, Kroger/Fred Meyers, Macy's/Bloomingdale's. *This is not an exhaustive list, but it is as current as we are made available of changing market data. These stores have an internal mandate that you provide a GS1 issued certificate of licensing/renting your GTIN's.
A note on Walmart's online ".com" division: From our understanding they do not require that your GTIN's be rented, this is opposite from their physical store's rules. This seems to agree with our experience that most "old-school" physical stores have one set of policies, but then their "new-school" online-division usually behaves differently (eg: not requiring you to rent your GTIN's).
Not every store that is on the board of GS1 has these same rental requirements, just the one's listed above. While this doesn't prove anything, it does show that the largest of stores can & do operate just fine without having to require you (the vendor) to rent your codes.
Bar Codes Talk will give you an Authentic Certificate of Ownership stating that you legally own your numbers; however, we can’t give you a GS1-US certificate. The GTIN's we provide are the exact same that GS1 provides, the difference comes in that our codes are from GS1-USA prior to August 28th of 2002, and they are grandfathered in under the settlement terms of the UCC (GS1's old name) class action lawsuit that took place in 2002. After that lawsuit the U.C.C. changed their rules (2002) & their name (2005) to GS1.
In short, our GTIN's are exempt from any need to rent/license them and will work in just about every P.O.S. system on Earth.
*While these stores are the most notable, this is not a definitive list and stores can change their internal rules, legally, at any time without public notice or notice to Bar Codes Talk. If you have any doubts contact us first and we can help clarify the current state of affairs in the market. 1-877-263-1343 option 1.