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    Hey ya'll I have been kinda wondering....
    Can I put bar codes on my cds? or does someone have to do it for me? I would like to do every thing that needs to be done myself.
    If I can, were do I get this info.
    thanks, I looked into the old postings but saw nothing on this.

    reco

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    Check out http://www.changingtones.com/reccobiz.html this site has TONS of info...another good central site would be http://musicians.miningco.com/musicp.../msublabel.htm

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    You can print the bar codes yourself if you're printing your own booklets. All you'll need is a barcode program that can take a upc code (the actual number) and turn it into a "bar code".

    You will have to buy the bar code (the number) from the UPC (Uniform Product Council, I believe). It costed me $300 three years ago. I'm not sure of their web site, if any and my info is at home. If I can find it, I'll send it to you.

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    I think that it's about $500 to get hooked up with the Uniform Code Council now.

    www.indie411.com has all the links to info you'll need.

    dave @ kathode ray

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    If I remember correctly, CDBaby.net can do it for you when you sign up to sell your disc on their site. I think it was fairly inexpensive and they send you either a gif or a jpeg which you can stick into your packaging if you are doing it yourself.
    Hope that helps!
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    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by gordone:
    If I remember correctly, CDBaby.net can do it for you when you sign up to sell your disc on their site. I think it was fairly inexpensive and they send you either a gif or a jpeg which you can stick into your packaging if you are doing it yourself.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I think CD Baby hooks it up for about $35. Not a bad deal.

    If you're planning on coming out with a lot of products, I'd say go for your own number since you'll be able to use it again and again on any number of different things. If not, CD Baby is a great option.

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    I Hope It's Not Too Late!

    Hey, I found this while perusing other stuff online and I instantly thought of this thread. It's a company that will produce (and pay for I assume) your UPC barcode in exchange for putting their record lable logo on your packaging. They say it's not an exclusive record deal, but I didn't read up on it too much. Check it out though...

    http://www.indierec.com/


    Mark
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    I know this is very late but I figure I'd post in case other people come in looking at this thread.

    Actually what happens at Indierec.com is you register your release onto the Independent Records label and we catalog, generate and assign a specific bar code for that release. You also get access to the SoundScan registration sheets and stuff like that. The typical registration costs are $19.95 per release and we don't require the label logo anymore (although you can still use it if you wish). It is non-exclusive and as we venture into other typical label services IR artists would get access to that as well. We also don't take any profits/royalties/etc. from your sales. You keep all that.

    The other option as Dave mentioned above is to register for your own vendor code from the UCC (the cost is now $750 with an annual fee on top of that). Basically the UCC provides you a vendor code number that you use to create your own bar code numbers using some type of software. Their web site is http://www.uc-council.org/.

    Hope that helps you DIY guys out.

    Danny Diaz
    Independent Records
    www.indierec.com

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    Pay the $35 and make it easy on yourself

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    Most CD manufacturing companies will include a bar code in the pressing. Check www.anchorcd.com (shameless plug of the company I help out with).

    I know bands who have sold a hell of a lot of CDs without a barcode.

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