don’t assume that Amazon has rejected the UPC code you tried to use. it must be formatted correctly. Try adding a zero to the beginning and/or a zero to the end. It often takes me several tries to get one of my purchased UPCs to work, but I have never failed to get one to work. But then I don’t buy them on ebay.
The UPC issue is complex. Basically any UPC code created before August 2002 is a valid code that can be bought and sold. Codes after that date can only be leased from GS1 and Amazon will not accept those unless your name matches the lessor’s name.
Here is an explanation of the situation from a professional online bar code retailer.
+All of the barcode numbers we sell originated from the UCC or Uniform Code Council, now known as GS1. Previously when a company needed barcodes they went to that company and they outright purchased what was called a company prefix. Each prefix makes 100,000 barcode numbers. After time the UCC tried to go back and charge renewal fees on the numbers they had already sold outright. A civil suit was filed and the UCC lost. That gave the prefix owners the right to do whatever they want with their prefixes including splitting them up and selling their prefixes. After the lawsuit settled the UCC changed its name to GS1 so they could implement the new rules and fees.+
+GS1 is a company that operates as a non-profit and chooses to make their database public information. They are not a governing agency as they try to portray themselves. There isn’t a governing agency over barcodes. Since GS1 is a company they are not required to update their GEPIR database to reflect new ownership of the barcode numbers. It would be the same if you were to go buy a washer from a home appliance store and then sell it in a garage sale. The store isn’t going to go back and update their records to show who you sold it to, they only care about who they sold it to and that’s the same way GS1 works. If you were to buy barcode numbers from us and if you look those numbers up in GS1’s public database known as GEPIR, you would see the name of the original purchaser. That would be the name of the person or the company that bought the barcodes directly from the UCC, now known as GS1. It would not be the reseller’s name. It would not show Speedy Barcodes, LLC.+
+No matter how many times you request GS1 to update their records to the new information they will refuse to do so. They will even go as far as to deny the civil suit and they will tell you that they still control all barcode numbers even though they lost control of all of the numbers that were issued by the UCC prior to August 28, 2002. We have attached a copy of the settlement agreement for your records.+