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Fun little fact about GS1 (at least Canada) - they charge you $150 to cancel (almost like charging another year's worth of service for trying to leave) and their customer support is beyond useless.

I had to cancel because my most recent business wasn't working out, so I called to cancel and was told you can only cancel online. They gave me the cancellation page but I had to enter my company's user ID but it kept saying "not found". Called them up, said they'd have support figure it out and insisted that it was impossible to cancel by phone because cancelling required payment through their automated system which was only handled online. Yay...

A month goes by, support never gets back to me, and I get an email about an overdue invoice. Call them back up, get more useless advice ("I'll send the link again!") and then I'm told that there is no manager to speak to, I still can't cancel by phone, and after a pretty lengthy ear-lashing (trying to see how far I can push this at this point) a frustrated rep tells me that the fee still isn't negotiable and there's literally nothing she can do.

Finally get the cancel page to work (I guess they were having system issues that got resolved finally), paid my $150 (plus tax!), and began thinking about how difficult it would be to compete with them because there is clearly room for improvement here.

Honestly, I've had nothing but bad experiences with GS1 from day 1. Easily the most expensive service I paid for (and cancelled) for the least value provided. They didn't even offer UPC graphic design tools when I signed up. Not even a number generator to easily copy all the numbers I paid for. Just a "calculation tool" that was ultra manual and needed to be used for each and every number. Ended up just creating my own tool in excel to automate it.

GS1 is a joke in my experience. A necessary joke, as they are the only legit game in town for proper barcode numbers, but still a joke. Maybe it's just a GS1 Canada thing...
 

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It seems this issue is finally coming to a head. Anyone that tracks Amazon seller boards has seen a flurry of posts over the past week. Seems Amazon is in the process of a catalog purge, having something to do with GS1 barcode matches. Anyone here been affected by this yet?
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In typical fashion, nobody knows exactly what happened over the weekend, but thousands of sellers were taken down over the weekend over "ASIN creation policy violations."
Jonathan here, General manager of BarCodesTalk. From our understanding this was Amazon purging blatant illegally duplicated GTIN's (UPC's/EAN's) from sellers profiles. What this means is that those sellers had used, ignorant of the facts or not, self-invented barcode numbers on amazon. This purge was low hanging fruit since Amazon easily partnered with GS1 (they're on the board of directors of GS1 after all) and see which GTIN's GS1 had not rented out yet and compare that with which one's were actively in use on Amazon. This should have been implemented years ago in our opinion but one step at a time.

What this purge did not do was affect any GTIN's from GS1-USA (formerly the UCC ,1970's to 2002) as these are grandfathered in under the terms of the UCC settlement. More on that settlement here: UCC Settlement | Bar Codes Talk

Our direct experience is Amazon's policy is for sellers to rent their GTIN's from GS1 directly but they only enforce this measure in 1 seller category; Brand Registry as at that level most sellers can easily afford the $$$ + annual fees to GS1. For all other sellers they can buy from legal resellers and use them just fine.
 

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Jonathan here, General manager of BarCodesTalk. From our understanding this was Amazon purging blatant illegally duplicated GTIN's (UPC's/EAN's) from sellers profiles. What this means is that those sellers had used, ignorant of the facts or not, self-invented barcode numbers on amazon. This purge was low hanging fruit since Amazon easily partnered with GS1 (they're on the board of directors of GS1 after all) and see which GTIN's GS1 had not rented out yet and compare that with which one's were actively in use on Amazon. This should have been implemented years ago in our opinion but one step at a time.

What this purge did not do was affect any GTIN's from GS1-USA (formerly the UCC ,1970's to 2002) as these are grandfathered in under the terms of the UCC settlement. More on that settlement here: UCC Settlement | Bar Codes Talk

Our direct experience is Amazon's policy is for sellers to rent their GTIN's from GS1 directly but they only enforce this measure in 1 seller category; Brand Registry as at that level most sellers can easily afford the $$$ + annual fees to GS1. For all other sellers they can buy from legal resellers and use them just fine.
So far.
 

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