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jdrodi
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This was something that just occured to me. I'm likely going to be publishing my game and selling it in a couple months, and I just realized that I'll probably need a UPC. Obviously I won't need it if I'm selling it myself at a convention, but if anyone else ever sold the item such as a distributor or store etc., the game would likely need a UPC on it. Does anyone know how that process is done, how much it costs etc.?

truekid games
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it's pretty easy, google

it's pretty easy, google UPC... the gs1 site i believe is the official one, but you can find lots of other sites too, that require a little less work on your part (they have a gs1 account, and use it to set up a barcode for you, i think).

another thing to look at is an ISBN, which you can also google- it's what the major book chains use for their ordering, and you can get a barcode along with it.

Katherine
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Cannot comment on other

Cannot comment on other countries but applying through GS1 in Australia was simple - within 24hrs we were registered.

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truekid games wrote: another

truekid games wrote:

another thing to look at is an ISBN, which you can also google- it's what the major book chains use for their ordering, and you can get a barcode along with it.

Use of an ISBN is more restricted. With a UPC, you can decide to recycle it - if the product has been out of print for a long time, you can use the number for a different item. You just own the number.

An ISBN, on the other hand, is registered for a specific product. If you release a revised version - even just a reprint that fixes errata - you should pay for another ISBN.

jdrodi
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I didn't realize it was so easy

Many thanks for the links! That's one more hurdle jumped :)

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jdrodi wrote:Many thanks for

jdrodi wrote:
Many thanks for the links! That's one more hurdle jumped :)

You will find a lot of them. Marketing will be a large one.

I personally plan on getting ISBN numbers because I do not want an additional hurdle in the way of getting into the bookstore chains.

Michael

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ISBN

ISBN only applies on books right? or a media kit that contains a book? I don't really think you can place an ISBN on a game unless it is something which is sold as a book like dungeons and dragons.

Yes, if the content changes you need to redemand an new ISBN. You are only allow to reuse an ISBN if it's a reprint or cover changed reprint.

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larienna wrote:ISBN only

larienna wrote:
ISBN only applies on books right? or a media kit that contains a book? I don't really think you can place an ISBN on a game unless it is something which is sold as a book like dungeons and dragons.

Yes, if the content changes you need to redemand an new ISBN. You are only allow to reuse an ISBN if it's a reprint or cover changed reprint.

books, videos, cd's, and "book related" items. virtually anything falls into that last category. in theory, the primary part of what you're selling someone is a rulebook, you just happen to be including some components along with it, to enhance the use of it.

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