Is It a Fake If the Product Barcode Unrecognized?

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When cashiers in shopping malls and supermarkets settle goods, they will use barcode scanners to scan and read the barcodes of goods. Then, the product information will be displayed on the computer screen. Commodity barcodes are like the "identity cards" and "passports" of commodities, which can ensure that the codes of each type of commodity item of each enterprise are unique and universal in the world.

Although commodity barcodes have brought great convenience to commodity retailing, some companies have bad use of commodity barcodes. For the sake of convenience, they use fake barcodes on commodity packaging to pretend to be commodity barcodes or counterfeit commodity barcodes, which directly touches the red line of the law.

Definition and Use of Commodity Barcode

A commodity barcode is composed of a group of regularly arranged bars, spaces, and their corresponding codes. It represents the barcode symbol of the commodity code. Commodity barcode is mainly used for code and barcode identification of retail commodities, storage, and transportation of packaged commodities, logistics units, and the location of participants.

Among them, retail commodity codes and barcodes refer to the codes and barcode identifications prepared for commodity units for the main purpose of satisfying retail scanning and settlement. Non-retail commodity codes and barcodes refer to codes and barcode identifications for commodity units for the purpose of non-retail settlement. In the circulation link, it can price, order or invoice the commodity unit. The logistics unit code and barcode refer to the code and barcode identification prepared for the temporary commodity packaging unit in the logistics. Barcode refers to the temporary code and barcode identification in-store that the store has compiled for the product in order to facilitate the management of the product in the store.

Will It Be Fake If the Product Barcode Cannot Be Recognized?

If the domestically produced product cannot scan the barcode, it must be a fake. But this is also relatively rare. First of all, counterfeiters are not fools. Also, a barcode is very easy to counterfeit. So this situation is difficult to meet in practice. Buying domestic products, in most cases, you can scan the barcode.

Can you scan the barcode to be considered genuine? Of course not! Those counterfeiters can even create anti-counterfeiting labels, not to mention barcodes without any technical content. So why do counterfeiters have to set the barcode differently from the genuine one?

Why can't you scan the barcode if you buy a foreign product? All barcode scanning software has a database behind it. Some of these foreign products included in the database are collected by the staff of the database, and a larger part is the product information uploaded by the users who scan the code themselves. Like many niche products, if there are no users to upload product information, naturally, their barcodes cannot be scanned. Therefore, it can't be said that it is fake if you can't scan the barcode. It only means that this product has not been recognized by the general public. Therefore, barcodes and verification of authenticity have little to do with it.

To sum up, will it be a fake if the barcode cannot be scanned and recognized? Not really. Because the barcode is only an auxiliary means. You can scan the barcode to find out some relevant information about the product, such as name, origin, type, and so on. But barcodes are easy to fake. It is difficult to know the authenticity of the product just by scanning. So, in general, consumers cannot be sure whether the goods are genuine or not. But the importance of barcodes cannot be ignored. If it can't be scanned at all, it means that there must be a problem. At least, its owner is not willing to make fake barcodes. This is obviously not logical.

How to Check the Authenticity of the Product When the Barcode Cannot Be Recognized

1. Look at its box

No matter what type of thing, the packaging box can generally be used as a factor to judge whether it is true or false. You can check the content on the box, the printed font, material and batch number, etc. Through careful observation, you can still find the slightest clue, and it is easy to tell whether it is true or false via these small details.

2. Look at the product itself

Whether the product is genuine or not, you will know after using it. For example, real cosmetics are not irritating and mild, having good skin-friendly properties and a very light texture. But the fake can always appear different from the real in some ways. You can see the difference by comparing them.

3. Look at the price and purchase channels

The last thing is to look at the price and channel of purchase. Whether the product is fake can also be known from the price. Also, it cannot be sold at a low price even if it is discounted, especially for high-end products. So you have to believe that there will be no free lunch in the world. Don't be silly.