Yes, you are correct... $750.00 smack-a-roo`s exactly! OUCH! Your larger retailers will require your GS1 Prefix Certificate which you can only get from joining the GS1. Any other UPC`s you buy have someone else`s prefix. Nothing "wrong" with it, but eventually you will find a large retailer that will expect you to play with the big dogs and cough up the proof. I figured it might be best to do it right out of the gate so later when it`s required, I don`t have to tell all the other customers I have that my UPC is changing. This line of thinking might be right, might be wrong, but that`s what I`ve decided to do. Regarding my packaging design, I got the golden ticket on that one... Here`s the story... I am all about using free resources to my fullest advantage. Places of higher education are a gold mine of knowledge! I am in SC and Clemson University (go Tigers) has one of the best "Packaging Science" departments in the country. I applied to be an industry sponsor for their senior class project which includes....
"PKGSC 420, Package Design and Development, is the capstone course of our undergraduate curriculum. The students are introduced to a systematic procedure and supporting documents to carry a package design project from an idea presented by marketing or production, through writing of a consistent set of package and packaging material specifications. Intermediate steps include: idea generation, idea prioritization and selection, describing the packaging system in a Total Product Concept, preliminary economic analysis, collection of design information, distribution, geometric, performance (structural and shelf life), graphical and packaging process design, planning for design verification, construction of a prototype packaging system, testing of the packaging system, re-design if necessary, economic analysis (manufacturing economics only), writing of specifications, documentation of the project both in writing and orally. Projects generally encompass all facets of the packaging system, including the primary package, the secondary package or shipper, the tertiary package or pallet, the machinery required to fill and assemble the package, and the distribution system"
As you can see, I lucked out on my packaging. I go up to Clemson on April 26th (yes 1 day before our QVC announcement) for the final presentation along with receiving all prototypes, documents and files for manufacturing my packaging. Lesson: call colleges and universities as ask to be part of a class project! Answer to your question, had I not been accepted, I would have googled "consumer goods packaging designer" and asked around like you are doing. I`m leaving all this up to the students and faculty who have made this science their life, and I`ll have tons of answers for you when I get back from Clemson on the 27th
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