The cashier scans the barcode, and the value of the card is loaded onto it. Some retailers may require the customer to register the gift card online before it can be used. This helps prevent fraud and allows the customer to check the card's balance and transaction history.
What is the barcode format for gift cards?
Barcode Card Types Code 128: This is an alphanumeric symbol capable of encoding digits 0-9, upper and lowercase letters A-Z, and all standard ASCII symbols. Code128 is variable length—the more characters, the larger the barcode symbol will be on the finished plastic card.
How do barcode cards work?
Barcodes are graphical representations of data that can be easily scanned and interpreted by barcode scanners. They consist of a series of parallel lines or geometric patterns that encode information about the product or item they belong to.
How do digital barcodes work?
Barcode scanners work much like the human eye. They use light to decipher empty versus filled spaces on a barcode. This information is captured, then delivered into the processor. The processor converts it into a series of binary code that communicates with the software to relay what item it is representing.
Can you scan the barcode of a gift card to redeem it?
If your gift card is redeemable in-store, the cashier can scan the barcode with point-of-sale scanning equipment -- or, manually enter the code into the system.
Which barcode type should I use?
What is the best barcode to use?
|For Identification of:
|EAN-8 or EAN-13
|items for sale worldwide
|ISBN, ISSN & Bookland
|books and periodicals
|EAN-13 with UPC/EAN
|UCC-128, EAN-128 or SSCC-18
|Interleaved 2 of 5 or Code 128