About gift cards

To purchase gift cards

The first step in setting up gift cards for your business is acquiring the gift cards. Personalized gift cards can be purchased from any third-party supplier. The Lightspeed-recommended partner for gift cards Plastic Printers.

Barcode requirements

To avoid compatibility issues for use with Lightspeed Retail, gift card barcodes must be produced using either the EAN-13 or UPC-A standard and must adhere to these requirements:

EAN-13 standard

EAN-13 is the preferred barcode standard.

  • Must begin with the numbers 23. For example, 2300000000009 (with 9 being the check digit that is calculated based on the previous barcode numbers).
  • It is recommended that you add a random prefix after the 23 to make it less likely that cards from another business could be used at your business. For example, you can choose 1234 as your random code, which makes the number 2312340000007, with 7 as the check digit.
  • Each card must have a unique number. This is usually accomplished by printing cards sequentially. For example, if the first card is 2312340000007 you print 500 cards the last card would be 2312340004999, with 9 as the check digit.

UPC-A standard

If you can't print EAN-13 barcodes, you can use the UPC-A standard instead.

  • The UPC-A barcode must begin with a 4.
  • It is recommended that you add a random prefix after the 4 to make it less likely that cards from another business could be used at yours. For example, you can choose 1234 as your random code making the number 412340000006, with 6 as the check digit that is calculated based on the previous barcode numbers.
  • Each card must have a unique number. This is usually accomplished by printing cards sequentially. For example, if the first card is 412340000006 you print 500 cards the last card would be 412340004998, with 8 as the check digit.

 

 

 

 

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