The two-minute guide to using barcodes

Posted by Siobhan Hitchmough
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If you sell products, you may want to take advantage of their barcodes to let you take orders and receive goods faster and more accurately. If you’re selling a product, just scan what you’re selling, then print out an invoice and have your inventory automatically adjusted.

It’s much easier and cheaper to get this going than most people think. All you need besides your computer is a barcode scanner and some compatible software. Turns out, we’ll be able to help you with both!

The Brite Barcode Scanner

The Brite USB barcode scanner comes in your choice of 7 different colors and simply just works! It’ll scan almost all 1D barcodes such as UPCs, EANs, Code 3 of 9, Code 128 and much more. Simply plug it in and you’re good to go!

brite barcode scanners

It also comes with a full 60 day money back guarantee and full no hassle 1 year warranty. You’ll love using it in your business!

Visit to check them out now (on sale for a limited time). 

How about inventory software?

You also have various options for the software. If you run a retail store, a point of sale (POS) system may suit your needs. You can also buy add-ons that add barcode capability to Quickbooks. Or inFlow Inventory is a complete small business system that lets you manage inventory and take orders using barcodes. It even has a Free Edition you can download and use with no time limits.

Siobhan Hitchmough

About Siobhan Hitchmough

Siobhan Hitchmough is a customer advocate, community manager and part-time tutorial wrangler. When she's not seeking out new challenges she leads the community and support team at inFlow Inventory.

Have a question or comment? Let us know below!

  1. Symbol barcode scanners are designed to maximize productivity. From ruggedized, industrial-class scanning in warehouse environments, to speeding your customers through the checkout isle at a retail location, there is a Symbol scanner that will suit your need. Symbol scanners have best-in-class features and perform under almost any conditions. Durable, reliable and affordable, Symbol scanners have it all.

  2. You can buy a scanner from the online stores in this blog post, and use inFlow software to help you keep track of your stock.

  3. i used to get my barcodes. I paid 50$ for a barcode with lifetime right of usage and i even got a second for free.

  4. I am having trouble finding a good program for inventory tracking. I want to be able to use my new barcode scanner (USB) with a simple inventory control program (possibly free). I tried inFlow but was a little overwhelmed. I am brand new to barcoding. I want to be able to scan an item and have the database (inventory control program) to subtract from whatever total quantity. Please help, thank you.


  5. i read the message u sent to me bit i can not find any point that could be the answer for my question.i were interested to get this soft ware having my own account by free since i can not afford any payment u know this is why since i am from ethiopia. so please try your best to help me have a free inflow soft ware with my own account.i hope u will do this soon
    thank you in advance
    I am taye from Ethiopia,Bahir Dar

  6. I have a series of 49 bar code numbers that I have been shown how to input into Corel to convert to the bar code. I do not understand how the code is programmed to have the information about the product and price. Where does that stage occur?

    – Julie

  7. Dont even spend $150 i bought a usb barcode scanner on ebay new from Hong Kong for $40 shipped and it works great with inflow and my computer! It was plug and play and saves me tons of time.

  8. (Sorry for the extremely slow responses!)
    @Taye: You can try our Free Edition at

    @Julie: Usually, this information isn’t kept within the barcode itself. You would use some software (e.g. inFlow) that recognizes the product from the barcode, and then retrieves the rest of the product information, including the price.

    @P: That’s quite a bargain! Thanks for sharing

  9. Do you have any solutions for companies that have not implemented barcoding, but need to conduct periodic tagged physical inventory counts? A challenge many companies face with this type of inventory count is that they are using the manila tags with carbon copies (some are carbonless) and require a great deal of handwriting.

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  11. Hi. I have a barcode printer and a scanner. I printed out some lables and tried to scan, but inflow is not picking up the information. How do I connect the scanner so it will work witn inflow?

    Please help

  12. Hi Julia,

    Sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with the scanner. If you can open a new notepad, scan the barcode and have the numbers show up then you should be able to use the scanner with inFlow. If you don’t see any numbers appear the scanner is likely not properly installed and you may want to contact the manufacturer.

    For more information on Barcodes and inFlow please see our article here:

    And let us know if you have any further questions or concerns!

  13. Hi. I have scanned aproduct and got code No.308570010, format-code_128. How do I know the details of the product?. Pl mail me.

  14. I’m sorry Raghuraj but the scanner (unless it is very sophisticated and has access to a vast database of items) will not be able to give you the details of the product. You will have to save the barcode to the product record so that the system knows which product your scanning. Hope that helps!

  15. I want to use Barcode in Godown for Identifying Inventory…etc. So what all things will i need and what will be the investment. The Books has a Barcode so is it necessary to have a printer?

  16. Thank you for the very informative article on bar coding, I am just getting started and want to avoid mistakes.

    Thank You