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FAQ# 970: When I scan a product, why does a different number show up than the number I entered into my software for that product?

Question

When I scan a product, why does a different number show up than the number I entered into my software for that product?

Answer

Most barcode scanners are configurable: They can include or discard the leading or trailing digits of a UPC barcode, they can often perform custom data parsing, and they can otherwise alter the barcode data in a variety of ways. For this reason, sometimes the number which your barcode scanner outputs will differ from the number you expect.

Given the variety of ways a scanner can alter this data, it is difficult to provide detailed troubleshooting information without more specific details about how the scanner output differs from expected output. As such, we would ask that you contact our support department at 1-800-903-6571 for assistance.

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