Raising the Barcode

Barcodes are everywhere. They can be found on products, coupons, receipts, & even cars. Most of these barcodes are just plain rectangles or squares. But other barcodes have taken on unique shapes and designs. In Japan, you’ll find odd-shaped, decorative, and creative barcodes just about everywhere. But here in the United States, we just have boring, ordinary barcodes- or do we? After scouring the stores, we finally found seven different brands that utilize unique barcodes.

1. Sparkle Paper Towels

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Georgia Pacific urges consumers to check out the house-shaped barcode on their Sparkle Paper Towel brand products.

2. Jelly Belly

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Of course! A company that specializes in jelly beans has a bean-shaped barcode. Duh!

3. Mike & Ike Candies

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Mike & Ike may have split at one point, but they’re back together now, splitting in a different way around their products’ barcodes.

4. Skinny Cow

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Skinny Cow’s tempting ice cream sandwiches have -what else?- an ice cream sandwich-shaped barcode.

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In addition to ice cream, Skinny Cow also makes candy, which has a wavy, cow spot barcode.

5. Nestle Coffee Mate

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Nestle’s Coffee Mate coffee creamer products have tall mugs surrounding all of their barcodes.

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To celebrate the new Star Wars movies, Nestle introduced new character themed bottles. The company also modified their simple mug barcode to include X-wing Fighters instead.

6. Target Baby

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When Target sends out special coupon booklets for baby products, the coupon barcodes have infant-themed items surrounding them, from safety pins to baby bottles.

7. Krispy Kreme

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For their annual “Day of the Dozens” celebration a few days ago, donut-and-coffee chain Krispy Kreme released a BOGO coupon with a scannable barcode made of donut glaze.

(Featured image credit Bill Frymire.)

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