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Post subject: Did big companys like K-Mart use barcodes on the shrink wrap  PostPosted: Apr 06, 2013 - 05:10 PM
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I bought a record off amazon which has the original pressing ghs 2001. But i was wondering because the seller told me they got it from k-mart the day after john lennon died. I was wondering did big companys like k-mart use barcodes on the shrink wrap during 1980 to make it easier at checkout?
 
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Bar codes on LPs can go as far back as 1978 as far as I know. Although they may have been a sticker and not printed on the merchandise. The first barcode was on a pack of gum in 74.

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K-Mart and many other large retailers used their own bar codes for inventory management for several years before bar-coding became record industry standard practice.
 
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The first LP with a printed barcode in the US was Elvis Costello - Special Forces in January of 1979.

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I worked for a Northwest chain in the early 1980s. We were aware of barcodes but the $$$ barrier was too much at the time. Vinyl went on rapid decline and we never got to it.

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