Top 5 Ways to Find Free UPC Codes

Quick and Easy Ways to Find UPCs for Sweepstakes Entry

Have you ever tried to enter a sweepstakes, but been stumped because you need a UPC code to submit your entry and you didn't want to buy the product?

Well, there's good news. There are plenty of ways to find UPC codes without buying products; for many of them, you don't even need to leave your desk chair.

So before you skip your chance of winning some great prizes, try these free and easy ways to find UPCs for products.

Use Online Retailers to Find UPC Codes

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It's amazing what you can buy online these days. Even individual candy bars and boxes of cereal are available to be purchased at or at your favorite grocery store's online delivery service.

Many times, these online retailers will include the UPCs of the products that they have for sale. So a quick visit to an online retailer could give you the codes you need to enter.

Find Free UPC Codes in the Internet UPC Database

The Internet UPC Database is a storehouse of free UPC codes for a wide variety of products. Some of these may be outdated and the database may not include specially-marked products, but oftentimes a hard-to-find code will show up here.

Do an Internet Search for Free UPC Codes

If I'm stuck for hard-to-find sweepstakes codes, I do an internet search to find out whether any other websites are offering the free UPC codes I need. It's amazing how often a quick search turns up a free sweepstakes code on a hard-to-find site.

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Read the Sweepstakes Rules for Free UPC Codes

Sweepstakes sponsors cannot require that you purchase an item in order to participate, without violating the laws against private lotteries. So even if a code is required, the sweepstakes rules will usually offer a method of getting free UPC Codes.

Some of the common ways to get free codes include clicking on a link in the rules or on the entry form, requesting a code by email, or mailing away for a free sweepstakes entry or code.

Get Free UPC Codes at the Grocery Store

If all else fails, you can always go to your local grocery store and write down the UPC Code from the products that you need. UPC Codes are found on the outside of the product packages, so you don't need to actually buy anything to get the codes you need to enter sweepstakes.

If you have a smart phone, you can also use it to snap a quick picture of the UPCs you need, and avoid any chance of making a mistake when you write the code down.

Ask for Free Codes on Social Media

If none of these methods work for you, you can always try asking your fellow sweepstakes fans on social media for help with UPC codes.

Personal friends might be able to help, or you can check sweepstakes forums, Facebook pages, or Twitter accounts from people who love sweepstakes.

My About Sweepstakes Facebook Page or my ContestsGuide Twitter Page are good places to look for free codes. More

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