Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Video Game Value UPC Scanner

We've added a UPC Scanner to PriceCharting using your mobile phone camera.

You can scan any UPC barcode for a video game and quickly find the value.

Here's how it works:

Click UPC Button Near Search Box



Scan a Barcode

You may be asked to grant permissions for PriceCharting to use your camera. Choose 'yes'. This is required so we can see what game you are scanning with your phone.




See Game Value




The tool is only available on mobile devices because they have built in cameras. The tool is still in testing phase, so please give us your feedback. How accurate is it for you? How quick is it? Etc.



Some Tips for Using UPC Scanner

  • Works best with good lighting.
  • You get best results with a high quality camera that takes good close up shots.

25 comments :

Unknown said...

Is this only Apple? I don't see the app in Google.

Xenosns said...

Works on Android through the browser just fine on my galaxy s9, used it just few days ago.

JJ said...

@anonymous - We do not have an app. This feature is on our website for all users to use on any mobile device.

You will need to visit PriceCharting.com to use it (not available on this blog).

You can read how to make our website behave like an app on your phone though.
https://www.pricecharting.com/faq#mobile-app

TohkaYatogami69 said...

Too bad my camera is ded...

JJ said...

@TohkaYatogami69 - Sounds like a good excuse to get a new phone ;)

Unknown said...

@jj GOt it, thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Awesome update you guys <3

NesJunkie said...

This is a great feature JJ. It really helps on saving time on typing everything into the search box ! 👌🏻👏🏻

vekst said...

Cool feature. Worked well for 90% of the games I tried, but it doesn't seem to pick up random obscure games (such as Boogie for the PS2) and also couldn't get it working for the Google Chrome iPhone app (but I assume its something in my settings). Overall I can't wait to see this improved and used!

JJ said...

Thanks for the feedback everyone. Glad you like the feature and it works well overall.

@vekst - Some of the more obscure UPC codes might not be in our system. We add new UPC codes every week for the most commonly searched UPCs that we don't have plus new releases. Hopefully this feature will help us find more of those missing ones too.

What happens when you try to use it on the iphone Chrome app? Could you send me a screenshot so I can look into it?

vekst said...

@JJ https://i.imgur.com/U6II6Mr.png

JJ said...

@vekst - Thank you. I'll look into that. I'm guessing the app doesn't have some permission that is needed.

vekst said...

@JJ Yeah, seems like. Normally something would pop up asking if Chrome could use the camera but doesn't happen here. In the meantime though I'll use Safari if I need to scan something. Thanks for looking into it!

bartyz said...

i don't have the button near search box for scan :(

Alia parker said...

nice

Tyiral77 said...

I have been using this feature for a while but I recently updated my phone and now the scanner has stopped working.

JJ said...

@Tyiral77 - What phone do you have? I'll look into this and see what might be going on.

Tyiral77 said...

S20+ it seems to work just fine on every other app that uses the camera as a scanner.

Tyiral77 said...

I have an s20+. A coworker also is having the issue and she just got the newer iPhone.

JJ said...

@tyiral77 - Can you visit this page and see if it works for you.
https://serratus.github.io/quaggaJS/examples/live_w_locator.html

That page is a test of the code we use to do the UPC scanning. Let me know if you see your video input on that page or if you get an error message.

Tyiral77 said...

It asked for access to my camera but its not showing anything else

Tyiral77 said...

Visited the page it asked permission to use my camera but no picture or anything came up.

JJ said...

@Tyiral77 - It sounds like Chrome (or whatever browser you are using) doesn't have camera permissions.

You can try the suggestions here to change permissions on an S20.
https://thedroidguy.com/change-galaxy-s20-app-permissions-1122824

Tyiral77 said...

I've been using Google on my last Android as well and no issues. Checked all the settings and permissions and everything is check to let the app use the camera but it is still not working. But every other upc scanner works just fine.

JJ said...

@Tyiral77 - I'll look into this more and see if there is another solution. Our UPC scanner is through a web app instead of through a native app. My guess is that is the difference between other apps working.

We do not have a native app, just a web app.

I'll look around to see if there is another solution.

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