Hi folks. I just started looking into getting a barcode for my first release. What everyone knows and will tell you is that you need a barcode if you want the cd to be "tracked" by soundscan, once you register it with them. What I can't find out is how, exactly, this tracking takes place. My only experience with barcodes is when I'm purchasing something. This always requires the cashier to scan the barcode with a laser and make it beep. Clearly, thats "recording" the purchase in the store's database. Since I will be doing most of the selling of this cd, how does one properly record each individual purchase in a way that takes note of the barcode? Do I need to buy my own laser scanner? That doesn't sound right. My understanding was that cd barcodes get scanned en masse when they are sent from the manufacturer to the distributor, care of the record label. How does it work for those of us who are not working with a distributor? And what about consignment? What system do you folks use to properly log your barcoded cd sales to record stores... and are the folks at the stores going to give your cd the laser treatment when they sell it as well? How does that recorded sale get back to you and then on to soundscan?