People interested in purchasing a bar code scanner can do so at office supply companies such as Staples, online through Amazon or from companies that specialize in the product. For people who own smartphones, there are apps online that turn iPhones and Android devices into handheld scanners.
There are six types of scanners available depending on what the device will be used for: handheld, cordless handheld, in counter, mobile computer, presentation and fixed mount. Handheld scanners are the most versatile and are often used in retail and grocery stores, warehouses and the healthcare and manufacturing industries. Scanners also need to be attached to a computer to translate thee information found on bar codes.