What Is the Difference Between Serial Numbers and Model Numbers?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 3, 2020 11:31:31 AM ET

An item's model number helps identify the type of product issued by a manufacturer, whereas a serial number designates an individual item with a unique code. For example, a group of identical items would have identical model numbers, and a set of serial numbers would be assigned incrementally to each item within that group.