I recently saw photos online taken from supposedly Soviet Russian shop, displaying a number of products as well as other interior of the shop. The cashier machines look extremely mechanical, but there was one product on the shelves that seemed to have a barcode on it, and according to other commenters, this product was manufactured in USSR (it is a cheap variant of eau de cologne). However, the photo was of poor quality, and I can't really see if it is indeed a barcode or just some striped decoration
Did Soviet Union ever start using barcodes, or did this happen only later when more western products were available in the markets?
EDIT; here is a link to the page http://www.doodoo.ru/interesting/12933-soviet-shop.html. The picture I'm talking is the very first on this page: