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Old August 9th, 2017 Aug 9, 2017 2:26:27 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I am wondering what is the best and most efficient way of printing labels?
 
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I use one of the small Zebra printers, the type that prints directly on thermal labels without need of a ribbon (no need for the longevity of a ribbon print for a shipping label).

In a past life I used the larger Zebra printers (with ribbon) to print labels for media, like floppy disks. I'm sure there are other acceptable printers, but I went with the brand I had experience with.

I buy rolls of 450 4x6 thermal labels on eBay.
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I use one of the small Zebra printers, the type that prints directly on thermal labels without need of a ribbon (no need for the longevity of a ribbon print for a shipping label).

In a past life I used the larger Zebra printers (with ribbon) to print labels for media, like floppy disks. I'm sure there are other acceptable printers, but I went with the brand I had experience with.

I buy rolls of 450 4x6 thermal labels on eBay.
Could you please link me the model you are using? I am thinking about getting the Dymo 4XL but I am not sure if that is the best option.
 
 
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Mine is a Zebra GC420d
I'm not sure if that model is still in production, but there will be something similar.
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I bought a Brother QL-700 on closeout at Staples. It was $99 for $14. That was 5 months ago. I still haven't taken it out of the box because I'm lazy and don't ship much.
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Hands down get a Zebra. Avoid Dymo or any other printer that forces you to buy into their services.

I own a used Zebra Gk420d, got it for the cheap on eBay.
Get the rolls from Amazon or eBay for the low.
 
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For printing our shipping labels, we use a laser printer. All the years in business (13+) and thousands of shipments later, we have replaced the toner ONCE!

A HP LaserJet 4250dn. We only use it for our shipping labels.

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For printing our shipping labels, we use a laser printer. All the years in business (13+) and thousands of shipments later, we have replaced the toner ONCE!

A HP LaserJet 4250dn. We only use it for our shipping labels.

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That is what I did at first, and is a great option when starting out as most people already have a laser, or need one anyway to print packing slips, and the like.

But if using the two-to-a-sheet Avery labels, it is fairly expensive compared to 450 qty rolls of 4x6 labels. Using plain paper instead of labels is an option, and is cheap, but then one has to mess about with cutting/folding and taping the thing to the package--while not covering the barcodes with tape. Again, a fine option when starting out and not dealing with a lot of quantity. As to toner ... direct thermal printers use no toner or ribbon.

Any of the options would get the job done, but the TS asked for "best and most efficient," though "best" does depend upon one's specific scenario, efficiency in terms of time and cost per unit are clearer metrics. Of course, if one is shipping a small number of large boxes as opposed to a large number of small poly bags, cost per unit and time become a trivial consideration and not worth much thought one way or the other
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We use the Zebra 450+ and 500 model printers. The thermal labels are the way to go if you are doing large volume shipping. Thermal printers and labels are the most cost effective way to print.
 
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I use a Zebra ZP-450. This model is supposed to only work with UPS's shipping system, but you can get drivers for it to work with eBay, PayPal, Etsy, ECT... I too buy a few rolls of 4x6 thermal labels on eBay for cheap. It works great and looks more professional, especially on poly bags, which I use a lot of.

Dymo printers work, but just feel cheap compared to a Zebra. If you do go the Dymo route, get the Dymo 4XL to do 4x6 labels. I don't know why you would considering you can get a used ZP-450 for about the same price.
 
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That is what I did at first, and is a great option when starting out as most people already have a laser, or need one anyway to print packing slips, and the like.

But if using the two-to-a-sheet Avery labels, it is fairly expensive compared to 450 qty rolls of 4x6 labels. Using plain paper instead of labels is an option, and is cheap, but then one has to mess about with cutting/folding and taping the thing to the package--while not covering the barcodes with tape. Again, a fine option when starting out and not dealing with a lot of quantity. As to toner ... direct thermal printers use no toner or ribbon.

Any of the options would get the job done, but the TS asked for "best and most efficient," though "best" does depend upon one's specific scenario, efficiency in terms of time and cost per unit are clearer metrics. Of course, if one is shipping a small number of large boxes as opposed to a large number of small poly bags, cost per unit and time become a trivial consideration and not worth much thought one way or the other
True but thousands of shipments later we still haven't made it as difficult as you describe..LOL

Print, fold in half, stick it in a clear plastic shipping pouch, stick it to the box...Done! It's been our go to process and has worked well. Just an option.

As you stated, it depends on what type of volume you are doing. If we were doing one offs or retail, definitely would have gone to thermal by now.
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True but thousands of shipments later we still haven't made it as difficult as you describe..LOL

Print, fold in half, stick it in a clear plastic shipping pouch, stick it to the box...Done! It's been our go to process and has worked well. Just an option.

...As you stated, it depends on what type of volume you are doing. If we were doing one offs or retail, definitely would have gone to thermal by now.
Exactly. I ship poly bags to retail customers ... would be a pain to tape a piece of paper to all of those

I think this one aspect, directly retailing one's own designs versus selling printing services, is behind most "disagreements" on here. Both viewpoints are 110% valid, it's just a matter of context--which the questions themselves usually fail to mention.

Myself, I'm working on going wholesale with one of my lines, and I am greatly looking forward to filling up a big box with shirts all going to one place in one package
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