There are many different printing options available for printing on blank labels. Because of this it, is essential that you select the right type of for your particular application. The most common types are blank, laser, inkjet, thermal transfer, direct thermal, and dot matrix (pinfeed). Blank labels are most commonly recommended for applications such as addressing and mailing and are typically purchased from a label manufacturer who supplies a blank product. In recent years, cd labels have become popular as users look for ways to label their cdr / dvd collections and software.
Popular Blank Label Types
Listed below are the most popular types of blank labels. Each one has their strengths and weaknesses.
Laser Printer Labels – This type of label is made for a tabletop laser printer. They are printed on 8.5″ x 11″ sheets which can be fed through a printer like a sheet of paper. Lexmark and HP are common brands of laser printers that are used for this purpose. They use toner as opposed to ink cartridges. Avery is a popular supplier of this type of product.
Inkjet Printer Labels – Inkjet Labels are made for use in inkjet printers. Ink jet printing is an affordable method of printing that is becoming increasing popular due to advances in ink jet technology. Inkjet labels are found on 8.5″ X 11″ sheets made for feeding through a printer like a sheet of paper. They use ink cartridges as opposed to toner. Avery is a popular supplier of this type of product.
Thermal Transfer Labels – Thermal transfer labels are used in thermal printers. This type of printer uses rolled labels as opposed to labels on sheets. They use heat to imprint a ribbon onto the label.
Direct Thermal Labels – Direct Thermal labels are used in direct thermal printers. These printers use roll labels as opposed to labels on sheets. Direct thermal printers do not use ribbons.
Should I buy labels from an office supply store or direct from the manufacturer?
This question can only be applied to blank labels due to the fact that they are the only type of labels that can be purchased in a retail environment. There are advantages to purchasing labels from the manufacturer, as well as, from an office supply store.
Buying direct from a label manufacturer is a sure way to save a lot of money. Manufacturer pricing is, generally, 35%-75% lower than retail pricing. In addition, manufacturers tend to have a much larger selection of sizes and choices.
Buying labels in an office store will cost you a lot more money, but you save some money on the shipping costs. In addition, return policies at the office supplies stores will be less forgiving than most manufacturers return policies.
Manufacturer Direct Advantages
- Big price savings (30%-75%)
- Larger Selection
Local Office Supply Store Advantages
- No shipping
- No hassle return policy