Solution to Old Problems of Sheet Labels

By: Sally Green

For a very long time there has been a real solution to the problems associated with printing on sheet labels. What we're saying here is that there are thousands of people, if not millions, who use a whole sheet of labels just to print a label or two. It's a total waste of time, it's a waste of paper and it's a waste of money.

Some will present the fact that you can keep re-using the sheet of labels until all the labels are gone, so there would be no wastage. Great call, but there is not a printer manufacturer in existence that will advise you doing this, and we'll describe why shortly.

Some people will point out that if you compare the cost of sheet labels on a per-label basis, the sheet labels will cost less. Another Great point, but it is not just about the cost of the labels, you need to consider the cost of ink, toner or ribbons and time. Printing a single label or just a few labels on a Laser or Inkjet takes longer than the alternative solution.

Talking about the 'alternative', now is the time to introduce it. The rationale to all the nuances of printing on sheet labels is called the 'personal label printer'. They have been around for 16 years. That's right, 16 years, yet so many people still waste time, effort and money printing on sheet labels.

Currently, the most popular personal label printer is the Dymo LabelWriter. The LabelWriter is a small office tool that serves just one very important purpose - printing professional looking labels. The range of labels you can print on a LabelWriter is immense - from address and shipping, right through to name badges and even prescription labels.

The question remains - why is this better than sheet labels? The answer is rather simple, and we've already touched on the subject. The answer is that it is especially devised to print labels. It does not serve any other objective. The entire product from concept to end result centers around printing labels.

But it does go deeper than that. There are many positives of using a Dymo LabelWriter over sheet labels, and when you're talking about printing like one label, two labels, three labels or even a hundred labels at a time, the utter convenience of the Dymo LabelWriter will make it the wise decision.

Sheer convenience is why so many people make the decision to buy a personal label printer. You get free software that is so fundamental to use, and you can even print out of applications like Word, Outlook, ACT!, Goldmine and QuickBooks with just a click or two of your mouse - there's no retyping of addresses.

The other part of the convenience factor is that you don't need to load a sheet of labels into your Laser or Inkjet printer every time you need a label. With a Dymo LabelWriter, the labels are on rolls, and when one label is printed, the LabelWriter feeds the next label into the print-head, ready for action.

See if you can find any recommendations (in the user manual) against re-feeding used sheet labels into your Inkjet or Laser printer. There is not a printer maker in existence that recommends this exercise and there are many reasons why.

First, once a sheet of labels has traveled through a printer and a label has been peeled off, the successive time the sheet is re-fed through the printer, there is a very high chance that the labels surrounding the missing one will peel off.

Next in line is the fact that in most printers nowadays, the path that the sheet of labels takes while going through the printer is very restrictive and sharp. Grab a sheet of labels and wrap it around something that's round and thin - like a Sharpie for example. You will probably notice that the labels will start to peel off, and that is what actually happens inside a lot of the newer sleeker printers we buy these days.

One more reason printer makers want you to avoid using sheet labels in their printers is that the glue from the labels can bleed into the sensitive mechanics of the printer and ultimately cause the printer to jam and fail.

The list of reasons that people give for switching from sheet labels to a personal label printer like the Dymo LabelWriter is immense. These products have been around for 16 years and they'll probably be here for another 16 years. The longer we need to print labels, the longer we will need a personal label printer.

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