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Label Makers...?

Does anyone use/own one and recommend it? I'm looking around online, and all I see is people gushing about the $100-$200 ones, and uh.. my price range is more in the $20-$30 lines.

There's a whole bunch out there, and I'm having difficulties seeing the differences between them. So, anyone have one? Love it? Hate it? Help me out! :)

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gatcat
Mar. 10th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
I use a roll of Scotch masking tape and a pair of Sharpie markers (one regular, one fine-point). System runs about $4.50 to get started, and refill supplies are cheap. Best part about the system is that its uses aren't limited to label-making! When all my labels are made, I can go on to do all kinds of funky things with both the tape and the markers.
enveri
Mar. 10th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
That's the system I use now! I'm looking to upgrade. :D
zilvar
Mar. 10th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
Depends on what you want to label. The Dymo letra tag that you can buy from walmart is pretty good. I used mine at home for a while, then brought it in to work where I needed it more. The only downside is the need for lots of batteries, but I don't remember having to change them often.
enveri
Mar. 10th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
I'm mostly wanting to use it for business stuff and home- putting easy labels in my sample books and on boxes. :)
zilvar
Mar. 10th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
I think that the small handheld letra would work for you.
enveri
Mar. 10th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
Sweet. Thanks! :)
foxfeather
Mar. 10th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Do you mean for shipping labels? I have a Brother QL-570 I think it was around $50 and I LOVE it. It has made my life so much easier. It integrates with Paypal shipping.

The paper is what gets expensive - I found rolls on Ebay of generic for way cheaper, they just come without the plastic reel so you save it from the default roll that comes with the printer and use that for the new rolls. This makes the rolls like $6 a piece for 100ft instead of the name brand $20/roll.

I bought mine from Amazon.com - they have a variety of new and used/refurb models. I think there were some on there in the $30 range but I bought new to be safe. Hope that helps!
enveri
Mar. 10th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
I'm looking for something that can mostly do... small labels. I need something to label artwork (although shipping labels would work for that, too) and to put prices in my sample book.

I'll have to look at the brother! :)
lisagems
Mar. 10th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
I use my laptop, inkjet printer and sheets of Avery labels. Good thing about an inkjet is you *can* run the labels through more than once (if you don't mangle the page getting printed labels off) so you can use a partial page, then use the rest later. And, you can print any size label Avery makes. And the templates for ALL of them are in Word.

Easy.
enveri
Mar. 10th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
I'm using Avery for shipping labels right now, but they don't make labels narrow enough for what I had in mind. I suppose I could make it work, but...
varjohaltia
Mar. 10th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
The ones we use at work are a bit overkill, but
1) If the label needs to stick to curved or uneven surfaces, you'll need to spring for one that has latex/cloth/polyvinyl based labels available. This is probably the biggest bump in cost.
2) Make sure, if using these for artwork, that the labels and glue is archival safe / non-acidic.
3) Water / smear / heat / weather resistance also differ; probably only significant for something that goes into the sun or postal service.

(The other things we look at is the ability to do various automation tasks, print a wad of serial number labels, bar codes, wire wrap labels, panel labels etc none of which likely apply.)

On the low end we've had good luck with the Rhino Pro series, and they occasionally run sweet specials where you buy ten cartridges and get the labeler for free.
synnabar
Mar. 10th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
We have a small Brother P-Touch (not exactly this one but similar) and have been happy with it. Other than that, I make my own with prints backed with double-stick tape/rubber cement tape.
steelhelix
Mar. 10th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
My shop has a Brother P-touch, so do a lot of sections on my base. They seem to work well. Can't say much other than that.
datalore
Mar. 12th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
I have a Brother P-Touch that I got on sale for $25 at Staples. I love it.

Important factors to consider:
- how much do refills cost? You may see a cheap labeller and get dinged by the cost of refills.
- be aware that the first tape included with a labeller is commonly shorter than the refills, so you may want to buy a refill to go with your new labeller right away.
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