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Default thermal label printer wanted and what do you use and what can print out big labels fo

i was looking the zebra and dymo models?
i dont want tospend over 100
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Default Re: thermal label printer wanted and what do you use and what can print out big label

MUCH, much cheaper in the long-run to have a Zebra compared to a Dymo. Zebra-compatible labels are super cheap (free on courier websites). Dymo labels are not cheap the last time I checked.

I recommend zebra LP-2844z
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Agreed. I now have a zp450 and it works excellently as well.
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Default Re: thermal label printer wanted and what do you use and what can print out big label

I'm rocking a Zebra LP2844, works perfect with my VMWare....took a while but I got it work.
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Default Re: thermal label printer wanted and what do you use and what can print out big label

I use a DYMO 4XL and buy generic labels in bulk on Amazon (12 rolls for $15).
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Default Re: thermal label printer wanted and what do you use and what can print out big label

I use ZP45 every day. Its Older model but it was the officially supplied by UPS for ages
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Default Re: thermal label printer wanted and what do you use and what can print out big label

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I use a DYMO 4XL and buy generic labels in bulk on Amazon (12 rolls for $15).
You get 12 rolls of 4x6 labels for $15?! Link plz
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You get 12 rolls of 4x6 labels for $15?! Link plz
I would also be curious where this is. I am currently at 3 cents a package.
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i was looking the zebra and dymo models?
i dont want tospend over 100
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Both are good models. I went with the Dymo 4XL for reliability and common usage. It has printed thousands of labels and never given a major problem. I have literally only cleaned it twice. Once being the other day when adhesive got on the roller. Nothing a little rubbing alcohol wont cure.
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When I looked at the cost of labels, the zebra was the best. I buy 50 rolls at a time, I watch for a sale and stock up.

Only a tiny fraction of the money spent is in the printer, it's in the label cost. $.02+ X 1000-3000 per month adds up to at least $700+ a year, and it doesn't take one second of time longer to use the more cost effective labels.
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https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_s...=1682KSH006YVI

I have Prime. If you do, narrow the results you can find them for $12-$30 depending on the amount you need. I buy most of mine from HouseLabels, works perfect.
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Link to the specific item you're buying please? Not just the search results that I could've easily done myself lol

I've been buying from MFLABEL for about the same price as the top results of that link and they stick on way better than most other brands I've tried.

My test or "experiment" with these... I printed labels late saturday night on bubble mailers and waited until monday morn to drop them off. The two other cheaper brands didn't stick on quite as well and I had to rub over them again with my hand to have them fully stick. Imagine what they look like when the buyer receives them after days of being in USPS facilities.

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Default Re: thermal label printer wanted and what do you use and what can print out big label

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

That's the listing in my order history, but HouseLabels is sold out so a third party seller (LabelLines) is the one offering to fulfill them at 2x the cost and half the amount. The other seller is rebranding them here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FM7D4TU..._t3_B008SY6JKU

Still a good deal in terms of cost of actual Dymo labels, but damn they are taking advantage of HouseLabels being sold out of some quanities.

I've used HouseLabels for three years with zero issues with them sticking to cheap mailers I buy on Amazon. I've got returns and the label was fine. I don't really care much about my packaging presentation as long as it gets there unharmed. I sell t-shirts, not expensive items so I'm not going to spend more than needed to get them there.

My bags:

https://www.amazon.com/WHITE-Poly-ma...RYKCKTKRER6DMV

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

But yeah, keep a look out for HouseLabels getting back in stock. They've saved me $300 + a year in cost.
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Default Re: thermal label printer wanted and what do you use and what can print out big label

Usually I get some multiple quantity of these listed below, right now 24 rolls of 250 for $70, ( gone way up in the past few months! ) That makes the YL46250 .011 per.

https://www.amazon.com/LABELS-ELTRON...2988200&sr=8-2

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These things have gotten crazy expensive...
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Default Re: thermal label printer wanted and what do you use and what can print out big label

I can't fathom why you guys are paying $.02-$.03 for Dymo labels when UPS will give you all the Zebra labels you need totally free.

@dallis - I'm not sure if it's the same brand but I ran into some terrible labels about a year ago. Most on eBay are simply selling the free UPS labels but this one time I got something different and they were terrible. They would get stuck in my printer every time when the printer tried to print the first horizontal line on the shipping label. Even when I tried manually pulling each label through as they printed they would still jam. I ended up returning 9960 useless labels. Only time I've ever returned anything.
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Default Re: thermal label printer wanted and what do you use and what can print out big label

You know, I'd forgotten that, I'll check it out again, I don't really ship via UPS, most of my stuff is 4-8 ounces and USPS is the least expensive option for that.

That's why I stick with the ones I showed in the link. Bad labels are a nightmare...
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Default Re: thermal label printer wanted and what do you use and what can print out big label

Zebra label printers are amazing, you can buy them used and even call up your shipping companies and see if they have one they want to get rid of...

but honestly100$ is cheap for a zebra... I'd take it in a heartbeat
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Default Re: thermal label printer wanted and what do you use and what can print out big label

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I can't fathom why you guys are paying $.02-$.03 for Dymo labels when UPS will give you all the Zebra labels you need totally free.
Cause.....you haven't shared with me how to get em for free......sad.
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Default Re: thermal label printer wanted and what do you use and what can print out big label

UPS gives them away if you use their shipping service.

But they have the UPS logo on it, and if I recall correctly, the USPS doesn't like it. May be mistaken, though.
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Default Re: thermal label printer wanted and what do you use and what can print out big label

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UPS gives them away if you use their shipping service.

But they have the UPS logo on it, and if I recall correctly, the USPS doesn't like it. May be mistaken, though.
USPS would pitch a fit over this. Let them catch you marking out priority or another trademarked USPS logo to ship cheaper.

I once made the horrible mistake of double packing two priority flat rate mailers together on an item that stuck out maybe 1 inch of one priority mailer. Needless to say, those babies got held on the stealth address and returned to the local post office manifestation. A lesson well learned. haha
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Default Re: thermal label printer wanted and what do you use and what can print out big label

I only ship USPS so free UPS labels don't work for me. My Dymo 4XL works fine on my Macs so I'm okay with a few cents I throw at labels. Maybe in the future when the 'ol girl stops working I'll pick up a Zebra but as is if it ain't broke I'm not going to fix it, ha.
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