Friends, have you felt the pressure to buy a DYMO or other label printer for your biz?
Feel like you’re not legit until your labels self adhere to your packages?
Hate spending money on printer ink?
I’m Danielle and that was me, three years ago. Then I found the best printer ever.
Do not print one more shipping label on your inkjet printer. SERIOUSLY, do not.
Let me explain. If you are printing your shipping labels with ink you are wasting money. You either want to go full label printer or laser printer.
Laser printers, if you don’t know, use toner rather than ink. Which lasts MUCH longer. (I had no idea HOW much longer until I was using it… read on…) It’s your basic black and white printing, cheaper, easier and with less hassle/ no dry time.
Very rarely do I need to print a color document at home. Color printing projects generally get outsourced because they are large. (I have not for even one minute missed having a color printer at home. I suppose if you have children in school you need a color printer sometimes, but stop sucking up the ink with your labels!)
I wanted to be able to print sticky labels AND regular documents without having to replace the stupid ink cartridge every week. So I knew I was in the market for a laser printer – not a standalone label printer.
(2018 note: Since the time of this writing, my exact model is pretty outdated, we now recommend this newer version of the HP laserjet – with a scanner or without a scanner!)
This printer was affordable, easy to set up, doesn’t have a billion bells and whistles, and GETS THE JOB DONE… quickly. Here is the mind-blowing part: I replace my toner cartridge once a year. ONCE. A. YEAR.
When printing labels I use Avery two per page sheets (which purchased inexpensively on Amazon) which align seamlessly with PayPal and Etsy labels. And when printing regular documents, I use – shockingly enough – plain old printer paper.
I especially love that while printing, you get that warm, office aroma … takes me straight back to the high school library where I spent most of my 4 study hall periods senior year. But that is another story.
Yes, people love their label printers. But I like things that do more than one job, just like me. haha. And YES the label paper might cost a little extra, but think about how much money you just saved in tape. And it’s less noisy.
Anyway, it’s real love. I cannot recommend this printer enough. I say without hesitation: it is the best printer ever. I have honestly considered buying another so I can have one set p with just label paper and the other with just plain paper haha. But I refrained, because: human excess.