Did you know that you can use Dymo or any other thermal label printer (Brother etc.) to print barcode labels for selling your products to Amazon? Or for any need, for that matter. Maybe you need to label products for retail use or simply for your own warehousing needs.
Dymo is perfect for this task and it can actually print thousands of labels very quickly! If you know how to do it, that is.
Here’s a recent email I received from a blog reader:
I’m a regular reader of your blog – I can’t thank you enough for all the advice you give us, for free! Last week I was very interested to read your post about thermal labels VS integrated labels as I personally have a Dymo 450 machine and use it for address printing.
Recently I have also started to sell on Amazon and use FBA too, so I need to send labelled goods to Amazon.
I’m using my Dymo for this task but for some reason, it seems to me that it prints these labels very slowly. I sometimes print hundreds of labels in one go and the printing speed is not even close to what I get when I just print address labels.
I started wondering whatever I’m slowly killing my printer with these barcode label jobs? As it seems that it struggles with this.
Any help is highly appreciated!
Thanks again for all your work Andrew!
Thanks for your email.
You’re definitely NOT killing your Dymo printer by printing hundreds of barcode labels at a time! I actually go as far as printing 1000 in one go and do it QUICKLY! I have several Dymo printers in use and I’ve never had even a single problem with any of them (touch wood).
The reason why your barcode labels print at such a slow speed is probably due to the settings of your printer, which I’m presuming you’ve left on the defaults.
In your Dymo LabelWriter software go to Edit > Preferences > LabelWriter printer.
There you see 3 options:
- Barcode and graphics
Most likely you’ll have the “Barcode and graphics” or “Auto” option selected there.
Auto means that Dymo will switch to the “Barcode and graphics” option whenever it detects a barcode or image in the labels you want to print.
And this ‘barcode and graphics” option is what causes your printer to print out barcode labels much slower compared to your address labels.
It does this to print at a higher resolution, giving a crisper and more detailed output for these labels. And I must admit that they do look very good indeed! But at a cost – slower printing times!
What I personally do is simply select the “Text” option and use that for all my printing jobs – address labels and barcode labels too. This greatly increases the speed at which the printer works! Just check out this video where I compare both options when printing 20 labels:
As you can see, the difference is HUGE! And when I print out 1000 labels at a time, it’s the difference between a quick, few minute task and a tedious 30 minute job.
But Andrew, you may ask, will the quality of my labels be good enough?
Yes, they will be! Just check these 2 labels side by side:
Yes, the one printed at the slower speed is higher quality (more crisp) but still – even at the text print speed, the label looks good!
I always double check this by quickly scanning a label and you can do the same, if you have a barcode scanner. The label should scan very quickly, without you having to mess around with the positioning too much.
The only situation where I would not recommend using the “text” print option is if your labels are very small, with a small barcode graphic where the lines are very close to each other. With small labels like these, it’s best to stick with the “barcode and graphics” printing option to get the highest print quality.
Hope this helps Don & happy printing! 🙂
Have a great weekend everyone.