Laser labels are essentially blank labels that can be printed directly from your home or office printer. They are most often printed on either an inkjet or laser printer. Some typical uses for blank labels include mailing, custom stickers, bar codes, jars, CDs, and more. Blank laser labels are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. CD labels are one of the most popular formats and are used to label recordable CDs or DVDs.
Popular Label Types
Many types of blank labels are available for different tasks. The most common types are listed below.
Laser Printer Labels – are designed for the toner used by laser printers. They are most often sold in 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheets, but other sizes are also available. The sheets of laser labels can be printed on just like regular paper.
Inkjet Printer Labels – Inkjet labels are designed for inkjet printers that use liquid ink. With the high quality and low cost of color inkjet printers, inkjet labels allow you to create professional looking labels yourself. Like laser labels, inkjet labels are available in a variety of formats.
Thermal Transfer Labels – are used in thermal printers and come on a roll. These types of printers use heat to transfer a ribbon to the label.
Direct Thermal Labels – are similar to thermal transfer labels but do not use ribbons. They are used in direct thermal printers.
Where to Buy Blank Labels & Banners
You have two main choices when purchasing blank labels. You can buy them from an office supply store and directly from the manufacturer. The advantages and disadvantages of each way are listed below.
Buying directly from the manufacturer is generally much less expensive and can save you anywhere from 35% to 75%. The manufacturers also frequently have more sizes and styles available.
Although office supply stores are generally more expensive, they offer several advantages. For example, you do not have to pay for shipping costs. Also, it is usually much easier to return labels to a store if you have any problems.
Below is a brief summary.
Manufacturer Direct Advantages
- Much less expensive
- More choices
Office Supply Store Advantages
- No shipping fees
- Easier to return