Which printer is the best considering the cost of toner and functionality?
My sticker type is 30-up labels on US letter (generic brand, same as AVERY 5160). I have two printers: Brother MFC-L2700DW and Pantum P2502W. The problem with Brother is the paper jam. And Pantum toner is too expensive.
Any suggestion? Thanks
My suggestion… dump the ink printers and go with thermal instead.
We have determined a while ago that either the printer is expensive and ink cartridges cheap or printer is cheap and ink expensive. For this reason, we ditched the laser printer and purchased Zebra LP 2844 Direct Thermal Label Printers. We use these to print shipping labels as well as FBA labels. You can pick these up for about $100 used or refurbished. The 3 we have were purchased used 4 years ago and never had any issues with them.
The label rolls for shipping (4×6) labels will run you about 2 cents per when you buy in bulk; much cheaper than peel-n-stick half sheet labels for a laser printer and tremendous time savings if printing shipping labels on paper and having to cut and tape them on the package.
The label rolls for FBA labels will run you about 0.4 cents per when you buy in bulk. Much cheaper than the 30 label sheets for the laser printer.
Since these thermal printers do not use ink, your only cost is the label and power usage.
We use these for Amazon labels, as well as USPS and UPS labels without issues. The label rolls we purchase from Amazon as they are the lowest prices we can find:
ASIN: B01CGZT6YC – FBA labels
ASIN: B0035INRS6 – Shipping labels
As we have multiple Zebra LP 2844 printers, we have one we use for FBA labels and the others for shipping labels, however, you can easily swap out the rolls on a single printer if you want.
Dymo printers are very common as well, but we just do not have experience with them since we are happy with our Zebras.
Thermals are much better … no ink cartridges to change out … but I do sometimes use my Brother for a 30 sheet.
Overall to me the Zebra 2844’s are great. I have 3 total also and use 1 for shipping and 1 for FNSKU Labels. Then a backup …..
finding them in the $100 range is getting harder ….. I’d expect to be closer to $125 for a decent used one.
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