The Pros and Cons of DIY Labels

[singlepic id=116 w=240 h=240 float=center]We get asked a lot whether we provide blank labels that customers can print on at home.  Some people are looking for increased design flexibility, but most of the people who ask us this are trying to cut back on cost and hope printing the labels at home will save them money.  Printing your labels at home sounds like a great way to save some money but it comes with a lot of unexpected costs.  Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re considering printing your labels yourself.

  • Label material.  There is waterproof paper available that you can print on at home.  The label stock we use, a synthetic waterproof material, will only work with a professional digital print press, but you can find other materials online that will work on your printer at home.  The thing to watch out for with these labels is durability.  They’re usually made from what is essentially paper with an adhesive backing and waterproof coating.  As such, they tear easily which can lead to a lot of ruined labels and not an insignificant amount of frustration on your part.  
  • Mistakes: Waterproof paper labels are usually impossible to reposition should you apply them crooked.  This leads to many ruined labels and bottles.  Our labels are easy to reposition if you apply them crooked and won’t fall apart or leave adhesive on the bottles.  Even though we’ve all mastered the fine art of bottle labeling by hand, we still mess up on occasion.  Believe us when we say you’ll be grateful for the ability to lift up the label and try again if you mess up!
  • The cost of ink.  If you’re printing a few hundred labels, chances are excellent you’re going to have to replace your ink at least once.  Especially if your label has a background color!  Weigh the cost of this new ink cartridge against the cost of buying your labels from us and see which option gives you the best deal.
  • Your printer itself.  Unless you’re fortunate enough to own a top-of-the-line printer with perfectly aligned heads, you’ll probably need to give your printer a little tune-up to ensure that it prints the way you want it to.  If your printer has any eccentricities or maintenance issues, you could wind up feeling frustrated and annoyed with a piece of machinery that normally works just fine.  An ink splotch or mysterious spot may be unnoticeable on an essay, but those unsightly little quirks could ruin your entire set of labels!

When you order labels from us, they’re delivered to you quickly and ready and to go.  They’re already cut into individual labels, they’re printed, and they’re completely self-adhesive.  We do all the work for you so that when they arrive all you have to do is stick them to the bottles.  If you want to design your own label, all you have to do is email the artwork to us and we’ll print the labels for you.  It’s quick, easy, and completely frustration-free.

If you have any questions about our labels or would like to see a sample just let us know.  We’ll be happy to provide you with whatever information you need to make an informed decision about your labels.


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