Bar code labels - print your own or buy pre-printed?

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Please note: The following article refers to the purchase of commercial barcodes. Barcodes can be printed 'in-house' by a business for their own internal use without having to purchase the barcodes.

When operating your own business and selling items, you have a number of ways that you can have bar codes made. Either you can opt to have someone do the printing of the bar codes for you or you can choose to print your own bar codes. If you are considering the idea of printing your own bar codes, then you will need to have the proper software as well as a bar code printer that will be used to print the labels.

If you are going to be requiring a large amount of labels, then you may want to consider the use of a printer that you order the labels through. This many labels being printed at one time and over and over again can harm your printer and cost more in the long run.

When purchasing the bar codes, each bar code is exactly the same as the last. The bar codes are then numbered in order. This makes it easier to track files or equipment through your company. If someone who does not know how to work your own printer when printing your own labels, you may have an employee who makes a small mistake and this can cause numerous problems down the line.

When ordering the labels from the supplier, you can choose to use a adhesive that is non removable or you can order a temporary label that is designed to be removed. There is also a way to add a hologram to your labels you order to protect your labels from being replicated. These are just some good points about using a supplier to supply your labels.

If you want to print your own labels, then here's some pointers to consider.

You may want to print your own labels if you need to have customer information printed onto the label directly. There is also the plan that you do not need to have a large amount of labels daily. Each of the labels do not have to be exactly the same such as the method of shipment or the vendor who is supplying the product.

Another specific reason for using a bar code label is that you need to place these labels on documents. You may also want to be flexible when controlling the label over a set amount of time. Some companies will use these labels to place images such as a photo of someone on the front of a I.D. card. This may be used in a membership case.

Both of the methods of printing bar code labels have good points. Depending on your needs depends on which method is right for you and your company. Either approach will have steps that need to be taken.

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