A few days ago I listed and prepped Back-to School bundles, grocery items and a mix of regular items. This shipment took me longer than normal to process because I had to deal with a few extra labels.
In this post, I’ll go over the four types of labels that I used and I’ll tell you about the Coffee Cup label.
Amazon Barcode Labels
These are the labels that you’ll print out that have a funny looking barcode on them. Amazon uses these barcodes to identify and track your inventory.
I print and apply an Amazon Barcode label to every unit that I send in. If you don’t want to print these labels, there are a couple of options that you can look into – Stickerless, Commingled Inventory and Amazon’s Label Service.
I used Amazon’s Label Service on my first shipment because I didn’t have the correct labels and the whole process scared me. However, the Label Service costs 20 cents per-item and since that fee can add up over time, I learned how to label on my own.
Here’s a short video that explains the process:
Amazon requires that you print your labels either to a laser or thermal printer. Here are the printers and labels that I use:
Brother HL-2300D Laser Printer:
DYMO 450 Turbo Thermal Printer:
I use the removable labels because Amazon requires them if you apply the labels directly onto the product. In the image shown above with the green bubble wrap, I applied the label to the outside of the poly bag and I could have used a non-removable label. However, just so I only have to worry about one type of label, I always print to the removable labels.
A note about using an inkjet printer: Amazon says that they are more susceptible to smearing and blurry images making the labels difficult to read or scan.
When you first print a label with your inkjet printer, it’ll look fine and you may be able to get away with it. But it is true that they can look bad over time. Here’s a picture of two labels that I printed over 2 years ago with my inkjet:
A note about the Stickerless, Commingled option: I don’t recommend using it because when a customer buys from you, they will probably receive the same product that another Seller sent in. This can lead to problems for you if the Seller sent in a poorly-prepped or counterfeit product and the customer complains.
Expiration or Best By Labels
For products that expire such as groceries and some health/beauty products, the expiration date or “best buy” date needs to be in 36 point or larger font and in MM-DD-YYYY or MM-YYYY format. If it isn’t, you’ll need to apply a label that has the correct format and cover up the original manufacture date:
I print my labels in Microsoft Word and here’s a template that you can download and use:
All you need to do change the date and copy and paste the labels to the appropriate label spot:
If you use ListLabelShip to print to your DYMO 450, they have a template on their website that you can use. Also, you can make your own DYMO 450 template as well. I just haven’t done that yet.
Bundles are a group of complimentary items sold as one unit. As an example, you can make a Back-to-School bundle that contains pencils, a pencil case, pens, crayons, scissors and a notebook. Since this isn’t a fancy or a gift-giving type bundle, you can just place each item in one big poly bag.
However, so that Amazon doesn’t receive your bundle and open up the poly bag, you’ll need to apply a “This Is a Set Do Not Separate” label:
The Ready to Ship Label
Whenever I send in a coffee cup, I package it in a small 6 x 6 x 6 inch box that I buy from Walmart. Then I tape the box shut and place my Amazon Barcode label on the outside of the box.
But just like with bundles, I don’t want Amazon to open up the box. So to avoid that, I place a “Ready to Ship” label on the outside of the box:
I don’t know if I’m using the proper wording, but so far, I haven’t had any problems with these labels.
UPS Shipping Labels
When I first started selling on Amazon, I used the Avery #18126 shipping labels because I didn’t know that you can get free UPS shipping labels.
You definitely want to get these free labels because buying the shipping labels will get very expensive over time.
To learn more about the free UPS labels, please go to: Stop Taping Your Amazon FBA Shipping Labels – Get Free Peel & Stick Labels from UPS!
Become a Label Pro
I hope this post helps you with the different labels that you may use during the prepping and shipping process. If you have any questions or comments, please ask me below or on my Facebook page!
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