Hi everyone! This post is about the DYMO LabelWriter 450 Turbo Thermal Label Printer that I recently purchased so that I can print my FBA labels at home. To be honest, I was going to wait and buy it when I started making the big bucks. But I bought it early to save my sanity and to make my Sundays a little more enjoyable.
Feb 4, 2015 Update: This post helps you setup your DYMO 450 with the ListLabelShip service. I have since switched to Scan & Label and you can learn more about that in this post.
Why I Bought the DYMO LabelWriter 450 Turbo Printer
One of Amazon’s requirements is that you print your FBA labels with either a laser or direct thermal printer. Since I had neither at home, I was using the laser printer at work to print my labels. The problem with using the laser printer with the 30-up labels is that you waste labels when you print less than 30 at a time. This is because Amazon prints the first ten labels in the first column, the next ten in the second column and the rest in the third column. So, if you print just a few labels at a time, you end up with sheets of labels with the middle column untouched.
For those that don’t know what I’m talking about, take a look at the picture that I used in my post, Amazon FBA: What I learned in My First Two Weeks:
To avoid wasting so many labels, I started printing as many as I could in one batch . My routine would be to source and list my products during the week and then print out a weeks worth of labels on Saturdays. Then I would spend Sunday applying the labels, prepping the products and getting the boxes ready to ship on Monday morning. The entire Sunday process would take me hours and it wore me out.
Another problem that I had was that my labels were smudging whenever my finger tips touched the ink when I was sticking the labels to the products. I’m sure this was due to either incorrect printer settings or that I was using a tired, worn out printer. Anyway, even though the barcodes would still scan (I tested this with Profit Bandit), I was nervous that the smudging would get worse and then Amazon’s scanners wouldn’t be able to read the barcodes.
Printing labels should be a simple task. It shouldn’t be a cause of irritation.
Well, between my inability to print labels at home and the wasted and smudged labels, the label printing process was getting on my nerves. I don’t expect printing labels to be fun and exciting, but at least it should be quick, easy and somewhat mindless. To make the whole prepping process a bit easier, I bought the DYMO 1752265 LabelWriter 450 Turbo Thermal Label Printer. I chose this printer because it’s recommended on other Amazon FBA blogs and forums.
Where to Buy It
I bought mine from Amazon because at the time, it had the best price and I trust Amazon as I’ve bought from them before. Plus, I like the free shipping. But if you don’t need one immediately, I would price watch at the office supply stores because you may stumble upon a great sale. About a month ago, Staples had them on sale for $59.95. I missed out on that price because by the time I found out about it, they were all sold out.
If you decide to purchase the printer from Staples, Office Depot or Office Max, be sure to sign up for their rewards program first. You can later use those rewards dollars on shipping supplies or on more inventory. (Yes, I found a few profitable products from both Office Depot and Office Max – check the clearance aisles and use your coupons and/or rewards dollars).
When purchasing it, keep in mind that there is a DYMO 450 printer and a DYMO 450 Turbo printer. The main difference that I can tell is the speed. The DYMO 450 prints up to 51 labels per minute while the DYMO 450 Turbo prints up to 71 labels per minute. At the time of this writing, the price of the turbo printer on Amazon is less than the non-turbo one.
The label printer comes with a starter supply of labels, but they are the wrong size for printing your FBA labels. Therefore, when you do buy your DYMO 450 Turbo, don’t forget to buy labels as well. I bought the Houselabels HL-30334-R Labels because they are removable. What’s nice is that these labels cost less than the Avery #6460 Removable Labels that I bought for the laser printer. Plus, since it’s a thermal printer, you won’t need to buy any ink, toner or drums for it.
Regardless of your own personal reason to purchase a DYMO 450 Turbo, you will need to set it up. The first consideration is that it will require a power outlet and a USB port on your computer. Since my main computer does not have any free USB ports, I installed it on our old, rarely used computer. I love that it’s tiny and I didn’t have to clear up any shelf space to make room for it.
The setup was the standard procedure – insert and run the setup disk and then connect the USB cord. Also you will need to insert your labels into the printer. I followed the instructions and didn’t find it too difficult. My advice is to follow the instruction manual!
AMAZON FBA Setup
Next time you are ready to print labels in Seller Central, take a look at your paper/sticker types. You’ll notice that the DYMO 450 Turbo labels aren’t listed as an option. In order to print your Amazon FBA labels on your DYMO 450 Turbo, you’ll need to subscribe to either ListLabelShip or InventoryLab.
Because I’m not ready to spend $39.00 a month on InventoryLab, I joined ListLabelShip. The first week is free and after that it’s $5.00 per month. You’ll need to have either Firefox or Chrome installed on your computer and then you download the ListLabelShip add-on. After you get everything installed and configured, you will see the ListLabelShip barcode icon on the top of your browser.
Clicking on that icon will initiate the printing process. However, it didn’t work for me the first time. I got some ugly error message that I had the wrong framework setup. I solved that by going to DYMO’s website and installing the newest versions of their software and drivers. Once I did that, then everything worked fine.
So far I have been very happy with my DYMO 450 Turbo printer purchase. It has made my Amazon FBA routine easier as I can now label and prep a few products each night. By the time Sunday arrives, all I have to do is create my shipping plan and box up my already prepped products.
p.s. If you aren’t selling on Amazon, the DYMO is still a great tool. It can also be used to print stamps, name badges, address, shipping and file folder labels and more. I’m going to print labels for my storage boxes. Click here to learn more about the product details and to see the current pricing on Amazon.
Photo Credits: Diana Poisson