***Oct 30, 2015 Update***
Amazon posted this message on 10/28/15:
The Scan & Label tool (or Scan & Ship, if you have the previous version) is being updated so it no longer relies on Java. Chrome and Firefox users will need to do a one-time browser configuration in order to continue using the tool. Internet Explorer is not currently supported.
For help, please go to my updated blog post:
*** Due to the October update, parts or all of this post may be out-of-date ***
Hi everyone! In this post, I’m going to show you how to use Amazon’s Scan & Label feature to print labels to your DYMO 450 Turbo printer. As many of you know, I have been using ListLabelShip to print to the DYMO and I have no complaints about their service. But I always love to try new services/products/features so that’s why I finally took the time to learn Scan & Label. Plus, monthly subscription fees are always a concern and if I can eliminate the ListLabelShip fee, then that’s more money in my pocket.
Before I get started, I’m going to list the equipment/supplies that I use:
- HP Windows 7 computer
- Firefox browser
- DYMO LabelWriter 450 Turbo Thermal Label Printer (1752265)
- Houselabels HL-30334-R Labels
I know that many of you will be using a Macintosh or Windows 8. My general steps should still work but you may have to take a few different steps along the way to get it work with your specific operating system, browser and/or label size.
02/7/15 Update: Though I haven’t personally confirmed it, I have seen people post of Facebook that Scan & Label does not work with Macintosh computers.
Before I go much further, I want to thank Ernest – one of the commenters from my first DYMO 450 printer post for telling me about Scan & Ship (now called Scan & Label). He gave clear instructions on how to use it.
Before Scan & Label will work, you’ll need your DYMO installed as a printer on your computer and you’ll need Java installed and setup to work with your browser. Also, your product needs to be listed in inventory first before you can print your labels. Assuming you already have done all of that, here is what you’ll do:
- Log into Seller Central
- Navigate to Inventory -> FBA Shipments
- Select Scan & Label (near top, middle of screen)
- Select Your Printer ( If you don’t have Java installed, you’ll be led to Oracle’s website – in this case, you’ll need to install Java – more on this later)
- Set the label size width to 57 mm and the height to to 32 mm (assuming you use the same labels that I use)
- Enter your UPC/ISBN/EAN/JAN Barcode or Merchant SKU in the box
- Select the number of labels that you want to print
- Press the print button
Pretty simple once everything is setup correctly. But if everything isn’t set up, you’ll run into some problems:
Problem: You’re Led to Oracle’s Website
If you don’t have Java installed, you’ll be led to Oracle’s website when you press the “select printer” button. Oracle’s website isn’t the most user-friendly one and it took me a little digging around to find the correct download link for Java. It’s important that you download and install the correct version that matches your operating system. If the main Oracle website is too confusing, you may have better luck with their Java website.
Problem: You Get This Error Message
When selecting your printer or pressing the print button, you may get this message: Unable to load the printer Java applet. Please be sure you have a printer installed and Java 1.6 or greater is enabled in your browser.
Obviously that means your printer isn’t installed properly or Java isn’t enabled. I received the message after I installed Java and tried to print. To resolve it, I restarted my computer and went to Firefox -> Add-ons -> Plugins and instructed Firefox to keep Java always activated. Each web browser is different so you may need to take different steps with your specific browser.
Once you have Java setup correctly, then the Scan & Label is self-explanatory and you just follow the prompts to print your labels.
Differences Between Scan & Label and ListLabelShip
Which service is better? ListLabelShip does give you more options but is it worth the extra $5.00 per month? I’ll let you decide that on your own but here is a comparison between the two:
|ListLabelShip||Scan & Label|
|Cost||$5.00 per month or $48 yearly||Free|
|Can you print individual labels?||Yes||Yes|
|Can you print multiple labels of the same Merchant SKU?||Yes||Yes|
|Can you print labels of different Merchant SKUs in one batch?||Yes||No|
|Can you print other labels - expiration dates, This is a Set...||Yes||No|
One more difference is that with Scan & Label, you’ll need to enter your barcodes or copy/paste your Merchant SKU. This is an extra step that you won’t have to do with ListLabelShip. This may be a pain if you need to print labels for 100 different products.
My list/label/prep workflow did change with Scan & Label. With ListLabelShip, I was processing all products of all Merchant SKUS at the same time. With Scan & Label, I process one Merchant SKU before moving on to the next Merchant SKU.
Here is my workflow with ListLabelShip:
- List all new products
- Add all products that I want to send to my shipping plan
- Print all labels for all products at one time
- Label & Polybag all products at one time
- Finalize the shipping plan and pack boxes
Here is my workflow with Scan & Label:
- List one product
- Print all labels for that specific product only
- Label and Polybag all items that belong to the same Merchant SKU (product)
- Repeat the above three steps with all of my products
- Create shipping plan and pack boxes
Which Will I Use: Scan & Label or ListLabelShip?
Scan & Label. I’m going to cancel my ListLabelShip subscription before my next monthly payment is due. Why? I ship a small number of products to Amazon each week. My shipments are usually between 10 and 25 items and are mostly the same Merchant SKUs. A typical shipment may be five each of five different products. Therefore, copying and pasting my Merchant SKU into Scan & Label five times isn’t a big deal to me.
Here are a few other reasons:
- I do a lot of online sourcing so I receive my products in small batches throughout the week. Now I can process (label & polybag) one box of products each night rather than saving a weeks worth of boxes to process all at once.
- I now have a laser printer to use as a backup if I need to print special labels or if I want to print all labels of mixed Merchant SKUs at one time. I did not have a laser printer when I purchased my DYMO and subscribed to ListLabelShip.
- I’ll save $5.00 a month. Granted, it’s not a lot of money, but it does add up to $60 a year or $600 over ten years.
To me, signing up for a 3rd party subscription service is worth it if it’ll either save you time or help you increase sales. At this time, I don’t see ListLabelShip saving me time over Scan & Label so that is partly why I’m also switching over to Scan & Label. If my volume increases to the point that I feel that my current method is holding me back, then I’ll look into Inventory Lab, ScanPower or any other service(s) that works with the DYMO 450.
Please let me know which service you prefer and as always, feel free to ask questions in the comment form below or on my Facebook page.
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Scan & Label Screenshots: Diana Poisson