Retail stores may use a label gun in a variety of ways. If you think that a cheap, manual version that only puts prices on packages is good enough, chances are you’re not aware of the options available to you. Of course, this could be all certain businesses need, but by and large, retailers will appreciate the extra options that many label guns offer.
For example, the right label gun can deliver so much more than pricing. It could also be used for purposes like coding, tracking inventory, and adding times, dates, and expiration information. It could increase the efficiency of your operation and save you money over time.
The point is that all label guns are not created equally and you’re going to have to do your homework if you want to invest in products that are going to provide the best advantages for your business. Here’s what you need to know before you make a decision.
How Label Guns Work
In a basic sense, label guns print simple product labels to your specifications. You enter the information you want on a label, be it pricing, expiration dates, or other data, and rapidly produce the labels needed to prepare your inventory for stocking or sale.
Because prices and other information on labels can change frequently in the retail environment, you need to choose label guns that offer the labeling options you require and that provide the fast and efficient functionality you need.
Depending on usage in your operation, durability may also play a role in the products you ultimately choose. Although all labels guns perform more or less the same function, you need the devices that are going to best meet your particular needs.
The up-front cost of purchasing label guns cannot be avoided, but you should consider it an investment. If you skimp on costs and buy flimsy label guns, they may not be durable enough to meet your demands; although if your needs are relatively minimal, you might not need the priciest options that offer diverse functionality.
You also have to consider the cost of peripherals. The main ongoing expense for your label guns is going to be the labels, although at some point you may also need replacement parts like ink rollers and attaching needles (for labeling guns that attach price tags rather than stickers, for example), assuming your label guns are robust enough to last that long.
Why Pay More
There are several reasons why you might want to spend a little extra on a really good label gun. In addition to increased options for functionality, you’re going to get a more durable product, and you may enjoy options like interchangeable parts across multiple models. If you need more than one model of gun, you may be able to use the same labels in all of them. Some offer customization.
Pricier models may also come with better and longer warranties, including free repairs for a set amount of time. It’s always best to comparison shop to ensure you find the perfect products for your business, but when it comes to label guns, a good one can make a world of difference in function, durability, ease of use, and efficiency.
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