How Tagging Guns Work

When you fail to properly mark your merchandise with pricing, all you’re doing is making shopping inconvenient for your customers. Shoppers enter your store to browse and make purchases. To decide if they want to buy items, however, they need to know the price. If it isn’t readily apparent, they might walk out of the store disgruntled and empty-handed, rather than taking the initiative to ask about pricing.

It is incumbent on you, as the retailer, to make the shopping experience positive. This means prices must be clearly marked. One way to do this is with tagging guns. How do they work? On which types of products can you use tagging guns? Why should you use tagging guns instead of other pricing options? Here’s what you need to know.

How Tagging Guns Work

Tagging guns are relatively inexpensive and easy to use. You can order a basic tagging gun from Specialty Store Services for as little as about ten bucks, including additional replacement needles.

Using the tagging gun is fairly simple. To start, simply remove the safety cap from the needle and feed the small end of the fastener strip into the slot at the base of the needle. From there you’ll thread the needle through your price tag and then push it all the way through the fabric.

Pull the trigger and the small end of a fastener will be pushed through the price tag and the fabric. When you remove the needle, the fastener should detach from the strip, or you may have to push a fastener release button, depending on your model of tagging gun. Once you’ve done it a few times, you’ll find the process quick and easy.

When to Use a Tagging Gun

Tagging guns are most often used on clothing, but they can be used on any kind of fabric or plush items, including: shoes, linens, stuffed animals, throw pillows, and more. You might even be able to use them on items like furniture, lamp shades, camping gear, and such, but there is one major caveat, which is that the needle used to puncture items will leave a hole.

This shouldn’t be a problem as long as you place tags appropriately. On clothing, you can add your tags to existing garment tags inside clothing, where holes won’t matter. For tagless garments or other items, look for seams where the hole will be hidden. Make sure to use a fine fabric tagging gun for delicate textiles like silk, satin, and chiffon that could be irreparably damaged by larger holes.

Why Choose a Tagging Gun?

You can always use safety pins instead of a tagging gun, but these might leave larger holes and they’re all too easy for shoppe

rs to remove for nefarious purposes (like swapping price tags). Price stickers are another option, but these could leave behind adhesive that permanently mars textiles. Tagging guns are inexpensive and easy to use, making them ideal for pricing purposes.

If you are a Specialty Store Services customer who would like more information on Tagging Guns and Supplies, you can shop for all your needs on our website, Specialty Store Services, and if you have a question that you would like an immediate answer, you can Live Chat, or phone us at 800-999-0771.