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Can Laser Printers Be Barcode Printers?
Occasionally, one will want to attempt to decrease their expenses by trying
to make their personal laser printer pull “double-duty” as a
barcode printer. We all know that there
are hundreds of types of dedicated barcode printers built specifically to
produce labels, but is it possible to “get by” using a regular printer for the
There are some potential advantages to skipping the purchase of a dedicated
barcode printer. One can avoid comparison shopping between the many possible
barcode printers available. They can also save some money by avoiding the
purchase. There is also time saved on installation.
However, the downside to using laser printers as barcode printers outweighs
those minor advantages. First, barcode printers can conveniently print a single
label, whereas your laser printer may force you to print a full sheet of labels
at any one time. Barcode printers can churn out labels far faster than a
standard printer can, as well. Additionally, dedicated barcode printers will
produce labels at a lower rate of error than personal printers will. The
problems created by botched labels can be both costly and time-consuming,
justifying examination of barcode printers.
There is an old adage that states, “use the right tool for the job.” Although
one may be able to stave off the purchase of a barcode printer temporarily by
using a laser printer, in the long run purchasing a quality offering from the
many dedicated barcode printers available makes much more sense. Using real
barcode printers produces better results faster with a lower error rate.
You might be tempted to use your existing printer for labelling, but eventually
the need for a real barcode printer will become clear. Instead of trying to
delay the inevitable, anyone with regular labelling needs should seek out a
high-quality dedicated barcode printer immediately.
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