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Subject: Does anybody print on avery labels?
Date Posted: 3/22/2009 9:24 PM ET
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I just noticed that option.  I was wondering how it is smart enough to know which label you are on since the Avery sheets have multiple labels and the book labels are printed one at a time.  I don't ship many small paperbacks and so I use bubble envelopes more often then not.   (not a big fan of the wrap it in 2 pieces of paper method).   Being able to slap a label on would be handy.

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 9:49 PM ET
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Generally, I find using labels too wasteful. Just as you mentioned - there are so many on a page. And if you start trying to print on partially used pages, some may come loose and jam your printer.

I only print on lables when I have several to mail out. Like this week I had 7 books to mail all at onces. I didn't use the print feature, but just copy/paste. So I printed the 7 labels I  needed and filled the rest of the page with return address lables to use later.

Personally, I find using the printed wrappers too timeconsuming. I use the grey 5'x7' poly mailers - the kind with the adhesive strip that seals it nice and tight. I grab an envelope, handwrite the TO address with a permanent market, add a return address sticker from my stash. Then slip in the book and seal it. Easy/quick, no printing (on a per item basis). Sometimes I handwrite the return address. But I like to print a batch of return address labels because I leave a line for the Request ID.

 

 

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 9:56 PM ET
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I do Sheryl, and it's a question of using the right kind of label.  The style I use are half sheet shipping labels.  These are a standard 8.5x11 sheet, bisected horizontally to give you a top label and bottom label.  Now, if you feed the whole sheet in you'll waste a full label, since one will contain the label and the other the instructions.  So what I do is tear the two labels apart (the sheets are perforated), put one in the printer ahead of the regular paper, and go ahead and print two copies.  That gets the postage and address onto the label itself.  Then, on the regular paper behind it you get the postage and address again, and the mailing info.  If the label printed correctly, and goes on to the package smoothly, I just discard the paper copy of the postage (crossing out the info with a marker, or shredding it) and only use the mailing info half.  But, if something happens to the actual label I can then just tape the paper copy on the package.

 



Last Edited on: 3/22/09 9:59 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/23/2009 1:22 PM ET
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I also use the 1/2 sheet like Bernhard.  When the label comes up in Adobe, I make only the label visible on the screen (I zoom in and you can see the label + the paperbackswap symbol), then I make the paper size 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 and print current view.  It prints just the label and I don't get the mailing info part of the page.  I didn't want to waste more paper, so I just don't bother with it.

I love printing on the label because then I don't have to worry about taping...I have long, dark, curly hair and it tends to get stuck in everything, so I'm constantly trying to keep it away from the tape, but somehow I usually end up with a piece stuck under the tape that I can't get out.

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Date Posted: 3/24/2009 3:25 AM ET
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Diddo, Laura. Half sheet 8126 Avery's with a printer profile to print only the label in greyscale.

Date Posted: 3/24/2009 3:04 PM ET
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If you happen to have Print Shop, I've found it very easy to print on the Avery half-sheet labels with it. I generally buy the PBS postage for instant credit, then once the PDF comes up, I copy the address box only and paste it into Print Shop. Print Shop recognizes the Avery label size and only prints on the top half. Then I can turn the piece around and print on the bottom label. I probably wouldn't bother if I wasn't printing the postage as well, but I've found it works a lot better for me than trying to tape the sheet of paper onto the mailer or wrapped book. Most of my early shipments looked like my 4-year-old was in charge of the wrapping and mailing.
Date Posted: 3/24/2009 6:04 PM ET
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I apparently need to read my printer manual because I didn't know you could tear the double labels in half and run them through the paper feed without jamming it up:P  Mine has two paper feeds, and I'm wondering if the one you use for photo sizes is what those should go through?  Nyeh, I'll figure it out.  I've been taping a half sheet of paper over one of the labels so I wouldn't waste any, & I wasn't sure how to get it to print on just the one:P



Last Edited on: 3/24/09 6:04 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/24/2009 9:09 PM ET
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I really like to use bubble mailers, but I am big into recycling.  I reuse them so I need a way to cover the previous label.  Taping down the paper label is a pain and indeed often looks like a preschooler did it!

I don't have printshop, but word can also handle the label formats. I guess the trick is to cut and paste the address - I assume you lose the barcode that way though!

 

Thanks everyone for your ideas.

Date Posted: 3/24/2009 11:39 PM ET
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Much easier to just tear the two labels apart on the perforations.  Most printers print from the top of the page down, and that's the part of the page where the address label is.  When the half sheet prints and feeds the printer stops without printing the second half of the page on a new sheet.

 

Date Posted: 3/25/2009 6:59 AM ET
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So you put half labels in your feed tray and don't have any problems with them getting hung up in the printer?  I will try it, but I need to look back through my printer manual again.  I keep thinking you can put a full sheet in there and still only print on one of the labels.  I just haven't figured out how to do it yet:P

Date Posted: 3/25/2009 2:05 PM ET
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Yes to both questions Kim.  Using the standard 8-1/2x11 paper setting and just putting in a half sized page (label) works fine.  Or, you could put in a full sheet (2 labels) but then you'd have to highlight only the address portion of the screen and tell the printer to "print selection", otherwise it will print the address on one label and the mailing info on the second.

 

Date Posted: 3/25/2009 3:49 PM ET
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Duh - well, learn something new every day.  It's my own fault I don't know all of that already.  I've used my printer like a toy since I bought it about a year ago, but I still haven't read the manual:P  Thanks, Bernhard:)

Date Posted: 3/25/2009 4:53 PM ET
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I should add though that I use an Epson C88+ printer most of the time, which has a vertical paper feed.  I've not tried this with my HP printer, which uses the tray system, but I have printed address labels for greeting cards on the HP with no problems.

Date Posted: 3/25/2009 9:51 PM ET
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Mine is a Cannon Pixma - I forget the model# atm.  It has a top feed and then a paper tray at the bottom too, so I can try either one.  I was looking more for the correct way to print these things over what I was doing with taping paper over the extra label:P  I'm just going to try putting the full sheet in the tray and highlighting the label & just printing that on one label.  I can still go back and print sheet two separately on plain paper, so I think this should work best for what I want.  Thanks again:)