If your business is using a thermal transfer printer then you will mostly likely prefer to purchase thermal transfer labels from a discount labels source. Unfortunately the only discount that may be readily available is one that you create, based on the quantity you purchase — the bigger the sale, the smaller the price per unit. Of course, if you are working for a very large company you may be able to purchase huge quantities at a time and thereby save even more on the per-unit cost.
If yours is a small business, it might be a good idea to search out another small business in your area who uses a printer similar to yours and go in together to buy a larger shipment and cut costs for both of you. You might begin your search at the place where you purchased your printer. They will know of other local businesses that you might contact for this purpose. Or look through your yellow pages for another small business that does something similar to what you do. Call and interview them about their equipment and if it matches yours, then make your proposal. What could it hurt? In these hard economic times this kind of relationship can be valuable for each of you and in other unexpected ways.
When purchasing thermal transfer labels, be sure to calculate for the thermal transfer ribbons, too. You will not be printing much on your labels if you forget the ribbons. On this kind of a printer the image is heat transferred to the paper through a coated ribbon, so the ribbons are very important. The ribbon and the paper face each other between the heated print head and a platen which provides a surface upon which the paper label is stabilized to take the pressure of the print process.
There are a large variety of labels made for this kind of printer which can come in rolls or fan folded packs for easy, fast printing. If you are searching for a discount supplier online, ask them if they will send a free sample for you to try out on your equipment before buying in quantity. Im sure this request will not seem unreasonable to any reputable dealer.
Labels come in white and flood coated fluorescent and other colors. Flood coated means that the color has been printed on the label from edge to edge without leaving any kind of white border around the edge the label has been completely flooded with color. The flood coating also may provide a different kind of surface matte, satin, or glossy but colored labels are more expensive, due to this extra color-adding step. The extra coating and color change may serve to smooth or highlight or even add texture to your job, depending on the end use. The colors are numbered according to a standard chart and you should be able to get a copy of the chart by simply asking. When they send the free label sample, ask for the color chart, too, to make choosing your colors more accurate. If you have an old chart, get a new one, because the colors may have changed or faded over time.