How much do you pay for labels for check-in?
Why do I ask?
Well, I know that a lot of you out there are feeling the tight restraint of budget cuts. I don’t care how big your budget is, anyone would love to save a couple of hundred bucks for their ministry, right? Several years ago I moved into a new postion. The budget was a mess as it was one big pot and most expenses were coming out of that. When it was time to budget for the next year I was having to investigate what expenses were being lumped into this pot. I was trying to find all the things we spent money on and work that into the budget. As I was wrapping up the budget, I realized that I hadn’t accounted for labels for check-in. I dug in a little to find out what we had been spending. What I discovered almost made me sick. An administrator from another department had been ordering our labels from Staples or Office Depot and were paying the premium price of $30 per roll (350ish individual tags). THIRTY FREAKING DOLLARS! In 5 minutes of Google searching I found anotherÂ supplierÂ for $9 a roll. Just a few months later I was actually getting rolls for under $5. A little investigation saved me nearly $5000 a year for silly little stickers.
So, it might be helpful to share some information. How much do you pay for your labels? Are you willing to share your sources?
So, in the comments, tell us the following:
- What system do you use (i.e. Shelby, Arena, F1)?
- Where do you buy your labels?
- How much do you pay per roll?
Here’s what I’m thinking. I know that the best price for rolls come when you buy a lot of them. I usually buy in the largest quantity to get the biggest price and as a result I only have to order labels once or twice a year. Some of you at small churches wouldn’t go through that many labels in 4 years, so you have to buy less labels at the higher price. I’d be willing to bet that if some of you went in together, you could take advantage of the lower price. So, let’s just see what you’re paying for labels.
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Since I am about to jump into the label market, I have no useful input, but look forward to seeing everyone else’s suggestions
Hey Kenny! I’ll play. We use ACS (whole other topic) and buy our labels from LabelValue. We pay about $10 a roll and there are 300 labels on a roll. Not super. We have Dymo printers, but are looking to switch to Zebra printers
Thanks Jenny. Here’s my advice on printers. Dymo printers are cheap, but I found they break and wear out. Zebra printers are expensive, but they’re work horses and last a really long time. Actually, the last 5-7 zebras I’ve gotten in recent years I got off ebay for about half the price of new. I figured that even though they’re used… they never break (at least my experience).
I’m very interested in seeing some of the responses. We just switched to an electronic check-in system. My experience the first week (Oct. 3) was that many of our labels were falling off from the kids. Does anyone else have a problem with this?
we use ccb…with zebra printers (purchased off of ebay also.). our supplier is discount thermal labels. 3×2 labels with 750 to a roll at a cost of $4.75. haven’t had any real issues with the labels…good quality.
That’s a great price on the zebra labels.
Tammy – we have the opposite problem. 🙂 Our stickers are hard to get off. 🙂
Another great blog I missed!
Our labels have 1350 labels per roll and 8 rolls per case (10,800 labels!) and cost:
1-3 cases: $84.92
4-7 cases: $80.67
8+ cases: $76.43
Shipping is only $5.95 no matter how many cases you order and most locations are a two day ship zone!
We also have been selling the same labels in colors for many churches.
We sell the printers if you need one but also do free tech support no matter who you purchased your printer from or how old it is.
We use Fellowship One and Zebra printers. http://www.poscomputercorp2.com gives us a box of 6 rolls (1200 stickers/roll) for $80. I feel like its a good price.