5 Reasons You Desperately Need an eBay Shipping Label Printer

dymo labelwriter 4xl thermal printerWe’ve been thinking a lot lately about how we can make our eBay business more efficient.

How can we get the same amount of work done (or more) but taking less time to do it.

We already told you about how we purchased eBay business cards so that we could stop printing packing slips. This was a huge time saver in the shipping department.

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To help with our effort to save time, we purchased an eBay shipping label printer. More specifically, the DYMO Labelwriter 4XL Thermal Printer.

This is by far, one of the best investments we have made in our business!

Watch our eBay shipping label printer in action!

Here’s why:

1.  Huge Time Saver

Before we purchased the DYMO 4XL printer, like most people, we were using our standard inkjet printer to print shipping labels. While this is still way more efficient than standing in line at the post office, it was taking a lot of time to print.

First, you have to wait for it to print. Then cut the label out, and finally tape the label to the package.

Now, with our eBay shipping label printer, each label prints out super fast and we can quickly stick the label to the package.

Bam! Done!


2.  No More Ink!

We all know it, printer ink is expensive! When you’re buying ink every couple of weeks, the costs really add up.

Since the DYMO Labelwriter 4XL is a thermal printer, there is no ink. A thermal printer has “small heated pins which form characters on heat-sensitive paper”.

Now, we never have to worry about running out of ink!


3.  Weatherproof

Another really nice thing about thermal labels is that they are weatherproof. Since they’re not printed with ink, there is no need to worry about the labels getting smudged or smeared if it gets wet.

Before, we were taping over each label to completely cover it (it took 3 pieces of tape) so that the paper wouldn’t get wet.

dymo labelwriter 4xl shipping labels* Yes, we know you aren’t technically supposed to do that, but we never had any issues with the post office in the many years we were doing it.

So, not only do we not have to worry about the weather, but we are also saving a lot of tape!

We purchased the DYMO labels from Amazon, however we are testing out a cheaper version that is compatible with the DYMO 4XL printer. This one is sold on eBay and we will let you know how it works out.


4.  Minimize The Risk of Mixing Up Shipping Labels on Multiple Items

With the old method, if we had multiple items to ship, we were printing out all our labels first and then taping them on afterwards. However, there was one time when the labels got mixed up and we accidentally shipped the wrong items.

Imagine our customers surprise when they received a measuring cup instead of a power cord (and vice versa). Needless to say, we felt terrible about the whole mix up and vowed to never let that happen again.

With our DYMO labelwritter 4XL thermal printer, we have been able to minimize that risk by sticking the label on the package as soon as it is printed.


5. It Looks More Professional

When our customers receive their item, it looks like anything else they might receive when purchasing online.

Gone are the days of trying to cut the label out in a straight line (that ends up usually still looking crooked).

Gone are the days of all the extra tape.

Now we have a simple, clean looking package that shows our customers that we care.


If you have a thermal printer for eBay shipping labels, we would love to hear what you think of it. Also, if you have any concerns or questions about using one of these printers, we’d be happy to help you. Leave a comment below.

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Wilson Wong - March 22, 2016

I purchased this exact same printer a long time, but could never get it to print ebay shipping labels. I’m currently running Windows 10. How do you set up the ebay printing preferences for the 4xl?

I sell labels on ebay. My user name is Padsplus.

Thanks in advance for your help.

    The Family Pickers - March 22, 2016

    Thank you for your question. Here are the instructions that we used for setting up our printer with eBay. http://www.dymo.com/en-US/how-to-print-shipping-labels-on-ebay

    It can be a little confusing because eBay does not have an option for Dymo LabelWriter 4XL printers so you have to select “Zebra LP2844 4×6” in the printer settings. Also, when you go to print your label and the printer box pops up, make sure that your Dymo is selected in the drop down box at the top. Then you can click “print”.

    Hope this helps. Please let us know how it works out for you.

    c/o The Family Pickers

Rich - March 25, 2016

After doing some research, I received conflicting reports on the compatibility of the Dymo LabelWriter 4XL with Windows 10. Can you confirm that this will work with Windows 10?

    The Family Pickers - March 25, 2016

    Hello Rich,

    We are currently using the Dymo Labelwriter 4XL on Windows 10 with absolutely no problems.

    We were using Windows 8 when we first installed our Dymo. A few weeks ago we upgraded to Windows 10 and it has continued to work flawlessly.

    c/o The Family Pickers

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