To use Pirate Ship, you need a scale to weigh your package (plus a ruler or a tape measurer to measure your package), and a printer to print the shipping label.
You can use any kind of scale, including kitchen scales, as long as it gives accurate weight measurements to the nearest ounce. You can also use any kind of standard inkjet or laser desktop printer. If you use a desktop printer, you can use regular printer paper and simply tape it to the box... but you might want to get some half-sheet label sticker paper – $10.99
However, if you're looking to get more professional with your shipping when it comes to scales and printers, there's some great equipment that really doesn't cost very much. We've tried everything, so we're happy to make the recommendations below:
The Best Shipping Postage Scales:
ACCUTECK All-in-1 Series – $17.85
This is the cheapest, most versatile shipping scale we've come across. It has a capacity of up to 50lbs. It's also portable and can run on batteries.
Weighmax W-2809 Stainless Steel Scale – $22.88
For just a few dollars more, this stainless steel scale from Weighmax has a capacity of up to 90lbs and can take quite a bit more abuse than the Accuteck.
Accuteck ShipPro 110lbs – $24.95
This is our top choice. The ShipPro has a capacity of up to 110lbs and is much more durable than it's cheaper counterpart. Suitable for warehouse & office environments.
The Best Shipping Label Printer (4x6" Direct Thermal)
ROLLO Shipping Label Printer – $179.99
The ROLLO printer is by far our top choice for shippers of all sizes. Not only is it affordable, it's also commercial grade, super fast, works great with both Windows and Mac computers, and it doesn't require proprietary labels. Keep in mind that this printer actually uses HEAT to print, so it doesn't require any future purchases as there's nothing to replace.
ROLLO Fan-Fold 4x6" Direct Thermal Label Paper – $14.99
In combination with the ROLLO printer, you'll need the actual 4x6" labels to print on as well. It's important to get DIRECT THERMAL labels, not THERMAL TRANSFER labels. We recommend fan-fold labels, which are way better than rolls of labels because it keeps the labels flat so they stack in neat little piles, plus you can print a lot more labels before having to reload. ROLLO sells fan-fold stacks of 500 labels for a reasonable price, but if you print batches of labels in the thousands, definitely search for fan-fold stacks of 2000 to lessen the amount of times you have to reload. We're happy to help you find a source if you need 👍
Why don't we recommend the Dymo 4XL label printer?
The Dymo 4XL became popular because it used to be the only decent option for printing 4x6" shipping labels, but the ROLLO printer blows it out of the water. The Dymo's weird triangular design simply makes it unsuitable for printing more than a few labels at a time, and it requires proprietary Dymo label paper that is way more expensive. We never recommend the Dymo 4XL!
Got any questions? Chat with us and we're happy to help!