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What size of printer labels do I need to buy?
What size of printer labels do I need to buy?

Find the best label paper for 2x7" or 4x6" thermal label printers or desktop printers.

Updated over a week ago

There's lots of different label paper out there, so it's important to get the ones that work for your printer so you don’t waste your treasure 😜

Since Pirate Ship currently only offers 4x6” and 2x7” size postage labels, you’ll want to get a label stock that can fit one of these sizes. Below are some links to where you can find the labels we recommend, depending on which printer you have πŸ‘

NOTE: You can print USPS labels in either the 4x6" and 2x7" sizes, but UPS labels on Pirate Ship only come in the standard 4x6" size. If you have 2x7" selected in your General Settings, UPS services won't show up when you create your label and click the green "Get Rates" button.

Desktop Printers

Regular old computer paper works just fine with Pirate Ship! You'll just want to use strong, clear packing tape to stick your label onto the package, and avoid creating any lines or creases if you're taping over the barcode πŸ‘Œ

However, it makes life a lot easier to buy half-sheet sticker label paper, like these ones:

Note: For desktop printers, Pirate Ship currently ONLY supports half-sheet sticker paper like the ones linked above, where a letter-size paper (8.5 x 11") is cut exactly down the middle. There are other shipping label paper templates out there that have different layouts, and Pirate Ship labels will NOT align to their sticker cutouts.

Keep in mind, these half-sheet labels only work for desktop printers and are not compatible with 2x7" and 4x6" thermal label printers πŸ˜‰

Labels for 2x7" Printers

Brother Printers

Including: QL-800, QL-810W, QL-820NWB, QL-700, QL-720NW, QL-500, QL-550, QL-570.

These continuous-length paper tape rolls are the best ones to get for Brother 2x7" printers:

Dymo Printers

Including: Dymo LabelWriter Wireless, Dymo LabelWriter 450, Dymo LabelWriter 450 Turbo, Dymo LabelWriter 450 Twin Turbo, Dymo LabelWriter 330, Dymo LabelWriter 330 Turbo, and any Dymo printer with the 99019 label paper size (double check that the paper size has dimensions of 59 x 190 mm).

This one’s easy! Dymo only has one sticker label size that works with the 2x7" postage size:

Note: You can't print customs forms on 2x7" labels, so you can't use them for international shipments πŸ˜… If you need to make an international label, just switch back to the 4x6" label size and use a regular desktop printer or a 4x6" label printer.

Labels for 4x6" Printers

Brother Printers

Including: QL-1100, QL-1110NWB, QL-1060N, QL-1050, and any QL Brother printer with a 4-inch wide print head.

If your printer has a cutter, these are the best choices:

If your printer doesn't have a cutter, get one of these labels:

Dymo LabelWriter 4XL

Labels for this printer need to be Dymo 4XL compatible 4x6” labels. You don’t have to get Dymo brand if you can find cheaper ones somewhere... but make sure they're Dymo compatible!

Any other 4x6” printer

You can use any direct thermal 4x6” printer with Pirate Ship, and typically any 4x6" direct thermal labels will work with them. Just make sure you're buying DIRECT THERMAL label paper, not THERMAL TRANSFER label paper, as they're different technologies... unless your printer has a 3" core 😊 Also, make sure the β€œCore” of the label paper roll (the diameter of the tube in the center) fits on your printer:

Alternatively, if your label printer supports it, you can use fan-fold labels:

Any questions? Chat in with our Support Crew πŸ˜ƒ

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