Two Label Conundrums
October 29, 2019 10:21 AM   Subscribe

I often need various shapes of mailing-style labels (examples below). But companies like Avery don't sell blank white assorted-size labels. Can anyone advise, or else should I buy whole sheets and cut to size as needed...or resort to cut paper and glue, 1965-style? Also: I use these address labels for packages, but they're expensive and I often don't use the "from" sticker (so I'd rather they weren't labeled). Can anyone suggest better?


Add an RMA # on a package I can't write clearly on

Add the movie name to a DVD box with a blank spine

Cover over an old mailing fragment difficult to remove from a box I want to reuse

etc etc
posted by Quisp Lover to Shopping (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Are you printing these or hand writing them?

If hand writing, I'd say yeah, just buy big versions of generic Avery labels and cut to sizes, especially for your examples.

Those labels you linked to seemed really expensive and fussy. I presume you're hand writing on those too, in which case you could get Avery labels that are 6 to a sheet or 8 to a sheet and achieve the same thing, without the lines on it.
posted by misanthropicsarah at 10:26 AM on October 29, 2019 [2 favorites]

Handwriting. And thanks for that link, I hadn't found that product. Just bought the box for <$10 on eBay!
posted by Quisp Lover at 10:30 AM on October 29, 2019

I have two usual strategies: one is the larger Avery labels, I usually get the ones that are 8 to a page, I guess 2" tall each, plus they have 6-per-page and 4-per-page options as well. If I'm printing them out I print on paper and tape that down (completely covering it) with clear heavy duty packing tape.

For home labeling like DVD spines, I get so much value for money on a pretty basic Brother labelmaker.
posted by Lyn Never at 11:06 AM on October 29, 2019

A geometric alternative -- you can get a roll of continuous label material, and you could cut small or large or overlapping strips off it. Up to a hundred feet long!
posted by clew at 11:29 AM on October 29, 2019 [3 favorites] will let you order individual sheets of their labels. that might be something that would work for you.
posted by koroshiya at 11:30 AM on October 29, 2019

You could also get the full page Avery labels and cut as desired.
posted by WCityMike at 4:24 PM on October 29, 2019

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