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Tag printers

A tag printer is piece of consignment hardware that a consignment store utilizes to print bar codes/tags for inventory.  Two tag printers stand out in the consignment industry:

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Consignment Hardware Zebra LP2844
Zebra LP2844 Thermal Tag Printer

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Consignment Hardware Zebra LP2824
Zebra LP2824 Thermal Tag Printer

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Both of the above printers are direct-thermal printers.  This means, they do not use ink to print tags.  Instead, a print head in the printer generates heat.  Special tags with a reactive coating (thermal tags) are used in conjunction with the above printers.  The 2844 is the more popular of the two printers.  It is used by UPS, in hospitals and of course, in resale stores.

The 2824 is simply a “lesser” version of the 2844.  It can hold the same tags used with the various consignment software programs.  It tends to print a little lighter than the 2844 (can be tweaked in the driver), typically doesn’t last as long, etc.  If you’re a low-volume store, the 2824 could work out just great!  Always check with your software vendor for compatibility though.

Recap:

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  • Thermal printers do not use ink, rather, heat
  • Thermal printers use specialized tags with a heat-sensitive coating
  • The LP2844 and LP2824 are the most popular in the consignment industry

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