ADVANTAGES OF BARCODE PRINTERS
It's easy enough to take the attitude that one can use a regular printer for barcodes, but the truth is, barcode printers do the job quicker and more efficiently than printer from a regular printer. For one thing, you have to have a program in your system for the size labels you need for that type of job. In addition, it requires peeling the labels from each sheet, thus handling a stack of 8-1/2 x 11 sheets as you apply the labels to the packages or the shelves.
Barcode printers are much more efficient for printing barcode labels because they are already set up for that function in both size and speed. In addition, barcode printers are portable, so you can take them wherever they are needed to perform the job. Why are you going to use a big printer when a small one will do? There are, of course, larger barcode printers for bigger jobs; however, you don't need to purchase one any bigger than what you need. The important thing is to make sure you have a product that is going to do the job you need it to perform without breaking down or jamming.
Many different manufacturers distribute barcode printers, and each one is advantageous to the specific job for which it is needed. You want to be sure you check out several different printers before you make a final decision on the one you want to purchase. It may even be helpful to find a local supplier where you can view what is available and see how each model works before making your final decision. Even you aren't going to purchase from a local supplier, there is no reason you can't make use of their display models in order to make a decision about a model.