Best Printer for Selling on eBay + Poshmark

So, you’ve started selling or reselling clothes and other things on Poshmark, eBay, Mercari, and/or another online selling platform or app. You’ve been shipping out sales as they come in and as your business ramps up, it’s natural to want to make sure you’re being as efficient as you can be. Something that will help you out a lot in that area is finding a printer that’s reliable and cost-effective to use when shipping out orders.

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The best printer for eBay and Poshmark shipping labels is a thermal or laser printer, depending on your needs

There are literally thousands of printers on the market but after trying out tons of them, I want to tell you about two of the best printers I’ve found. I’ve had a busy Poshmark reselling business for a couple of years now and I think that either of these printers will serve you well, but there are a few major differences between them so let’s talk about them.

One of them will be best for people who are on a roll with their reselling business and ready to invest in the best printer out there and the other recommendation is the best for newer resellers.

Either way, I don’t recommend using an inkjet printer for printing shipping labels because it’ll become needlessly expensive in the long run. Either of the printing options I’m about to recommend to you will save you a lot of cash over time, especially if you sell quite a few pieces per month.

 

Option 1: A thermal printer, specifically the DYMO 4XL

There are a few different brands that make thermal printers that work amazingly for pumping out shipping labels quickly than most anything else you’ll find, but the DYMO 4XL takes care of your shipping label backlog the fastest. The 4XL is sort of the OG in terms of shipping label printers and it’s one of the two the quickest label printers on this side of $1000. If you’re looking for the most efficient machine

Alternative option:  Rollo Label Printer

The Rollo Label Printer is an alternative to the Dymo and it has similar functionality – it’s an awesome printer that works just as well. It’s my second choice for a label printer because it tends to be a little more expensive, but it occasionally goes on sale making it less expensive than the Dymo, so definitely check out the current price.

Notes: Thermal printers are made specifically for shipping labels, so you won’t be able to print out other kinds of documents using one of these. You’ll also need to buy shipping labels that are compatible with thermal printers – here’s my favorite pack to get when I’m running out.

Zebra is another brand of thermal printer you’ll see while browsing your options, but I don’t recommend them as highly as Dymo or Rollo. I found myself having to mess with my Zebra printer (I’d have to pull the labels out and put them back in when they got stuck) a lot more often than I did with either the Dymo or the Rollo

A thermal printer is ideal for:

  • People who ship a higher volume of packages and need something that can handle printing lots of shipping labels with minimal hassle.
  • People who want the easiest/quickest printing experience and don’t mind paying a little bit more when compared to a laser printer.
  • You want a printer dedicated to printing your shipping labels and you don’t need it to print other documents.

 

Option 2: A laser printer. The Brother HL-L2340DW is the one I started out with before switching to a thermal printer.

A laser printer is going to be less expensive (generally speaking) than a thermal printer. You’ll also save tons of money by using the toner cartridges that these printers use vs. using crazy expensive inkjet printer cartridges.

You will need to order toner cartridges every so often, but these kinds of cartridges print for a lot longer than inkjet cartridges do. With a laser printer, you’ll only be able to print in greyscale, which makes them perfect for printing shipping labels.

I used a Brother laser printer for about a year and a half as I was growing my Poshmark reselling business on the side of my full-time job. WhenI started selling more than 100-150 clothing items per month, I switched to the thermal printer.

 

 

This printer is best for:

  • People who don’t want to spend as much on a printer upfront.
  • You want a multi-use printer that can print out shipping labels and any other white and black/greyscale documents you might need.
  • You don’t mind if the printing process is a bit slower.

Note: At the time of writing this post (Aug. 2020) the price of this kind of printer is a lot higher than usual, probably due to the fact that so many of us are working or running a business from home right now. You should normally expect this type of printer to be around half the price of the thermal printer recommendation I gave you. If you see a price that’s still a bit higher than that, check out the refurbished or renewed options available – you can sometimes snag a great deal by buying refurbished.

 

Summary: Best printer options for printing shipping labels

At the end of the day, you’ll be fine as long as you’re not using an inkjet printer for your labels – that’s like throwing away money, which is sad all around. If that’s what you’re currently using, try a thermal or laser printer and you’ll definitely be glad you made the switch! Your wallet and your workflow will thank you. 🙂

 

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