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price tag guns

updated sat 16 may 98


Grimmer on thu 14 may 98

I was putting price tags on about 300 new pots for a fair
this weekend and got to thinking (there he goes again!) that
it would be cool to have one of those retail price-tag guns.
You know, like that guy has in the Staples commercial:
ker-chunk, ker-chunk, ker-chunk.Golly, that would be cool! Has
anyone out there tried that?

steve grimmer
marion illinois.

Jeff Lawrence on fri 15 may 98

steve grimmer of the barking dogs was asking about price tag guns...

Not as fun as a gun, but you might consider laser labels. The small ones
come 100 or so to a sheet.

Word has templates for most label sizes and Avery distributes software for
free, which will also bar code those mugs for you.

There are also full-page 8.5X11 labels, which might work for a temporary
Jeff Lawrence
Sun Dagger Design
Rt 3 Box 220
Espanola, NM 87532
ph 505-753-5913

MiltonsLin on fri 15 may 98

Long ago, while I was a high school student, I worked at a variety store. The
way the merchandise was price-tagged was similar to the method you wrote
about. There are several caveats you might want to know:

The price tags are often "permanent" glued. It is difficult to remove these
suckers, even with a strong solvent. Buy "easy-peel" tags, which come apart
easily, and your customers can remove them before giving your wares as gifts.

The price stamping system the store used was expensive. I think I saw an
inexpensive system at Office Depot recently, for under $100.00. The
reliability of the system, as well as the capabilities of the marking stamp
itself may be a price-related factor. With the marking guns we used at the
store, alphanumeric information (such as the date the item arrived at the
store, and the department the item was sold in) could be printed above the
price in an abbreviated form. The price itself could be up to three digits,
followed by a two-place decimal figure. (IE, anything up to $999.99 could be
priced using this system).

Another matter you might consider is the color of the price ticket. At the
store, white was used for the "regular" price, red was used for "sale" prices,
and yellow was used for discounting "discontinued" merchandise. More often
than not, the colored tags are more difficult to remove than white tags.

It's by far cheaper (and less cumbersome) to buy non-permanent labels which
you write upon with a pen! As an alternative, consider purchasing computer
software for labelling applications, and removable price labels (Avery makes
them) for your inkjet or laser printer.

I hope this is helpful information. You may contact me, if you need
clarification on anything I wrote.

Thanks for allowing me to reminisce about my teenage years! That was 25 years
ago, in Indianapolis, Ind.!

Milton of Yucca Valley, CA MiltonsLin@AOL.COM