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Label Printing Cost Comparison - Dymo/Zebra Printer

28 May 2018

Printing Labels Cost Comparison Dymo Label Printer or Zebra Label Printer

Now we have chosen the Dymo brand only because some of our customers recently have approached us about changing so we did a comparison cost for them. I am sure similar calculations will result in similar results using other "consumer type" brands like Brother etc. We have used a Zebra GC420D but there is a whole range available at this price or slightly higher. These printers are not industrial printers but are very good commercial printers capable of printing lots of labels. So why use a Zebra label printer over a Dymo/Brother printer? Well simply put it is cheaper and more convenient.


The upfront costs of the Dymo/brother can vary widely (up to $500) but for now we will use $94 which will buy a Dymo 450. For the Zebra it's current price is $565 inc GST.

The Zebra should have a longer usable lifetime but we haven’t factored this in but even without this it is cheaper to run a Zebra Label printer with even fairly small quantity label usage.


 Direct thermal label printers have no toners or inks. Only the labels are the consumables. Zebra label printers can have larger rolls in them (up to 1,000 x 100mm x 73mm labels) compared with a much smaller amount with Dymo printers. We will also use the Officeworks price for 3 rolls and more of the 54mm x 101mm/ 220 labels per roll - $28 inc GST for 3 rolls and more. For our Zebra labels we will compare them against our 100mm x 73mm labels. Slightly larger labels but a popular size.


DYMO LabelWriter 450 Label Maker - $94.00

Now for the consumables

Let’s buy the genuine Dymo 54mm x 101mm labels/ 220 per roll @ $28 per roll


DYMO LabelWriter 30323 Shipping Labels

54 x101mm - $28 per roll for 3 rolls plus

220 labels per roll

$127.27 per 1000 labels (4.5 rolls)

Price source (28/05/18)




So for the Dymo printer it costs $127.27 per 1000 labels.


Did you know that you can void the printer warranty by inserting non genuine (Dymo) labels? Not that we neccesarily agree with this but it can cause warranty headaches.



Zebra GC420D Direct Thermal Label Printers -$565.00

The labels for this printer for the comparison are similar (100mm x 50mm)? The cost of these labels lowers significantly with quantity but to make it a fair comparison we will take the lowest quantity for this label on our website ie $220 inc GST for 10 rolls of 1000. So that works out at $22 per 1000. We can do even lower quantities but we can use this for now.


Whats the Difference?

The difference is a whopping $105.27 per 1000 labels. If you use as little as 6000 labels then you have paid completely for the label printer (even if you have already bought the Dymo) by saving $631.62 and the savings will go on for years. (The cost to buy the Dymo and print 6000 of these labels is $857.62).


So do you want to make these savings now! For the cost of printing 6000 of the labels with the Dymo like we have demonstrated above ($857.62) you can buy a label printer package today.  And the savings will go on for years.


1 x Zebra GC420D label printer - USB connection




10000 x 100mm x 50mm with permanent adhesive


10000 @ $22 per 1000


Freight to your premises (except for remote areas)   $  22.00



$807 inc GST

The savings are across all sizes of labels not just this size. You also are not restricted to manufacturer specifc sizes. We can make virtually any size you need in any material you need. Just contact us.


See our other comparison laser printers versus label printers



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