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The Pros and Cons of Buying a Label Maker

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Lasell chapter.

I’ve always been an extremely organized person, so when my roommate got a label maker during the fall semester I was immediately obsessed. Being able to print out labels at the push of just a few buttons? Um, yes, please! That was definitely something I needed in my life, so I started doing some research on the different types of label makers. I ended up purchasing a P-Touch Embellish label maker from Michael’s for $59.99. Now that I’ve owned this little machine for about a month, I have found that there are definitely a lot of pros and cons when it comes to owning a label maker. 



  1. Ease of Use: Label makers are extremely easy-to-use. For example, with the model I own, you simply type out the word or phrase that you would like printed onto your label, and then you hit print! The machine then prints out the little label and to place it, you simply take off the backing like you would with a sticker. 

  2. Multiple Options: When it comes to your label maker, another huge pro I have found is that the label tape comes in a large variety of colors, patterns, and text colors. Additionally, some label makers will also print onto satin ribbon! This ensures that no matter what you want to label, you are guaranteed to find a color or style that matches the project perfectly. 

  3. No Cables Needed: The label maker that I own runs simply on six triple AAA batteries, which most people already have in their home. This is a huge bonus for me, as I already have so many various cables and cords to plug in all of my devices, and this one doesn’t need yet another! 



  1. The Price of Tape: The one and only issue I have run into with my label maker is that the cost of tape for the machine can get expensive. For example, packs of solid-colored tape cost about $12.99 at Michael’s while patterned tape costs about $14.99. Each pack contains approximately 13 feet of tape, however, this is a lot smaller than it sounds because each label is typically around 4 inches in length. 


Overall, I definitely would recommend considering purchasing a label maker for people who just really love to be organized, want to become more organized, or are education majors like me. It’s an awesome tool, and although the price of the machine and materials can get a little high, I believe that it is ultimately worth it in the long run. Let me know in the comments below if you own a label maker and what you think about it!

Attends Lasell University and is currently a senior (class of 2023). An elementary education major with a minor in child and adolescent studies. A proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, I love the color yellow, crocs, and all kinds of tea!