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Printed jar labels
Mon 25-Nov-13
12:32 pm
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steve c

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Hi again, I've sourced the jars from jamjarshop, they are reasonably priced for what I wanted but now I'm trying to source a label manufacturer. Vistaprint are no go, the others I have seen/looked at are either costly unless I hbuy 500 labels or , offer a great price but cannot offer the service !!

The jars I use are 12oz @ 70mm x 70mm so the labels need to be square and under 70mm x 70mm !! Who'd have guessed? Anyway I have been told there are issues regarding 'bleeding' and knowing nothing about label design ( a friend did that for me) I just want a company to provide the product.

Bearing in mind I could get a printer for my own purposes  for £500 or so but that seems a tad excessive considering I'm not off the ground yet regarding supply and manufacture/customer base.

Has anyone found a decent commercial outfit that can supply labels at a not immense cost? I mean, 50 pence a label is a bit much really, it means jar and labels are a quid before I've done anything else with them.

Any ideas gratefully received. :)

Mon 25-Nov-13
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Sorry Steve, I print my labels from our own PC and printer, again I think I'm much more small scale than you, I tend to make chutney in batches of 8 or 9 jars at a time, AND use recycled jars. I buy my cellophane covers from a company called Countryside Direct and they are much cheaper than I can get them in the shops, or for that matter, anywhere else I've seen on line. Having just had a quick glance, they may be more basic than you want, but they do them at £4.50 per 100, but only in their own basic labels, however, they may be worth a phone call, they have always been very helpful to me.

Mon 25-Nov-13
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This is SO typical - while in France, I found a website with labels to print, whereby you can put your own words onto the label.  Do you think I can find it? Not a chance ......

 

However, I found this - it may not be exactly what you want, but the print at the bottom of those I printed in France was "Meredith Corporation", so have a look around. I will have another look to see if I can find the original one.

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Mon 25-Nov-13
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Another resource: here

 

If you buy the paper, etc - would it be possible to get a friend to print off your labels?

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Sun 1-Dec-13
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Hello Steve, have you tried Bristol Bottle Direct for jars- I use their jars and am very happy with the price.... I am having the eternal label conundrum going on, I have been using the Avery address label equivalent ( easy to find on Amazon/Google, much cheaper than genuine Avery product), 63x38mm, 21 per a4 sheet. I have downloaded their (free) label making software ages ago, used it ever since- it is not too difficult to work out. As for the label ink bleeding- it should be fine if not splashed or exposed to too much humidity/condensation. I think laser printers would produce non-bleed labels, I looked into buying one a while back but decided to stick with my laptop/printer combo for as long as possible ( ie can't afford to change!!). btw I use two labels per jar at the moment, front one has name and weight of preserve on , the back one has all other required info- I'm thinking of changing to one-label-only though....

hope this helps

Tue 3-Dec-13
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Steve

For small printing jobs I would check what is available on ebay,  I've never ordered labels but have successfully sourced banners, booklets and the like.  There are so many advertisers the prices are pretty keen due to the amount of competition (although I've found some of them are cheaper still if you  contact them direct so they don't have to pay ebay fees)

Don't worry about the technical stuff like the bleed - it just needs a pdf sending off and if there is a problem they will help - it is however best to avoid companies with low or bad feedback as they may just be one person in their garden shed.

Tue 3-Dec-13
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low or bad feedback means they are not a good seller and I would avoid them, but as to being one person in their garden shed, that one person in their garden shed may give you a far better service or product than a larger company and may have excellent feedback.

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Wed 4-Dec-13
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Whilst it is true an individual in a shed may give an excellent service,  they are probably only using domestic equipment and hence the finished product is likely to be akin to what people can do themselves. The equipment used by professional printers is very large and expensive and the resultant quality of the product is in a different league. I had the misfortune to order flyers from what turned out to be an individual once and the result was a lower quality of printing, very badly cut (half had to be thrown away as the all important contact details  were cut off) and took ages to arrive. A high volume enterprise is more likely to have state of the art equipment which is likely to mean a higher quality product and full time staff to process orders quickly - most offer a 48 hr turnaround

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