There are plenty of reasons why you should request a free sample of labels this summer.
If you’re starting a brand new project this summer and you need to source some suitable labels, it’s always a good idea to request a sample so you can make absolutely sure that the labels you pick will do the job you need them to – before you go ahead and buy.
Requesting a sample gives you a chance to do all sorts of things, including:
- Making sure you really like the way they look
As with anything that needs to look the part, you may buy labels in a particular colour or finish that seems like it will be perfect for your application, only to find that they’re not at all what you wanted when they arrive.
At Label Planet, we offer a range of colours and finishes (including seven pastel colours, five fluorescent colours, gold and silver, and a brown Kraft paper, along with options for matt, gloss, and semi-gloss finishes) BUT the best way to find out if they’ve got the perfect look to go with your project is to request a sample sheet and see for yourself!
- Making sure they’ll withstand any environmental challenges
If you know that your labels will be going into an environment with some unusual characteristics, then it’s always a good idea to request a sample to check that they’ll actually be able to work in those conditions. For example, if you know that your labels will be exposed to high or low temperatures (or even fluctuations between both), that they will be exposed to or immersed in water, or that they may be frequently handled, you can request a sample to double check that the labels you are interested in will withstand those challenges without being damaged (or even disintegrating).
- Making sure they stick onto the surface you need them to stick to
This is especially important if you are labelling something that is made of an unusual material or has a varied or curved surface; while the majority of our permanent adhesives are designed to adhere strongly to the majority of surfaces and materials, there are some that may prove more of a challenge (in which case you would need to try one of our stronger adhesives, such as our High Tack or Marine Adhesives). It is impossible for us to guarantee that any one of our adhesives will adhere to an unusual material or surface type and it is always best to test an adhesive in the exact environmental conditions of your label application.
- Making sure they will go through your printer properly
Some printers may struggle to handle labels because they tend to be made of different materials and are much thicker than standard sheets of paper. Smaller, more basic models of printer are less likely to be able to process labels; these printers tend to be designed for printing onto basic sheets of standard paper ONLY, which means that trying to put labels through them could damage your printer. If you aren’t sure if your printer is able to accept sheets of labels, we strongly advise taking a look at your printer’s manual (or contacting the printer manufacturer/visiting their website for advice) as all printer manuals will include a list of specifications for your model of printer, including information about the types and thicknesses of materials that it can (and cannot) process.
- Making sure you’ve had a “trial run” at DIY label printing
You can also use your sample to have a trial run at printing your labels yourself – which is a great idea if you’ve never done it before. You can use your samples to check if your template is set up correctly and if you have selected the best combination of print settings in your printer’s properties to create the print quality and accurate alignment that you need.
Requesting a sample is really easy; either fill out our online Sample Request form or get in touch with our Customer Service Team to let us know which labels you’d like to try. We aim to send out all sample requests on the same or next working day (despatch is via Royal Mail’s first class service) so you should have plenty of time to decide which ones you want before your deadline arrives. We advise customers to be as specific as possible with their sample requests so that we can make sure that the samples we send are the best options for the application you have in mind – and we’ll always try to offer extra advice where we can. If you’re trying to work out which labels to request, remember you can always have a chat with our Customer Service Team about your labelling requirements or try out our brand new Label Finder, which should help you to work out the best possible options for your particular project.