Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Label Frustration

Ah, well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. It just so happens that I'm the grumpier of the two of us, so no surprise that I am here being grumpy.

Really though, this is also a question for those of you who make things, anything really, that requires a label (soaps, bath products, foodstuffs, etc). Where do you get your labels? I like our labels, to a certain extent. They're very simple, and elegant (I think) in a fairly understated kind of way. They're basic white labels with whatever we choose to put on them, text wise, but have no color or unique identity to them. I'm also concerned that the paper labels we're currently using, will deteriorate very quickly on items like our sugar scrubs, lotions, and others that will typically stay in the powder rooms of our customers, and so I was hoping for something more durable.

That said, I also don't think, when comparing them to other people's labels, that they look as professional as they could. So I went looking tonight for places online where I could have labels created, and the costs are staggering! Not only the cost, but the quantities required (1000 per design minimum at most places) are amazingly high - especially when you take into consideration that we'd need 1 set of 1000 labels for each scent of each product, which would put us needing to order in the neighborhood of multiple tens of thousands of labels. Hopeful for a good business as I may be, that many labels would take us years to go through.

So what is a small business - with limited funds - to do?

I really love these labels: , however, at anywhere between .25 and .75 per label, while they are the most convenient (because we can order in very small batches), they are also still rather pricey for what I want. At that point, we'd either be eating into our small profit margin, or having to increase the prices to justify the cost of the labels. (Though, admittedly, the price per label is actually very similar in cost to the bigger companies that require 1000 labels at a time).
So, is this all there is out there? Anyone have any other suggestions? I'm all ears, or eyes, as the case may be.


Anonymous said...

Have you looked at VistaPrint? I know some people have had issues with them but I've used them dozens of times and have had great results. Don't know if they have anything water proof but it'd be worth checking.

Heathen's Hearth said...

No, I haven't check with them yet. I was looking at quite a few others though, and either the prices were daunting, like the one I listed in the post, or the minimum order was horribly out of reach.

Thanks for the tip though, I'll check them out.