A Consignors Guide to Printing Tags

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

BDFL is a very busy sale and having barcodes that scan is essential to a faster checkout. Please use this information to help you be sure your tags will scan.  This is what a good barcode looks like - crisp lines and no bleeding!  Don't print too dark - it is better to print a little light than too dark. Don't print on the "High Quality" setting, print on the normal setting. This is especially true for inkjet printers. Some cardstock papers can "soak up" the ink when it is sprayed too dark, causing the edges of the barcode to be fuzzy and not scan. The edges of a barcode need to be crisp.

Align your print cartridges - printer cartridges in inkjet printers can get out of alignment, especially when you change cartridges. This can cause the edge of the barcode not to be clean and straight. There should be a utility that came with your printer software that allows you to align the print cartridges.

Don't use designer cardstock
- Designer cardstock that is "fiberous" can soak up ink from an inkjet and cause the edges of a barcode to be fuzzy.

Use a standard dense cardstock.
Avoid carstock with a "slick" surface, as it can cause ink to smudge.

Don't "scale" the printing- when actually printing the barcodes/tags, do not adjust the scaling on the page. Print at 100%, just like the tag is generated.

Do not use a "shrink to fit" option
, or change page scaling to something other than 100% Doing this will adjust the size of the barcode, which adjusts the "gaps" between the dark bars and can cause the barcode to be unscannable.

A word to MAC USERS: SOME MAC users have trouble with their tags printing with the last two barcodes on a separate page. Using Internet Explorer to create your tags instead of Safari usually fixes this problem.
GOOGLE CHROME can cause the same problem.

We know that ink jet printers are often the reason tags do not scan - if at all possible try to print your tags on a laser printer.

If you are concerned about your tags not scanning please contact

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