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    comparing dymo and brother label printers

    Comparing the Dymo LabelWriter 400 and the Brother QL570. Shopping downunder, they are both about the same price, plus or minus specials at different stores.

    They look about the same to me. In addition to precut labels, the Brother can take a continuous roll which seems a great advantage to have that flexibility.
    Looking for your opinion and experience as to which is more user friendly / better quality / better features?
    Did you buy one and wish you got the other?
    Did you get the brother because continuous rolls sounded great but find you never use that feature?

    thanks in advance,

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    Re: comparing dymo and brother label printers

    I don't know what you're seeing in Oz Marty, but here's a clip from a Dymo PDF on the web and the 400 IS definitely a continuous roll printer. I've had a Dymo since the previous generation, before they were called Dymo, and wouldn't have anything else.

    I think it was about two years ago that I "upgraded" to a Twin Turbo so I could print my postage and I'm very happy I spent the extra money. I don't use the machine heavily for either labels or postage but when I do, it performs well and I've never had a complaint, knock on wood!
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    Re: comparing dymo and brother label printers

    Al,

    "so I could print my postage"
    How does that work? How does the data get in and the $ go out ?

    Paul

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    Re: comparing dymo and brother label printers

    The folks I picked up from the Dymo site are: Endicia. The attached clip has been disguised a bit, just in case. You "open an account" with them by depositing funds for the postage fees you will use up in the printing on your label maker. You can print first class postage in various weights, USA or International. Each time you run the software and print some postage, the amount is deducted from your deposited account. Endicia adds no surcharge or handling fees. So, technically they're "earning" on my deposit, but so would the USPS if I drive to the Post Office to buy stamps.

    Of course, they make their money when I buy SUPPLIES, which in my case consists of blank stamp rolls in 200 quantities. That's not unfamiliar to my 30-year IBM typewriter mentality - Heh, Heh. "The money is made in the sale of the ribbons, carbon paper, mag cards, etc." (my quote, not IBM's)

    Another peripheral advantage is that when the USPS raised our postage rates AGAIN recently, I didn't have to get in my car and drive over to buy a roll or two of 1 stamps. I never had to leave my computer and the Endicia software did the rest. Lazy, huh?
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    Re: comparing dymo and brother label printers

    Like BigAL, I use the Dymo LabelWiter - mine is a LabelWriter 330. I have never had a problem with mine and been using it for years (LabelWriter 330 was discontinued in 2005 when replaced with LabelWriter 400).

    Not to long ago I also used the LabelWriter Twin Turbo for the versitility of having two different sized label's in the same machine (saved time from swapping rolls for different applications or having to purchase two label printers). The LabelWriter Twin Turbo was purchased and setup on a system I installed because the user needed to print bar codes for sale items as well as address labels.
    Scott

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    Re: comparing dymo and brother label printers

    Big AL,


    When reviewing different plans, I came across Dymo Postage Solutions from LabelCity.Com - where I get most of the labels I need.

    I had checked out Endicia and after a 30 day free trial, there was a monthly service fee: Compare Endicia Plans. Additional information and features are found on Endicia Service Plan Pricing Page. I presume you have had you plan for some time or am I missing something ?
    Scott

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    Re: comparing dymo and brother label printers

    I went back to May 2006 when I bought the Twin Turbo and entered into business with Endicia as well. Checking my stored emails, there was nothing but the deposit for postage and the purchase of rolls of blank stamps. Never any mention of monthly service fees and I think I would have noticed that by now on my credit card if it were happening (I'm a retired "bean counter.") I think those service plans you found include peripheral services that I don't get (see attached). I can only tell ya that they ain't getting any money from me other than the rolls of blank stamps.
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    Re: comparing dymo and brother label printers

    Thanks for the vote of confidence.

    By continuous roll, I mean the Brother comes with a label roll that is not precut - so you can print a label 1000mm long if you wanted to! The Dymo does not seem to offer this feature. OK, I'm unlikely to want a 1 metre label, but the idea of not being locked into predetermined label dimensions is attractive to the non-conformist in me.

    Anyone have any experience with the Brother printers?

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    Re: comparing dymo and brother label printers

    Al,
    Thanks for Modern US Postage -101 . I never looked into that type service, but I think I will now.
    I don't think its Lazy behavior, sounds more like prudent, convenient and gas-saving behavior.

    Paul

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    Re: comparing dymo and brother label printers

    We use a few different P-Touch Brother label printers at work. All were very simple to setup with the supplied Windows based software.

    We are a little different, in that we required the ability to print from our Work Order / Inventory system. It took a bit of effort, but the print driver supplied was almost enough to get it going. Our hang-ups were with getting barcode fonts, and getting the 'report' from the Work Order / Inventory system to recognize the USB printer.

    All in all, we're happy with the Brother devices.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: comparing dymo and brother label printers

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by IMNetUser on 09-Jul-08 22:25. Belatedly realized, can post attachment as .txt without forum automatically printing out. Changed attachment to .txt.)</P>Big Al,

    Apparently Endicia does not offer free accounts except ...
    <hr>The only FREE service we offer for printing postage is through a Dymo account. Our endicia.com site does not talk about this service, the dymo.com web site does and re-directs you to our site for sign up.

    Our Dymo Stamps free accounts. They print ONLY certain rates and require special printers and labels.<hr>

    You have to have one of the following Dymo Printers: Dymo 400 turbo, Dymo LabelWriter twin turbo, or Dymo LabelWriter Duo. You must purchase Dymo 30915 labels. As you have stated, the free Dymo account only prints limited First Class, Priority, Express, and Post Card postage.

    To signup for a free Dymo Stamp account, you go here: https://www.endicia.com/dymo/signup/.

    What's interesting is I could not find the information on the http://Dymo.Com website, I received the information after contacting Endicia Support (support@endicia.com)


    <hr>Attached is a full TEXT copy of the e-mail I received (extension is .zip to avoid printing in the forum <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16> ). <hr>
    Changed attachment to correct extension [/b].TXT[/b]

    I have since passed information onto the friend who was looking at the program and ended up getting a paid account.

    Thank you for the heads up. this is going to help several people I know that want to print their own postage but did not want and/or need a monthly paid account. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>
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    Re: comparing dymo and brother label printers

    <hr>...Our endicia.com site does not talk about this service... <hr>
    I didn't know that I was supposed to keep it a secret! <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15>

    That IS why I said in my earlier post that I found them via the Dymo web site. When you go directly to Endicia, you don't see anything about this "offer."

    My old printer (they were called CoStar when I bought it) was very, very old AND serial connected and needed to be replaced. While I was shopping the Dymo site for a replacement I saw the Twin Turbo and decided to do myself a favor. That's when I was made aware of the Endicia account.

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