PRINTING TIPS

Tips for Printing Barcode Tags:

  • To ensure you are properly credited for your items that sell, please follow these instructions carefully. Improperly tagged items will not be accepted or will be pulled from the floor.

  • Consignors should choose white paper for those items the consignor wants returned or colored for those clothing items the consignor DOES NOT want returned. Please note that any clothing item that has a COLORED tag will not be returned to you. Tags for toys, books, and shoes should not be printed on colored paper, as these can not be donated.

  • White Paper: Returned to you if not sold.

  • Colored Paper: Donated if not sold

  • 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 "scale" the printing - when actually printing the barcodes/tags, please do not adjust the scaling on the page. Please print the tags at 100%, just like the tag is generated. If you use a "shrink to fit" option, or change the page scaling to something other than 100% it can adjust the size of the barcode, which adjusts the "gaps" between the dark bars and can cause the barcode to be unscannable.

  • Altered Tags -- Items with altered consigner number or price will not be accepted. If you offered an item at a previous sale at one price and now want to offer it at a different price, please reprint the tag
     

If your printed barcodes look like this one, you’re good to go.
 
 
If it looks like the one below, realign your current ink cartridge and try again.
If it looks like this one, replace your ink cartridge with a new one & align your cartridge
Other Printing Options:
  • No Cost: Check with someone who has a laser printer. This type of printer is your best option.

  • Small Cost: ($0.25 to $0.75 a page) Upload a .pdf copy of your tags to Office Max, Staples, Fed Ex Office or another local printer. You can upload the document from your computer and pick them up within a short time.

Click here to visit our Tagging Instructions page