Several months ago I purchased a Dymo LabelWriter 400 Twin Turbo label printer. It works great and I use it to print mailing labels and other labels around the office. It also prints postage labels so I never have to go to the post office. The problem is with the Dymo Stamps program that prints the labels. I had purchased some Dymo compatible postage labels at a fraction of the cost of Dymo brand labels, and they worked perfectly in the machine. I was a happy camper along with many other customers. Then last week they announced that in order to use the postage software to print the stamps you have to enter an activation code that is located on the roll of Dymo brand stamp labels. The software does not work with compatible labels. The problem is that the compatible labels cost less than one cent each while the Dymo brand labels cost eight cents each. That’s more than eight times the price. I can understand them being a little higher, maybe even double the price of the generic labels but eight times as much? That’s not fair at all.
They claim that the move is being made to “safeguard against the likelihood that your stamps will be rejected due to incompatible or counterfeit labels”. Likelihood? Come on, we’re smarter than that. I understand that the software comes free with the printer and there are no monthly fees but I’d rather pay $50 for the software than be ripped off seven cents every time I print a postage stamp. They have a $9.99 a month version where you can use any labels you want, so where’s the concern about the LIKELIHOOD of my stamps being rejected by the post office? Bullshit! I don’t print enough postage to warrant a monthly fee.
So, if you want a great label printer this is it, but if you want to print postage I’d avoid it.