Thermal label printers give a real productivity boost if you ship more than 10 parcels a day. Thermal printers provide an easy to use peel-and-stick label that goes on just about any parcel (and express letter). Click here to see what a thermal label looks like.
In many cases the shipping carrier will provide the label stock at no charge, so the only real hurdle is getting the label printer itself. Several models of printer are supported, including these:
Zebra ZP-450, ZP-500, ZP-550
Eltron / Zebra Orion
LP2844 (via parallel port and USB)
2844 (via parallel port and USB)
And similar 200 dpi EPL based printers.
And similar 200 dpi ZPL based printers.
Note: eBay is a good source for a used thermal printer for a reasonable price (often under $100).
It is not supported to attach a thermal printer to a serial port.
Next: Installing a thermal printer.