I promised in the comments of A Label Maker For The Shop that I’d write a Dealmonger post next time the Brother P-Touch went on sale. That day came this last Sunday — Office Max discounted the Brother PT-80 to $15, 50% off the retail price. They list this deal both in their weekly circular and on their website.
The labeler comes with a starter tape that’s labeled several of my multi-drawer storage units, a file drawer full of file folders, and all the wires behind one of my computers. The last replacement tape I bought cost $12 — that was walking into the store without any bargain hunting.
The PT-80 features the familiar qwerty keyboard. You can’t touch-type on it, but it’s a heck of a lot easier to type a label on this keyboard than on a labeler with some non-standard layout. A 12-character LCD scrolls to display everything you’ve typed. You can choose from six type sizes and nine type styles in the label maker’s only font, and you can print the label on either Brother’s 3/8″ or 1/2″ wide “M” tape in a variety of different background and text colors.
The feature set of this device is limited compared to more expensive labelers, but do you really need a ton of features for a shop label maker? I’ve never used anything but the default settings.
This deal ends Saturday, May 24th, 2008.