My wife does a lot of USPS shipping via PayPal for her jewelry business. She has been printing the labels on 8.5 x 11 on our laser printer, but to not waste labels, she would print the labels to PDF, put them in Word, crop them and print 2 to a page. This, of course, takes a lot of time. Things got even worse when she runs out of labels; she cuts out the label and tapes it to the shipping envelope.
I decided to look for a better solution and decided to get her a DYMO LabelWriter 4XL. The printer prints 4×6 labels. Unfortunately, PayPal’s Mac support for this printer is non-existent. After a lot of research, I came across an article that explained how to get PayPal to print to the printer. I started following the instructions, but had trouble installing CUPS-PDF on my wife’s Leopard machine. After I managed to get it installed and running (I finally found an older version), I was testing it and found a much simpler solution.
Here’s the quick and easy way to print shipping labels on the LabelWriter 4XL printer using a Mac.
- Install the DYMO drivers (make sure you grab them from the DYMO Web site as DYMO using strange numbering and version 8.2 isn’t the same as 8.2; the latest version is 22.214.171.1242. I had an 8.2 version that was earlier and didn’t support the 4XL.
- Set PayPal to print labels to a laser printer or inkjet printer. From the PayPal home page, click Profile. Click Shipping Preferences. Click Edit Printer Settings. Select Laser/Ink Jet Printer. Click Save.
- Print the label by clicking Print Label on the Print Postage Page.
- When you goto print, create a custom paper size called 4×6. However, configure it a little bigger than 4×6.
- Setup the printer to be landscape, print page 1 to 1 (sometimes there is a second page).
- Click Print.
The screenshots were taking on Snow Leopard, so Leopard is a little different. However, that’s the jist of how to “easily” print shipping labels from PayPal. Granted there are a few steps involved, but this sure is easier than taking the labels into word, cropping them, printing them and then cutting them out. This seems quite simple, so I’m not sure why no one else figured this out with other 4×6 printers. Granted the LabelWriter 4XL is a new printer, but there are other printers like it.
I hope this helps someone.