Proper Previous Preparation Prevents Poor Price Gun Performance

When you’re in the middle of pricing hundreds of items on the shelves of your store, the last thing you want to worry about is a sudden problem with your price gun. Here is a quick list of tips to help prevent issues from developing while you use your price gun.


  • Use branded labels rather than imitations. Imitation labels use lower quality adhesives and backing paper that may gum up or jam the tool.
  • Be sure to read the directions of how to load the labels properly.


  • While some price guns will align automatically, older ones may need to be manually aligned. Before you start pricing, make sure the printed text is in the proper place, and if it’s not, adjust it.  The various models differ in exactly where the manual adjustment is located.  Please refer to your user manual.

Ink Rollers

  • Some ink rollers fasten directly into the gun while others are held in place with an extra piece that snaps into the price gun. If your tool has such a piece, DO NOT throw it away when you are changing ink rollers.
  • Unless you don’t mind large ink stains on your fingers, wear gloves when changing ink rollers. Also, don’t let the new or used ink rollers touch anything.
  • When your ink begins to fade, you should replace the ink roller immediately. Rollers are usually good for up to 20,000 impressions, but this will also depend on the model.
  • Use price guns consistently for the best results. When they are left for long periods of time unused, the ink will dry out and only produce a faded impression.
  • Do not try to re-ink a spent roller. Replace it, instead.

Print Bands

  • Clean the print bands with a soft brush. Using solvents will melt the bands.
  • If a print band is broken, it should be professionally repaired.