Label vs. Sticker, What is the difference?

The Difference Between a Label and a Sticker

Labels vs Stickers

It becomes a little confusing which is which. The dictionary definition for a label is “a small piece of paper, fabric, plastic, or similar material attached to an object and giving information about it”.  While the definition for a sticker is “an adhesive label or notice, generally printed or illustrated”.

Using these definitions, it’s not very clear what the differences are between labels and stickers.

We define label as…

We define labels as mainly going on products. They help brand what you’re selling. A label can go on a product you purchase such as a bottle or a jar. Labels are used to warn people before they perform an action. Warning labels such as “Stop, Contents HOT!” are incredibly helpful. Labels can tell you the difference between two products “10W-40 vs. 5W-20”. There are your basic labels and there are more complex versions built for extended content. Some labels are printed both sides, some you can piggyback a label to another label. You can use labels as reminders to have your oil changed. The uses of labels are broad but definable.

We define sticker as…

We define stickers mainly used as promotional. Use stickers to market your brand to the world. Everyone loves stickers because they are fun to use, they can go just about anywhere and there’s no rules to how you can use your stickers. They can go on cups, your laptop, your cooler, your car or just about anywhere you can think of. Stickers can also come in many different constructions from changing the material to changing the inks.

Who can help me decide what I need, stickers or labels?

Here at Comgraphx we’ve been producing both labels and stickers for well over 45 years. One of our first questions for you as a customer will be… How do you want to use this product? We will use the answer to that question as a starting point and help you build the correct product for your needs. Labels vs Stickers will be clearly defined as we work together and build your product.

You say potato, I say potato.

To sum up, it doesn’t matter what you call it, labels or stickers. It is just a terminology that we can work through. The important thing is, working with people that know stickers and know labels, and can get you the right product. That is the key. As a starting point check out the two .pdf files attached to this blog. Each one has examples of the difference between a label and a sticker. It’s a great place to start.

Stickers  vs    Labels