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Hard to Find Dymo/Herlitz Embosser

Like many who find battery dependent PDA becomes obsolete and turn back to analog pen/paper, I turned back to use embossers for their simplicity to label things instead of using laser printer and sticker labels .... with a vengence. I borrowed an Epson thermal labeler and found that no more tapes were available in the market. Then I turned to Dymo's Letra Tag labeler which also uses thermal technology. However like most thermal fax paper, the label turns yellow or print quality decays after 6 months of exposure to typical home use.

Dymo Tapes Old vs. New

Dymo Tapes Old vs. New

Brother P-touch is another popular labeler but it is also based on same thermal transfer technology, so I decided not to try. Electronic labelers do give you flexibility to use different font/size/language but all I need is a simple English labeler which can create long lasting and durable tapes. So I went out to find a Dymo embosser. To my surprise, it becomes difficult to find and the models offered is mostly for students: Label Buddy, Label Blaster, Cool Clicks. The Organizer Xpress which includes the "@" sign is always out of stock. Anyway, I just want an embosser in black.

Hard to Find Dymo/Herlitz Embosser

Hard to Find Dymo/Herlitz Embosser

Turned out I found that only Dymo Japan still sells an old but very useful model M-1585 which gives you the option to change between English/alphabet, Hirangana and Katakana dials. I bought a black one in my trip to Tokyo last week. Interestingly I found a smaller size embosser from Herlitz in a store called Free Design near Kichijoji Station (吉祥寺駅) which allows you to use standard Dymo tapes. It is more compact and good for my travel use.

Dymo DM1001 Metal Tape Embosser

Dymo DM1001 Metal Tape Embosser

Other than "Personal" and "Standard" versions, Dymo Japan also has this amazing "Professional" metal tape embosser DM1001 which is sold between 38,400 yen and 50,400 yen in Japan. I hope to be able to touch it somehow, owning it is just too much for me.

 

I hate devices which depends on battery or charging adaptors, I don't think it is wise to create all digital or power dependent devices. All of these devices will fail in 5 years when renewed technology makes them obsolete. Look at all analog stuffs, they survive hundreds of years and many still works.

 

Side note: Polaroid abandoned film photography and donated all their related corporate archives to Harvard Business School, instead of leveraging their strongest imaging core competence, switched to LCD screen and digital camera production. I personally cannot find a Polaroid digital camera or LCD screen commonly available in the market, it's a long way to go for them and I can't say they won't succeed but they have certainly lost their unique positioning in consumer market.

 

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Taken on September 8, 2007