What is the Difference Between Stickers and Labels?

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Stickers and labels are two types of adhesive-backed paper that are often used for similar purposes. However, there are some key differences between the two.


Stickers are made of a thicker, more durable material than labels and are often coated with a glossy or matte finish. They are designed to be decorative or promotional items and can be used to decorate personal items, such as laptops, water bottles, and notebooks. Stickers can also be used to promote businesses or products.


Labels are made of a thinner, less durable material than stickers and are often uncoated. They have a more utilitarian purpose and are used to identify products or provide information about them. For example, labels can be found on food packaging, clothing labels, and product manuals.

Difference Between Stickers and Labels

Here is a table that summarizes the key differences between stickers and labels:

PurposeDecoration or promotionIdentification or information
MaterialsPaper, vinyl, plasticPaper, plastic
ShapeCan be die-cut into any shapeTypically rectangular or square
DesignCan be printed with any designTypically printed with information about a product or object
Common usesPromoting businesses, products, or events;  decorating personal itemsIdentifying or providing information about products or objects

Examples of stickers:

  • Bumper stickers
  • Laptop stickers
  • Water bottle stickers
  • Notebook stickers
  • Promotional stickers

Examples of labels:

  • Food packaging labels
  • Clothing labels
  • Product manual labels
  • Shipping labels
  • Warning labels

Difference Between Stickers and Labels


Stickers and labels are both adhesive-backed paper products, but they have different purposes. Stickers are typically thicker, more durable, and designed for decoration or promotion. Labels are typically thinner, less durable, and used for identification or information.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind when choosing between stickers and labels:

  • Cost: Stickers are typically more expensive than labels, due to their thicker material and more durable construction.
  • Application: You can apply stickers to a variety of surfaces, including paper, plastic, metal, and glass. But you can apply labels to paper or cardboard surfaces.
  • Removal: Stickers are more difficult to remove than labels, especially if you apply to a porous surface. But you can easily remove labels, leaving behind minimal residue.

Which product is right for you depends on your specific needs. If you are looking for a decorative or promotional item that will last, stickers are a good choice. If you are looking for a way to identify or provide information about a product, labels are a good choice.