I know it seems like a silly discussion, but the question of “Should I call them labels or stickers?” does come up quite often.
To be exact, the technical definitions are as follows:
When we talk about a sticker we think of labels that are advertising a product (but not attached to the product itself) or have some sort of art or design, like the label below.
A Label on the other hand is a more general term that we use when it is attached to an item or its packaging. We also use the term label when referring to a racking location label rather than calling it a sticker.
Does it really matter? Not really, as long as no one gets confused by the terminology.
For the most part, Labels or Stickers are made of some sort of a material with an adhesive on the back.
Additional terms we use that come into play and add to the confusion are:
- Tag – A label without adhesive
- Decal – Printed material that can be transferred to another object. i.e. water based tattoo.