Test labels are a great way to see what a USPS label will look like when you print it, without having to purchase the postage required for a valid label. Currently, you can create test labels when using either Stamps.com or Express 1 as your postage provider.
- UPS and FedEx do not support the creation of test labels since you are invoiced for labels only when they are used.
- In order to create a USPS test label, you will need to have a balance on your postage provider account. Check this balance (and add funds if necessary) by going to Settings > Shipping > Carriers & Fulfillment.
When you create a test label, it will use the shipping settings you set for that order, but it won't do anything to that order. This means the marketplace and/or customer will not be notified, you will not be charged for the label, nor will the order be marked as shipped or a shipment record created.
Create a Test Label
1. Go to the Orders tab in the toolbar.
2. Choose an Order Status (Awaiting Payment, On Hold, Awaiting Shipment, etc.) from the left-hand sidebar.
3. Select one of your orders and click Order #.
4. Click the Create Label button in the Order Details pop-up, and make sure it has the correct carrier, method, and rate.
5. Check the box next to Create a test label, and then click Create Label.
6. Select how you will print the test label from the Print Labels pop-up.
The label will look just like a real shipment but with the word Sample across it.
Just remember that the order has not been altered, so you will need to create a "real" shipment when you are ready to ship that order.
NOTE: Currently, test labels are supported only in US-based accounts and with USPS labels.