How do I Choose the Best Pre-Inked Rubber Stamps?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

Choosing the best pre-inked rubber stamps means choosing stamps that will be useful on a regular basis and for a long period of time. This means choosing stamps that include important pieces of information or symbols. Common pre-inked rubber stamps print words such as "Confidential" or "Urgent" and are used routinely to categorize documents. It is also common for people to invest in pre-inked rubber stamps that print their addresses or their business logos. It is quite important to make sure that these stamps will last for a long time and that their ink can either be replaced or replenished when it begins to run out.

Businesswoman talking on a mobile phone
Businesswoman talking on a mobile phone

Be sure to consider when the stamps will be used and how frequently they will be used before making a purchase. Also, if the stamp includes important identifying information such as an address, be sure to check and re-check that the information is accurate before ordering the stamp. Companies rarely give refunds on custom stamps if the buyer made an error when entering the information.

In some cases, it makes the most sense to choose pre-inked rubber stamps that include moving pieces so that the printed information can be altered as needed. This is especially true for stamps that are used to enter dates. These kinds of pre-inked rubber stamps have small wheels that allow users to adjust the date and the month. In some cases, these stamps also include an adjustable section for the year. This kind of stamp is very useful in offices where numerous documents must be dated and processed.

Before purchasing a pre-inked rubber stamp, make sure that the part of the device that delivers the ink to the face of the stamp can be replaced or refilled. If it is not possible to do this, then the stamps will probably be rendered useless far too soon. In some cases, the ink pad can be replaced and in others the pad can be re-saturated using a small bottle of ink.

Finally, consider the quality of the prints for which that the stamp will be used. If this is a signature stamp, then the quality should be rather high so that the signature is transferred properly. In this case, be sure to use a stamp-making company able to create such high-quality stamps. Pre-inked rubber stamps that are just meant for organizing internal documents, on the other hand, can generally be of lower quality.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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