FAQ: What is the Difference Between a Label and a Sticker?

The difference between a label and a sticker

Just what is the difference between a label and a sticker? Is there any? Does it even matter? Yes, and yes!  

  • STICKERS are decorative.
  • LABELS convey product information.
  • STICKERS are used as promotional items.
  • LABELS are used for product packaging, shipping, asset identification, barcoding, and more.


Red Fragile label on cardboard box


StartSmart sticker with colorful baby foot background
Savannah Industries barcode label
Team Alpha red sticker with llama
Do Not Remove barcode label on white box
The Label Experts sticker

Click to Contact an actual person about laboratory labelsWhat the difference between a label and a sticker comes down to is if it is being used as decoration or to convey information.

We hope this quick primer on the difference between stickers and labels has cleared things up for you. Still have questions? You can reach out to The Label Experts at any time with questions about labels or stickers!