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Subject: question on type of scales for shipping
Date Posted: 1/23/2010 4:12 PM ET
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I  have seen many postings here about mailing the books on personal scales.  I was wondering if there was any type that is the best.  Amazon naturally has several different ones and so am open to suggestions of ones used here that is liked. 

I figure that I don't need one that will tell me the exact amount of postage.  Postage prices change so I will just get a printout from online to keep it up to date.



Date Posted: 1/23/2010 4:43 PM ET
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   I have the WeighMax hubby got it for me and I love it, you can weigh up to 75lbs on it. It is light weight runs on batteries and I think it was around 20.00


mine does not tell postage just the weight



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Date Posted: 1/23/2010 4:43 PM ET
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I bought my scale on E-bay.  It came from a seller in Hong Kong and was very reasonably priced.  It works just great and got to me really quickly considering where it came from. 

Buying on E-bay isn't too scary.  Just make sure you buy from a seller with a good feedback score and don't pay 1 cent for the item and $20.00 shipping.  That will mean if there's something wrong with the item, they will only have to refund you 1 cent since shipping is generally not refundable.

Also, if you do buy on E-bay, check out kitchen scales also, not just postal scales.  A kitchen scale will work the same as a postal scale and for some reason they usually cost less.

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Date Posted: 1/23/2010 5:42 PM ET
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Any scale will work as long as it shows you weights in ounces. I have a Royal ex2 exacta scales that I have had for years, never any problems, and I think my hubby bought them inexpensively at Office Max, Office Depot -- one of those places. It only goes up to maybe 5 lbs but for postage that is more than enough, since anything over 13 oz. I am going to be mailing from the post office anyway, The main thing for me is that it is super accurate -- always right on the money.

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 5:53 PM ET
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Mine weighs up to 55 pounds. I got it on ebay brand new for less than 20 dollars including shipping. There is a seller on there called justpoundsandounces that always has alot of scales for sale.

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 6:22 PM ET
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I use a kitchen scale that only goes to like 4 lbs, but since I usually send books weighing less than 1 lb it works. :)

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 6:28 PM ET
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I used a digital kitchen scale I bought 10 years ago at Walmart for about $18. If I have anything more than 4 or 5 pounds I weight it on the bathroom scale and I take all the big packages to the PO counter to mail anyway.

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 6:30 PM ET
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Thanks, I will check them all out.  I have the Prime with Amazon where I don't pay shipping.  I pay $89 for a year.  It is worth it, I saved around $50 last year, well, year before last with it.  This year it may be more, with some of the items I bought at Christmas.  But I will check out ebay also.

I'll look up the brands and review them. 


Date Posted: 1/24/2010 2:10 AM ET
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Date Posted: 1/24/2010 2:51 AM ET
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Like Tammy, I got my scale from justpoundsandounces off of ebay.  Works great.  Mine weighs up to 75lbs--which comes in handy when my husband wants to make sure our luggage isn't overwheight when we're flying somewhere!  It also is accurate to 2 tenths of an ounce--which is important when weighing books for mailing!

Date Posted: 1/24/2010 9:36 AM ET
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Hi Janette,

I have an Ultraship scale. It weighs up to 55lbs which is good when mailing heavier boxes at Christmas time. The best feature is that the digital readout can be stretched away from the machine if you have an oversized box. That way you can still read it while the box is on the scale. You can find it on Ebay or Amazon between $20 - $30.


Date Posted: 1/24/2010 7:37 PM ET
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Thanks eveyone for the input.  I am checking out all the types and figuring out what is best for all of my needs.  I hadn't thought about larger packages, such as Christmas and birthday presents for grandkids.