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Subject: Which Postal Scale Do You Use?
Date Posted: 8/21/2011 9:58 AM ET
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Hello all-

I have been trying to buy printable postage off of PBS for about two months and I am starting to think that the weights that are given are wayyy off.  I know I have been wasting money on my postage by always adding more weight than I know the book weighs so it will not be underweight, which is wasting me money. I am looking to purchase a scale.  I was wondering which postal scale yall have found and liked. I have heard of people using food/kitchen scales. Could that be a possible option? I am trying to keep the price under 30 dollars if possible.

Thanks, Mckenna

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Date Posted: 8/21/2011 11:09 AM ET
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I use a digital food scale I got on sale at Bed Bath and Beyond for about $20 and it works great.  It is the Sharper Image one that is currently listed at $29.99 but if you use their coupons and wait for a sale you can get it cheaper.

Date Posted: 8/21/2011 11:43 AM ET
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I use a food scale for my books.  It's accurate.  It weighs up to 11 pounds in units of 1/8 ounce and 2 grams.  It's made by Salter.


I also find it's handy to weigh ingredients instead of measure them.

Date Posted: 8/21/2011 12:06 PM ET
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I have a Royal ex2 postal scale, but any scale that weighs things in one ounce increments will do -- doesn't have to be fancy! Using PBS postage without having a scale is like burning money -- you will pay for the scale in the savings of accurate postage!

Date Posted: 8/21/2011 12:31 PM ET
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I have a Pelouze digital scale bought at Staples some years back when I was selling books at half.com - it was a bit pricey for the time but it's incredibly accurate and I never regretted buying it.

I've had numerous scales through the years, none as accurate as this one. I use it for books as well as weighing food. There are many excellent scales out there now.



Date Posted: 8/21/2011 12:47 PM ET
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I bought a scale off of ebay a couple of years back.  It was less than $20 and weighs up to 50 lbs.

Any kind of scale will work as long as it accurately weighs.  I have a small food scale for stuff under 1 lb.  That was like $5.

Date Posted: 8/21/2011 12:53 PM ET
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I also got mine from eBay about 10 years ago. It's a little digital postal/food scale with a lithium battery that is still going strong after a decade of near-daily use. Best 25 bucks I ever spent

Date Posted: 8/21/2011 1:25 PM ET
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I use an Ultraship I got on eBay.  It has the pull-out front so that you can see what the weight is even if you are weiging a big thing on the (relatively) small sale.

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Date Posted: 8/21/2011 2:38 PM ET
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This one

Date Posted: 8/21/2011 4:14 PM ET
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I have a digital food scale I bt at Walmart years ago. Any digital scale should be just fine.

Date Posted: 8/21/2011 5:20 PM ET
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Bought it from the kiosk here four or five years ago.  It works well.


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Date Posted: 8/21/2011 6:33 PM ET
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I have the same as Sally uses.  Works well. Pat

Subject: Postal scale
Date Posted: 8/21/2011 6:33 PM ET
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I bought one at walmart a bunch of years ago that looks just like the one above me-but I think that one weighs to 5 lbs? It was around $20

Date Posted: 8/22/2011 9:55 AM ET
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I have one from Escali I got years ago for making soap. Mine was about 50 bucks but you can find them cheaper on eBay sometimes. Escali also makes other models that are cheaper too. I love all their scales. They're accurate and last a long time. Mine weighs pounds, ounces, grams, and kilograms, has a tare feature I use constantly when making soap, a hold feature that comes in handy for mailing large packages, and runs on battery or A/C power. It's going on 8 years now of at least weekly use.
Date Posted: 8/22/2011 2:21 PM ET
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I bought one like hrooster posted off of e-bay awhile back.  Works very well.

Date Posted: 8/22/2011 8:22 PM ET
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Thanks so much....I think I am going to try the food scale and see how that works out