Mailing scales.... which one do you have and where did you buy it ?
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I first used a diet food scale then got scared it was not giving the corect weight so purchased a postal scale from the post office. My food scale was right on the weight as it turned out. Think I paid around $30 for the posttal scale from the post office.
Posted at 10:48 pm Aug 27, 2007 EDT
I have a Royal "ex2 Exactascale" digital scale I got several years ago at Sam's Club. I've weighed things at home and then taken them to the post office and it seems pretty accurate. I can't remember the exact price, but I believe I paid under $25 for it. I like it because it's small - only about 5.5 x 7. When I think of the gas I've saved by not having to run to the post office to get something weighed - I think it was a good investment!
Posted at 10:52 pm Aug 27, 2007 EDT
I have a two pound mechanical scale that I bought for about $12 from Office Depot. Part of me wishes I had bought a digital one, but for now, this is okay.
Down the line, I'm going to buy a digital scale/label printer combo, but I can't justify the expense right now.
Posted at 11:03 pm Aug 27, 2007 EDT
I ended up with more than one since I kept finding I needed something else the first one didn't have. Some things to think about: do you need grams or ounces (or both?); is 5 lbs enough (boxes can be heavier than you think and it can be easier to go over 5 lbs); how important is battery run/ac run?; some have a tare option where you can weigh the box, hit tare and the weight goes back to zero, then it just weighs what is in the box (nice if you are trying to weigh a bunch of things). Hope that helps. Got one from ebay and one from stamps.com although I don't recommend them - very difficult to reach someone by phone if you need to.
Posted at 11:48 pm Aug 27, 2007 EDT