kitchen scale vs. postage scale
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I'm starting to look into buying a postage scale & just wonder which would be better - a real postage scale or a kitchen scale. Do you have any recommendations? Got one you love or hate? Any special features I should look for? I don't want to spend a ton of money on it, but I don't want to buy junk that will soon need to be replaced either.
Thanks for your input.
Posted at 7:49 pm Jan 2, 2012 EST
I would recommend digital and it should read at least to the 1/10 of an ounce so you don't overpay postage. Also, make sure it goes high enough for you! (Mine only goes up to 2-1/2 lbs and that might not be enough for some heavier products.)
Posted at 8:00 pm Jan 2, 2012 EST
You don't need to worry about 1/10th of an oz if your just using for shipping. Postage is only broken down by oz increments, and so if your between 1 and 2 oz, the post office just rounds up to 2 oz. Not sure if it's any different out of the US.
I have this one: www.amazon.com/Salter-3003-Aquatronic-Electronic-Kitchen/dp/B000698...
It does both oz & grams, which grams are a must if you do any sort of baking with flour (seriously, use weights instead of measurements for all flour baking, it's how professionals do it)
Posted at 8:10 pm Jan 2, 2012 EST
Can I ask a question about these scales? When you weigh something on a digital postal scale and it tells you, for example, 2.4 oz, how do you know how much money it will cost? Do you go to PayPal shipping and enter how much it weighs, and it'll figure it out for you and print your label?
Posted at 10:18 pm Jan 2, 2012 EST