My notes as I explore various business and financial topics

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Looking for a Good Postal Scale

I am looking for a good postal scale. A quick search on pulled up several models. I was surprised that even the four star rated ones all appear to have a power glitch.

The USPS PS-100 10 lb. Postal Scale 

This scale has a four star rating.  But it has ten 1 or 2 star reviews out of 59.  Common problems include:

  • stops working after a couple months. Ok, that's definitely a deal breaker
  • doesn't turn on sporadically.  One user discovered that warming it up on a sunlight windowsill or using a heating pad helps it turn on???
  • another user commented, "this scale does work occasionally, so I can't say it is COMPLETELY useless, but I had been hoping for one that would work all the time."

I think I'll pass on this one.

Weighmax 2822-75 lb Postal Scale

Another 4 star rated scale. Wow! This one will weigh packages up to 75 lbs!  If you ship large items than this is definitely the one you want.

The down-side is, it tends to bounce around the numbers for light weight items. Not quite as precise for shipping smaller packages.

Just 1 review complaining about a power problem, out of a total of 17 positive  reviews.  Ok, I can live with that.  And the price is right, too!

If you ship a-lot of large items, then the Weighmax is definitely the one for you.

Digital Postal Bench 35 lbs


I think the official name is Digital Postal Shipping Postage Bench Scales 35 lbs???

Other than the overly wordy product name, this scale appears to be a winner. 28 positive customer reviews.  And it can weigh items up to 35 lbs.  Good enough for my foreseeable shipping needs. This is the one I'm getting.

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