Different Types of Home Parcel Scales

Have you ever stopped to think about how much postage and packaging is costing you? This article will discuss the efficient and inexpensive ways to ensure you’re paying no more than what’s required, with help from home parcel scales. For more information about the different types of home parcel scales and making your home business efficient, read on.

What is a Parcel Scale?

Parcel scales are designed to pick up on the slightest item that’s placed onto them which means that they’re very sensitive – making them an ideal judge when it comes to your postage costs and overall rates. 

Well-established companies will have their own postal scale inside the office to save on time and to ensure quick shipments.

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The most cost-effective and easiest scale to use when weighing post at home would be a mechanical scale. This type of analogue scale is similar to the ones you use to weigh yourself or ingredients when cooking in the kitchen and uses a needle to display the weight of your letter or parcel.

Mechanical Postal Scales

The most cost-effective and easiest scale to use when weighing post at home would be a mechanical scale. This type of analogue scale is similar to the ones you use to weigh yourself or ingredients when cooking in the kitchen and uses a needle to display the weight of your letter or parcel.

Once you’ve weighed your item on your mechanical postal scale you will then be able to accurately calculate how much it will cost to transport the item to your customer. The weight is then displayed by the scale needle – you can then multiply the weight of the letter or parcel by the price per ounce that’s incurred with your chosen delivery method.

Whilst mechanical scales are cheaper, there are a couple of things you should know before purchasing this over a digital home postal scale.

Mechanical scales have internal springs which allow the scales to come up with a weight reading and over time, these springs can become worn and stretched, leading to inaccurate readings over a long period of time. To ensure that they’re in a good condition, it’s important to check up on the scales weekly or monthly, depending on your usage, to ensure it’s still providing you with accurate readings. You can do this by using an item you already know the weight of and measuring it that way.

Mechanicals scales only offer you the weight of the item, not the shipping costs associated, so you will have to do the working out when it comes to calculating the postage of the item.

Digital Postal Scales

a more expensive alternative that can be linked to the internet. After weighing an item with digital scales, it will be able to calculate the price of shipping too, as it will refer to your local post office shipping rate information. There are also all-in-one digital postal scales that print out the shipping label for you.

Digital scales can be easily calibrated, which means you needn’t worry about having worn-out parts that cause the scales to become inaccurate. The accuracy of digital scales lasts a lot longer than mechanical scales – meaning that replacement scales will be very few and far between.

There are many benefits that come with owning a postal scale, as not only does it save time but money, too. To make your business just that bit more efficient it’s worth investing in postal scales to ensure you’re never overpaying or underpaying for postage. 

For more information about home parcel scales or scales of any shape, size or capacity, contact Weightron.