Since I couldn’t easily read the bathroom scale’s digital display while holding the larger sized boxes, I switched to my mom’s talking scale and immediately didn’t like that scale either as it announced my weight to the household. So, to make my life easier (and to keep my weight a secret), I bought the Smart Weigh Digital Shipping Postal Scale.
I’ve been using it for 16 months now and feel that it’s been one of my best purchases because not only does it make weighing boxes easier, but also because the unit is still working.
The 8″ by 8″ unit is small, but it does handle Amazon FBA boxes as it’ll weigh up to 110 pounds. This is over double the weight that we’ll ever need as we can’t ship boxes over 50 pounds.
As you can see, the display unit is easy to see. Some scales such as this one from American Weigh has the display unit built into the weighing platform. This makes it hard to see the weight of larger boxes.
Once I’m done with shipping, then I store my scale in a small drawer. As I run mine on battery power (uses two AAA batteries), I don’t have to plug and unplug the unit into an outlet each time I move it. My power cord is still wrapped up in its original packaging as I’ve never used it yet. Hopefully one day, I’ll have a larger space so I can just keep all of my supplies permanently out.
To be honest, I haven’t had any problems with this unit. On Amazon, it’s currently rated 4.6 out of 5 stars. I read a few reviews on Amazon to find negatives about it and one is that it rounds the ounces down. To confirm this, I took out my Perfect Portions food scale and weighed a tomato on both scales:
Then I compared the two measurements:
Since the tomato weighs 6.88 ounces, it would be better if the Smart Weigh scale rounded up to 6.9 ounces instead of rounding down to 6.8 ounces. For me, this rounding issue isn’t a problem as I always round my weight up to the nearest 1/2 or full pound. Also, since I normally get charged for dimensional weight as my box weight is usually too light for my box size, the ounces don’t even make a difference in my shipping charges.
However, if ounces make a difference in what you ship, keep this in mind so that you don’t understate your shipping weight.
On the date of this blog post, the price on Amazon is $28.95 which is the same as what I paid over a year ago. I believe it’s a very fair price but it doesn’t cost enough to qualify for the $35.00 free shipping threshold. So to get the free shipping, you can always stock up on polybags.
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