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Gattamalata Inactive Member25 Aug 2014 6:34 p.m. PST

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Sturmpioneer Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Aug 2014 7:10 p.m. PST

If you are concerned about accuracy you can get a postal scale at Staples for example. Bit more pricey than a kitchen scale but it is designed for postal level of accuracy.

napthyme Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Aug 2014 7:21 p.m. PST

I use a similar scale, should work just fine unless you get something to heavy to weight on it. Was one reason why I upgraded to the 50 LB scale. I still use my 5 LB scale at times to do miniatures, so I do not have to keep jumping up and running into the other room.

Gattamalata Inactive Member25 Aug 2014 9:00 p.m. PST

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Gattamalata Inactive Member25 Aug 2014 9:02 p.m. PST

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Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP26 Aug 2014 4:48 a.m. PST

If you are worried about accuracy, calibrate it with things of known weight.

GenWinter26 Aug 2014 11:43 a.m. PST

For some reason, estate sales are a great source of postal scales (usually analog but some digital). I use a kitchen scale for anything under a pound and a postal scale that I bought for $2 USD at an estate sale for anything over one pound. Neither have failed me yet in over 600 items sold on ebay in the last few years. Yes, cleaning out the old collection of books, games and figures takes time.

napthyme Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Aug 2014 11:44 a.m. PST

The link you posted says its accurate within an 1/8 of an ounce. The one I use is only slightly better at 1/10 ounce. Everything the post office does is by the ounce anyway, so if its 0.8 or 0.9 just round up to be safe.

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP26 Aug 2014 1:42 p.m. PST

I use these. They seem to work pretty well…..

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CorSecEng Inactive Member26 Aug 2014 4:33 p.m. PST

If I'm doing it on the fly then I pull up the postage price scales for the country and only round up if it is close to one of the transition lines. I ship so much now I can almost do it in my head. However for the most part I use stamps.com with my scale that came from them.

Mako11 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member26 Aug 2014 4:47 p.m. PST

Both should be fine.

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