This guide will show how useful a set of digital scales can be for online sellers and how to use and care for your scales.
Digital Scales - What they can be used for.
There are many uses for the different types of Digital Scales available. Here I will list them based on the type of scale.
Tabletop Parcel Scales - These really speak for themselves. You can weigh your products to calculate your postage costs.
Buyers really like to know the postal costs upfront and can be put off
if the postage costs will be calculated after the auction closes.
With a set of postal scales you can let them know the costs right from
the start. When it's an item such as a delicate piece of
porcelain it can be more difficult to give an exact price as you may
not know exactly how much extra wrapping and padding you will need to
keep it safe in transit. That said you can still give the
customer an estimate based on the weight of the item itself. You
want your buyer to have an easy a pleasant buying experience from start
to finish, not them dropping on the floor when after the auction is
closed the cost of shipping is twice the cost of the item.
Digital Pocket Scales - There
is a lot of uses for these types of scales and you will find a variety
of styles on the market. I will break it down into the types of
goods that these are useful for.
Jewellery Sellers. When
selling jewellery, especially gold ideally you want to let the buyer
know the weight of the chain, bracelet etc. A picture of a chain
can be quite deceiving and if taken close up can look heavier than it
actually is. Having a combination of weight and dimensions will
give the buyer less opportunity to say you were being misleading in
your auction and that it looked bigger or heavier in the picture.
Gemstone sellers can also use scales to let buyers know the carat of
the stone they have for sale. Again this avoids any confusion
over the size an item appears in the picture. We used to sell
jewellery on eBay and in the early days the #1 question we got was "how
much does it weigh". We soon started including the weight in all
the auctions and saved ourselves a lot of time.
Bead and craft sellers.
There are 2 ways a bead seller can take advantage of a set of Digital
Scales. They can sell multiple beads either by weight or by the
number of items. If they sell by number of beads in the packet
then they can use the counting function (not all pocket scales have
this function). This makes life much easier than manually
counting the beads when there needs to be 200 in a pack.
Herb and supplement Sellers.
Again this is a popular use of Digital Scales. It allows you to
bag your herbs etc and state an exact weight. Digital Scales are
normally accurate to 0.1 grams or if you need greater accuracy even up
There are other uses and different markets where the scales are a
useful tool. You could even use it to get an edge over a
competitor and make you auction more appealing. If you sell herbs
or gold chains show them on the scale. This should increase buyer
confidence that they will be getting what they paid for and it looks
Digital Scales - Taking care of you scales and using them properly.
Scales perform badly when they are cold. If the scale
temperature is below 65 degrees Fahrenheit, it will perform slowly and
somewhat inaccurately. Scales like warmth. However, do not operate at
temperatures above 85 degrees Fahrenheit or they will again be somewhat
inaccurate. Please only operate and display scales at normal room
temperature of 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. If a scale is cold or hot,
allow it to adjust to normal room temperature for 12 hours if possible
(this sounds drastic but a load cell /sensor is like a metal sponge. It
takes many hours for the temperature of the entire load cell to adjust.
When a scale is cold it can and will "drift". This is when a scale
starts increasing or decreasing its displayed number (0.1g, 0.2g,0.3g,
Low Batteries are the #1 cause of scale malfunction and
inaccuracy! We test all of our scale returns from consumers.
Fully 60% of consumer returns are simply dead or low batteries. This
sounds silly but its true! A scale will perform slowly, or read
inaccurately when it has low batteries. Please replace the batteries
often (and only use good quality batteries). We include good quality
batteries with all of our scales but batteries can run low in storage.
An unstable surface equals an unstable scale. All scales need a
perfectly flat stable surface to read and weigh accurately. The hum of
a light bulb will affect scale accuracy. This is especially important
when you are calibrating. If you calibrate the scale in an unstable
environment, it will always be unstable, even when you remove it from
the unstable environment.
We hope you understand the importance of calibrating and operating in a
stable, vibration and interference free environment. We just cant
stress it enough. Any scale you use, regardless of brand, will perform
best on a stable surface. Scales are strongly affected by
magnetic fields. So, do not operate or use a scale near any electronic
device such as a computer, monitor, radio, or cell phone. Did you see
the Barbara Walters special on how cell phones emit radiation? That
radiation will also affect the accuracy of your scale. It sounds crazy
but its very true.
HERE IS A TEST: Turn on your scale and place a weight on it. Then call
a friend on your cell phone and hold the phone near the scale. The
display on the scale will change dramatically as it picks up the radio
signal from your phone. This happens to every brand electronic scale to
different degrees depending on design. Scales will pick up this
interference from up to 15 feet away! Do not operate a cell or cordless
phone within 10 feet of an in-use scale.
Overload is the #1 cause of Fatal scale errors. Scales are only
designed to weigh up to their maximum capacity. For instance, the point
scale 150 is designed to weigh up to 150 grams. If you put 500 grams on
the scale even once, you can crush or deform the load cell and cause
fatal damage to the scale. Be careful! do not put a scale in your back
pocket, even the hard case scales. Your large behind will always crush
the load cell and destroy the scale. Then you will contact the company
that sold the scale and say, "I do not know what happened, and it just
broke". Please never overload a scale. The supplier knows when a scale
has been overloaded as they have an internal number which can be
displayed on screen. There is not a single scale in existence
that cannot be destroyed by overload. Some scales have good
overload protection but none are invulnerable.
Mishandling is the #2 cause of fatal scale errors. If you drop or
otherwise mishandle your scale, it can cause a fatal problem. For
example, we spoke to a jeweller who put his scale in his empty
briefcase, then checked his briefcase as baggage on a flight, and
arrived at his destination to find the scale broken. Obviously, the
cause of this was the scale got banged around in his briefcase. Scales
are precise instruments. They are not calculators or cell phones. They
have delicate sensors that can easily be damaged by mishandling.
OK.....that's the lecture over you can stop yawning now.
I hope you find this article useful...happy eBaying.
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