What is a retail scale?
Retail scales are digital weighing scales used to calculate a price based on weight. Most retail scales have a front and rear display for the user and customer, and offer internal memory for PLUs (price look-ups) allowing quick recall of the price of your most popular products based on the product's weight.
In many countries, it is a government requirement for a retail scale to be trade approved. In the UK and across the European Community, it is a legal requirement for anyone selling goods by weight to ensure the weighing scales they are using are trade approved. Trade approved scales are often labelled as trade stamped, trade approved, CE stamped, verified, class III approved or OIML approved.
Are there penalties for not using a retail scale that is trade approved?
It depends on the local law. In many countries it is illegal for anyone selling goods by weight to use a non-approved scale. From a legal point of view you could get inspected and lose your scale or be forbidden from using it, resulting in a loss of money and an inability to continue doing business. In addition, you may be fined, and sometimes even be jailed.
Aside from legal reasons, your customers may mistrust you, believing you could be trying to cheat them out of their money. Word of mouth could spread that you are not using compliant scales, causing people to avoid your business.
Take a look at our range of trade approved scales.
The M symbol has changed
The M-mark and sticker that identifies scales as being verified as 'use for trade' has been changed from green to black. Some older stickers may also show a black M on a green background.
Buy retail scales from Inscale Scales
Our range of shop scales and retail scales offer a quick, simple weighing experience for use in stores, zero waste shops, markets and food wholesalers. These products are tried and trusted by businesses all across the UK to deliver accurate results for both users and customers alike. Our retail scales are trade approved and so conform to UK law to be legally used to sell products based on weight.
It's important to no note that to ensure your trade approved retail weighing scale is correct or fit for purpose, your weighing scale must have a sticker with the letter "M" in black on it, a pale blue sticker with an identification number of the verifier (the person who has tested the accuracy) and a CE mark. Also ensure that all seals on the balance are intact.