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Retail Scales & Shop Scales

Retail Scales or Shop Scales, as they are sometimes referred to, are digital weighing scales used to calculate a price based on weight.

In many countries, it is a government requirement for the weighing balance to be approved to a standard often called 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, shop scales, OIML approved to name just a few.

To ensure your 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.

There are many varieties of retail scale on the market. Typical applications include checkweighing, parts counting and coin counting features. They can be combined with label printers for issuing receipts on commercial transactions.

Please contact us if you require more details on retail scales, trade approved scales or label printing scale accessories.

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    £136.00  (Ex.VAT)
    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range 3000g to 30kg

    The Raven retail scale facilitates efficient commercial weighing and price computing. Manufactured by Adam Equipment, the Raven comes complete with total price and unit price displays.The Raven is a trade approved scale with EU Type Examination certification.

    Recent customers include community farms and family butchers shops.

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    £136.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £225.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range 3000g to 30kg

    Adam Equipment's AZextra Retail Shop Scale offers exceptional value for money These commercial scales are Trade Approved to Class III, have the black M label and conform to the requirements for trade use, they are also supplied with a certificate of conformity.

    Can be combined with a scoop attachment for selling sweets, coffee beans, produce and other small quantities by weight.

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    £97.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £235.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range 3000g to 15kg

    The Adam Equipment trade-certified WBZ retail scale is ideal for shops with small counter space or facilities specialising in processing, preparing and packaging food. The large backlit display shows weight, price per kg and an oversized total price display. The WBZ features a stainless steel pan and IP66-rated washdown housing for protection against dust and water.

    Recent customers include dairy farms, cosmetics manufacturers and organic food stores.

  4. £287.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £385.00 (Excl.VAT)

    Max Capacity Range 8000g to 120kg

    The Adam Equipment ABK bench scales are solidly built to deliver reliable performance and effortless weighing. Designed for rugged industrial applications, the sleek, stainless steel IP66 indicator with superior sealing protects from dust, ensures longevity.

  5. £696.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £870.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range 30kg to 150kg

    The SC Series of platform washdown scales is the middle level of a three tiered wet area scale selection offered by A&D. Perfect weighing scale for harsh environments and suitable for use in food production and commercial retail warehouses. The SC range of platform scales is fully UK trade approved for selling products by weight.

  6. £448.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £560.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range 30kg to 150kg

    The SE washdown platform scale manufactured by A&D weighing. SE scales feature robust stainless steel platforms ideal for weighing tasks in food production and commercial retail. Affordable and durable scale, suitable for use in any factory or warehouse environment. The SE range of platform scale is fully UK trade certified for selling goods by weight.

  7. £188.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £235.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range 1000g to 30kg

    The SK-WP range of stainless steel scales manufactured by A&D weighing. SW are durable stainless steel scales that can easily fit on small workbenches and worktops in commercial shop environments. Suitable for use in coffee shops, bakeries and other food outlets. SW-WP scales are UK trade certified for selling goods by weight.

  8. £1,412.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £1,765.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range 6000g to 150kg

    The popular SW washdown scale series is a basework, indicator and complete scale range with a protection level of IP-69K. Ideally suited for the harshest environment where even good quality waterproof devices are found wanting. Suitable for regular high pressure hosing and cleaning.

  9. £405.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £530.00 (Excl.VAT)

    Max Capacity Range 3000g to 150kg

    The Kern DS Platform Scale is a multi-functional weighing machine with an IP65 rated display. With its freely programmable weighing units, as e.g. for the length of strings in g/m, density in g/cm³, paper weights in g/m², etc. it can be used excellently for the determination of weight for paper or in the textile industry for the determination of the length of strings.

  10. £350.00  (Ex.VAT)
    Max Capacity Range 15kg to 60kg

    Kern SFE Platform Scales Platform balance with dust and spray protection IP65 and suitable for verification The Kern SFE IP65 Plaform Scales are suitable for the food industry and other damp environments. The indicator is Stainless Steel and the base frame is lacquered steel. Adjustable feet with level indicator making installation fast and simple. Large Digit stainless steel display can be freely positioned around the base or fixed to the wall...

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The M symbol has changed

Green M has changed to black

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.

Q: What are some examples of businesses that need to use an approved scale?

A: Ice cream and frozen yogurt shops that charge by weight are a common example. Selling fruits and vegetables or other foods by weight is common in most markets from giant chain stores to tiny local delis and market stall greengrocers. Shops that sell coffee, tea and spices also can sell by weight, as do farmer’s markets and online shops that sell sweets and other confectionary. Scrap metal dealers also buy and sell by weight.

Q: Is there a penalty for not using a retail scale that is trade approved??

A: 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.

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