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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. Most retail scales have access to a front and rear display for the user and customer, and include built-in PLUs, also known as price look-ups, for quickly recalling 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 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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    £201.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £241.20 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    3000g to 30kg
    Readability Range
    1g to 10g

    Adam Equipment's AZextra trade approved sweet shop scales are perfect for selling pic'n'mix and loose chocolates by weight in chocolatiers and commercial sweet shops. These scales are UK trade approved and come with a confectionary scoop included.

    UK trade approved shop scale for selling confectionary products by weight.

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    £136.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £225.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    3000g to 30kg
    Readability Range
    1g to 10g

    Adam Equipment's AZextra Retail Shop Scale offers exceptional value for money These commercial POS 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.

    UK trade approved shop scale for selling products by weight.

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    £95.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £235.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    3000g to 15kg
    Readability Range
    1g to 5g

    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.

    UK trade approved retail scale for selling products by weight.

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    £136.00  (Ex.VAT)
    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    3000g to 30kg
    Readability Range
    1g to 10g

    The Raven trade approved 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.

    UK trade approved scale for selling products by weight

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    £153.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £170.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    1000g to 30kg
    Readability Range
    1g to 2.05kg

    The SJ-EC is a low-cost, compact bench scale with UK trade approvals, ideally suited to any basic food weighing application where selling by weight is required. Perfect for home catering businesses and professional kitchens.

    UK trade approved scale suitable for selling food products by weight.

  6. £405.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £530.00 (Excl.VAT)

    Max Capacity Range
    3000g to 150kg
    Readability Range
    0.01g to 1g

    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.

  7. £1,412.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £1,765.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    6000g to 150kg
    Readability Range
    0.5g to 50g

    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.

    High-quality waterproof platform scale with UK trade approvals suitable for tough industrial environments.

  8. £188.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £235.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    1000g to 30kg
    Readability Range
    0.5g to 20g

    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.

    Durable, stainless steel scale with UK trade certification. Includes a curved weighing pan perfect for weighing small moveable items securely. Includes standard and trade approved models.

  9. £287.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £385.00 (Excl.VAT)

    Max Capacity Range
    8000g to 120kg
    Readability Range
    0.2g to 5g

    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.

  10. £350.00  (Ex.VAT)
    Max Capacity Range
    15kg to 60kg
    Readability Range
    5g to 20g

    Kern SFE Platform Scales with IP65 rated dust and spray protection are ideal 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. EC M Class III Approved is possible on all models please add the verification cost from the accessories when ordering.

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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?

  • Ice cream and frozen yogurt shops selling tubs commercially with a specified weight limit.
  • Greengrocers, supermarkets and farmer's market stalls for selling fruits and vegetables by weight.
  • Delis, fishmongers and butchers shops for selling meat in pounds, grams or kilos.
  • Coffee shops and tearooms that sell coffee beans, tea and spices per scoop or in packets specifying a weight.
  • Cosmetics manufacturers use retail scales with trade approvals for ensuring that packaged creams, gels, soaps and perfumes meet the weight limit specified on the product label. The 'e' symbol next to the weight value ensures the customers that the product is not under or over the specified weight.
  • Confectionary stores and chocolatiers that sell sweets and other confectionary in packets, or shops that have a pick'n'mix counter.
  • Laundries use trade approved retail checkweighing scales for selling bundles of wet and dry laundry by weight.
  • Scrap metal dealers also use scales to buy and sell by weight.

Q: Are there penalties 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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