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Retail Scales & Shop Scales

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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 (price look ups), 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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    £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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    From: £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. View our case study on how zero-waste company "Bare + Fair" uses the AZextra.

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    From: £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 confectionery scoop included.

    UK trade approved shop scale for selling confectionery 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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    From: £153.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £170.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    1000g to 30kg
    Readability Range
    1g to 50g

    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, coffee shops and professional kitchens.

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

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    RRP £2,365.00 (Excl.VAT)

    Max Capacity Range
    30kg to 100kg
    Readability Range
    0.1g to 1g

    GP industrial precision balances are perfect for industrial laboratories, combining levels of precision found in top-grade precision balances with a durable aluminium and corrosion-proof stainless steel construction for withstanding harsh industrial warehouse and testing environments. Ideal for working with products that produce spills or debris.

  7. From: £1,540.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £1,925.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    12kg to 102kg
    Readability Range
    0.1g to 1g

    GP industrial trade approved precision balances come with IP65-rated casing for significant water and dustproof protection. Trade approved models of the GP have been fully UK certified for weighing goods that may be bought, sold or traded by weight.

  8. From: £236.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £295.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    30kg to 150kg
    Readability Range
    2g to 10g

    A&D's FG bench platform scale offers exceptional value and is suitable for both bench or floor mount. Highly-efficient platform scale for postal and parcel weighing in distribution and warehouse environments. Trade approved models available.

    Great value UK trade approved platform bench scale ideal for carrying out warehouse parts counting and checkweighing.

  9. From: £448.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £560.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    30kg to 150kg
    Readability Range
    5g to 20g

    A&D's SE waterproof scales feature epoxy-treated load cells and robust stainless steel platforms ideal for withstanding rigorous weighing applications in food production factories and commercial retail warehouses. The SE range of platform scales are fully UK trade certified for selling goods by weight.

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    RRP £235.00 (Excl.VAT)

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

    A&D's SK-WP are constructed from waterproof stainless steel and can easily fit on small workbenches and worktops in commercial shop and food retail environments. Ideal 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.

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Retail Help

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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