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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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    Max Capacity Range
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    Readability Range
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    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.

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    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.

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    M - Trade Approved
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    Readability Range
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    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.

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    Readability Range
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    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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    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
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    Readability Range
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    A&D's SW washdown scale features a checkweighing indicator and complete scale range with a protection level of IP-69K. Ideally suited to harsh food processing and packing environments where even good quality waterproof devices are found wanting. Suitable for regular high pressure hosing and cleaning.

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    The SC Series of platform waterproof scales is the middle level of a three tiered wet area scale selection offered by A&D. This scale offers substantial protection against water and dust, perfect for harsh industrial, food and laboratory environments. The SC range of platform scales is fully UK trade approved for selling products by weight.

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    Wide selection of bench and floor scales models available to suit almost any commercial weighing application.

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    The Adam Equipment AFK floor scales are solidly built to deliver reliable performance and effortless weighing. Designed for commercial industrial applications including production line checking, quality control, freight dispatch and general stock audits.

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    The Inscale IFS Floor Platform Scale comes with a Stainless Steel Checkweighing Indicator (IWI- IP68 waterproof) rated ideal for industrial type environments. This scale is suitable for use in large-scale factory manufacturing and automotive engineering.

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    M - Trade Approved
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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.

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