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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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  1. From: £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. This scale is ideal for the determination of weight for paper or in the textile industry for the determination of the length of strings.

  2. From: £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

    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.

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

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    From: £189.00  (Ex.VAT)
    Max Capacity Range
    60kg to 600kg
    Readability Range
    5g to 50g

    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.

    Inscale's new heavy-duty scale with durable steel weighing pan. Large, durable platform floor scale suitable for checkweighing and counting large machinery parts.

  4. 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.

  5. From: £696.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £870.00 (Excl.VAT)

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

    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.

  6. £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 and AFK 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.

  7. From: £319.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £435.00 (Excl.VAT)

    Max Capacity Range
    75kg to 600kg
    Readability Range
    5g to 50g

    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.

  8. From: £161.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £185.00 (Excl.VAT)

    Max Capacity Range
    3000g to 300kg
    Readability Range
    0.20.5g to 50.1kg

    The Kern DE platform scales come in various capacities up to 300kg and various platform base sizes. An easy read LCD display and stainless steel top make this a simple to use platform scale.

    Recent customers include boat manufacturers and art design companies.

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    £206.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £325.00 (Excl.VAT)

    Max Capacity Range
    16kg to 60kg
    Readability Range
    0.5g to 2g

    The Adam Equipment GBC bench counting scale is a fully featured counting machine with numeric keypad for unit weight and sample entry. The bright large backlit display shows unit weight, total weight and number of pieces. A grade 304 stainless steel top pan with die cast aluminium base and pillar mounted ABS plastic indicator, make the GBC a durable industrial bench counting scale.

    Bench counting scale with high-weight capacity for counting large or heavy objects on a worktop or workbench surface.

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    From: £235.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £325.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    6000g to 150kg
    Readability Range
    0.1g to 50g

    Adam Equipment GBK platform bench scales offer speed, performance and value. The GBK offers all the features needed for weighing, check weighing with LED limit indicators and parts counting with fully selectable sample or unit weight. Durable build for a variety of industries, the GBK bench scale can meet the demands of warehouse, production floor and general industrial, medical applications.

    Recent customers include an animal breeding center, machinery components manufacturer, brewery, and a water treatment engineering firm.

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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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