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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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    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 breweries and food production companies.

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    From: £265.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £375.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    60kg to 600kg
    Readability Range
    1g to 100g

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

    Large, UK trade approved floor scale ideal for checkweighing crates and pallets of products to be sold in units.

  3. From: £840.00  (Ex.VAT)
    Max Capacity Range
    50kg to 300kg
    Readability Range
    5g to 100g

    The Kern SFB Stainless Steel Platform Scales offer a high level of protection being IP65 rated, these scales are made from Stainless Steel making these platform scales a good choice for the food industry and other wet environments.

  4. 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.

  5. From: £1,654.00  (Ex.VAT)

    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.

  6. From: £188.00  (Ex.VAT)

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. From: £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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    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.

  10. £248.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £310.00 (Excl.VAT)

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

    The SK-WP range of stainless steel butchery scales manufactured by A&D weighing. SW can easily fit on small workbenches and kitchen worktops in commercial shop environments. Perfect for use in butcher's shops, fishmongers, restaurant kitchens and farmer's markets. SW-WP scales are UK trade certified for selling food products by weight.

    Durable, stainless steel butcher scale with UK trade certification. Includes a curved weighing pan perfect for weighing fish, shellfish and meat products. Legal for trade models only.

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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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