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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, 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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    £193.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £265.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    3000g to 48kg
    Readability Range
    0.1g to 10g

    Adam Equipment's CBK checkweighing bench scale is used for accurately calculating the weight of small packages, products, materials and containers, ensuring they are consistent with a pre-set weight. Ideal for stockrooms and commercial industrial warehouses.

    Ideal for checking the weight of small tools, building materials and machinery parts.

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    £66.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £90.00 (Excl.VAT)

    Max Capacity Range
    200g to 5000g
    Readability Range
    0.01g to 1g

    Adam Equipment's CQT Core Portable Compact Balance is perfect for conducting simple weighing procedures in school classroom environments, science labs, veterinary practices and field experiments. This scale is exceptional value for money, featuring tough ABS housing and Adam Equipment's patented ShockProtect™ feature.

    Recent customers include jewellery stores, vehicle manufacturers and electrical component stores.

  3. £60.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £75.00 (Excl.VAT)

    Max Capacity Range
    500g to 30kg
    Readability Range
    0.1g to 10g

    The Kern FOB stainless steel scale is a small, compact weight machine used for food preparation/ portion control, it features an stainless steel wipe down case.

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    £110.00  (Ex.VAT)
    Max Capacity Range
    3000g to 30kg
    Readability Range
    0.1g to 1g

    The Inscale IBW is an affordable portable bench scale offers quick and simple weighing, with a simple 6 key operation and colour coded keys for fast, easy operation. It has high resolution weighing, parts counting, percentage weighing and checkweighing features make it excellent value for money.

    One of Inscale's most popular products! Recent customers include food manufacturers, fruit picking orchards, metal engineering firms and home design companies.

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    £110.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £145.00 (Excl.VAT)

    Max Capacity Range
    3000g to 30kg
    Readability Range
    0.5g to 5g

    Lightweight and portable, the LBK bench scale is ideal for factories, warehouses, labs and offices. A large, backlit LCD display makes it easy to read the weight. Colour-coded keys highlight frequently used functions for faster operation.

    Exceptional value, bench weighing scale for commercial manufacturing applications. This product includes a built-in rechargeable battery and lightweight design for portable operation.

  6. £60.00  (Ex.VAT)
    Max Capacity Range
    200g to 2000g
    Readability Range
    0.1g to 1g

    HL-i series compact design makes it highly suitable for weighing applications at work, school, home or anywhere.

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    £204.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £240.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    200g to 12kg
    Readability Range
    0.01g to 1g

    A wider selection of capacities & resolutions, and remote-zeroing has been included in a low-profile rugged housing. For years the EK/EW series balances have been top selling products. Now the new EK-i Compact Balances have been designed to continue this tradition with enhanced capacities and resolutions, and EW-i series comes with attractive triple ranges of weighing. Models ending with "-EC" are EC Type Approved balances to Class II.

    Affordable, dependable compact balance suitable for entry-level weighing applications.

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    £190.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £265.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    3000g to 48kg
    Readability Range
    0.1g to 10g

    Adam Equipment's CBC industrial bench counting scales are fast and accurate machines used to count small tools, parts, screws and electronics. Suitable for many retail and industrial commercial environments for streamlining stock taking procedures.

    Durable ABS-housed industrial counting scale for workbench surfaces. Ideal for light-manufacturing and engineering applications.

  9. £1,571.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £1,963.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    120g to 320g
    Readability Range
    0.0001g to 1.05g

    The GH series of analytical and semi-micro balances offer extra large weighing chambers with anti-static coated glass. All models have GLP compliant outputs with RS-232 as standard. The GH series also features automatic internal calibration together with date & time and data memory functionality.

    One of A&D's best analytical balances for high precision weighing and testing applications. UK trade certified model.

  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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