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Shipping scales come in all sizes. Including mail scales for letters through to postal scales for weighing small parcels for postal delivery. At the other end of the scale, heavy-duty scales can weigh objects of 400 pounds or more and are useful to ensure you load vehicles correctly. Before dispatching mail, make sure to pack it safely using the correct packaging, boxes, pouches, and envelopes. Read More

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Shipping Scales for all needs

Before any product is shipped, its weight needs to be verified. This helps to ensure envelopes and boxes are packed correctly, lets you know approximate shipping costs, and avoids errors. Postal scales are ideal for lightweight objects like letters, while retail products often need heavier scales, depending on their mass. Scales intended for retail use have a digital readout attached to the scale and a gross weighing capacity of under 30 pounds. Industrial shipping scales usually have a separate digital readout that can be mounted in a convenient location.

Postal scale applications

Mail is shipped by weight, so digital postal scales are calibrated in pounds and ounces and accurate to within an ounce. Light-weight scales designed for envelopes don't have the capacity for heavy packages, so higher capacity package scales are needed, often suitable for a maximum weight somewhere between 12 and 30 pounds.

Coin counting scales are a special type of scale where the weight of a single coin is entered and the readout displays the total number of coins in coin envelopes or, in some instances, the value of coins weighed.


You can make certain your customers know who their mail is from by using custom print envelopes. The inclusion of your business name and return address on the envelope demonstrates professionalism and impresses clients. Using custom printing, you can also print personalized catalog envelopes for direct mailing.

Alternatively, choose business envelopes that use multiple windows to show consignee addresses and your return address. When posting fragile items, consider using shrink film, special shipping boxes, packaging tape, wrapping equipment, and other shipping supplies.

Popular package scales

Before purchasing a scale, evaluate your needs. Establish the smallest package you need to weigh, as well as the heaviest. Select a scale meeting both requirements. Bear in mind that some scales are intended for desk mounting, others on the floor, and yet others are handheld. Each has its strong points, but not all are universally suited to every need. Common types of scales include:

  • Postal scales designed to weigh light objects of a few ounces
  • Proportioning scales which are used the consecutively weigh ingredients for a recipe
  • Desk mounted parcel scales with a weighing capacity between 12 and 30 pounds.
  • Floor mounted scales suitable for heavy packages up to 400 pounds
  • Handheld scales for weighing luggage