Shipping scales are used in a variety of different industries these days. While they naturally were first found in post offices and courier companies, they've since found their way into all sorts of different businesses. In this article, we'll look at who uses shipping scales, what they are actually used for, and a few different options that you have to decide on before making a purchase. Speaking of which, if you're thinking about buying a postage scale, consider this. There are an awful lot of cheap scales online these days. Companies are hurting because of the economy and they are, thus, cutting their prices down quite a bit. Check out a few different sites to make sure you're getting the best deal possible.

So who uses shipping scales anyway? Well, the most obvious answer to this question is shippers! You know around Christmas time when you take a package to the post office to send back East? The employee will usually have some kind of a scale that they weigh your parcel on. The weight of the package and the distance that it's traveling play a large role in the cost of the service to you. As shipping scales, also known as bench scales in some circles, become more popular, more and more industries are finding a use for them. They are now used in home offices, small business places and warehouses everywhere. This makes perfect sense if you think about it. Business people need to be able to weigh items quickly and accurately. As the saying goes - Time is money. How much would it cost you if you had to outsource your weighing needs? With all the packs, boxes and letters that an average business uses, this would be a ton of money!

Now, there are many different types of shipping scales available today. They are all similar but offer slightly different features. You may or not need all the features that a super high end model has. Make sure that you buy a scale that is right for you and your business. Don't just spend money for the sake of spending money.

The first thing you have to decide on is how much weight you need the scale to hold. Digital shipping scales, nowadays, can take any where from 6 lbs to 2000 lbs. I wouldn't recommend an analog scale to anyone. They are dated and you don't even save that much money when you compare the price to a digital scale. As far as the digital part of a scale goes, you do have a few options. The size of the screen is one of these options. I prefer a large LCD screen on a shipping scale. This way, I don't need my reading glasses every time I want to weigh something...

Another feature that I like to have is the ability to read the weight in both pounds(lbs) and kilograms(kg). Some of my customers are more comfortable with the imperial system while some like the metric system. I want to be able to please everyone. The last thing I'd recommend to anyone in the market for a shipping scale is to get a "hold" feature. This basically allows you to weigh something, and then freeze the screen while you move the product off the surface of the scale. This makes recording data much easier.

Good luck in your pursuit of the perfect digital shipping scale!