Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Ebay Equipment - Scales

Ebay selling doesn't require a lot of equipment.  As a matter  of fact, you could almost get by with just a phone or tablet.  Don't you have to have your own printer?  No, you can purchase your postage and save your labels to be printed somewhere else.  Do you have to own a scale?  No.  You can get your items weighed at the post office if you need to.  Now honestly, I don't recommend either of these scenarios, but it can be done.  There are people out there who literally started with almost nothing and now they have their own little Ebay empire.  Isn't that awesome?

When I started out, the one thing that I didn't have was a scale.  My first few items I sold with flat rate shipping without weighing anything at all. After losing money a couple of times, I realized that I couldn't really be successful on Ebay without purchasing a scale.  There were some scales that I considered, such as the Accucheck DreamRed Digital Postal Scale, the Smart Weigh Digital Shipping and Postal Scale and the Acccucheck All in one Digital Shipping Postal Scale that are posted using the affiliate links below.  I believe that any of these scales would have done a fine job - but I was particularly attracted to the sassy red scale.......just because it was RED!!!  Sometimes a little color makes all the difference, don't you think?

The scale that I ended up using however, was this one, a Robinair Slimline Electronic Scale.  There is a story behind why I began using this scale, however.  It definitely wasn't because of the price.....because it is UBER EXPENSIVE compared to the ones above.  I began using this scale for the best reason of was FREE!!

You may remember hearing about my husband. I will call him the "anti-thrifter."  I wrote about him here.  He is actually an HVAC mechanic and this is the scale that he uses sometimes in his work.  It just happens to be perfect for me as well. I love this scale.  It is accurate and easy to use and comes in a carrying case.  As a matter of fact, it is not really a postage scale at all.  It is actually a refrigeration scale. Since I share it with my husband I consider it to be  his contribution to my Ebay experience.   It will weigh items up 110 lbs and runs on batteries.  The one thing that I don't like about it is that it doesn't have an automatic shut off.  I have run down my share of batteries with this thing.  As I said, it is expensive as far as scales go....but for me it was free. Besides all of its other good qualities that's what made it terrific. So, although I made my share of mistakes in the beginning, I am now handling shipping like a pro - thanks to this cool scale.

What scale do you use?  Tell me about it....


  1. Like you, I first tried to guestimate the shipping costs. I lost money that way. Then I found a postal scale like the one in your photo at a thrift shop for .50 cents, but it couldn't handle larger items. So I went to ebay and found lots of great scales for cheap. Mine is a nice looking black Accuteck that I got for $12 brand new. It's awesome!

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  3. Great Kim! There are so many inexpensive scales out there. No need to spend a lot of money if you don't have to.