Retail Scales

Retail  Scales

Retail Shop / Market scales (class III), allow you to compute the price of your goods where the customer is present, the scales are  certified  trade approved for use within UK, we have seen websites that supply shop scales from outside UK may not be compliant with UK regulations and if in doubt we advise contacting your local Trading Standards department for independant advice.

All Retail PRICE COMPUTING SCALES must have a second customer display visible to the customer, consideration for placement of the scales may be required when siting the scales or selecting a model with a pole display may be considered. Preceous metal and Gold shop owners require to use more accurate scales which have no second display (Class II ).

You’ll see the word “approved” on websites selling weighing scales and balances (also called legal for trade or trade approved scales), particularly if you’re looking for a retail scale. What exactly does ‘approved’ mean? Is it really mandatory? Which industries require it?

What is a Trade Approved Scale?

Broadly speaking, it means that the weighing scale was tested and proved that it meets the standards outlined by the organisation that oversees said requirements in your location or industry,Trade Stamped, Verified, Class III or Class II, EC Stamped, M Class Approved and Trading Standards Approved are some of the most common organisations you’ll see online). This is meant to ensure that customers get what they pay for.

Which sort of products require trade approval?

You will require approved scales for most commercial buying or selling by weight, including the following products:

  • Food

  • Coffee, Tea,Milk etc.

  • Alcohol

  • Produce

  • Livestock feed

  • Firewood or logs

  • Liquid fuel

  • Landscaping materials

  • Precious metals and stones (including gold)

  • Mechanical and construction parts

  • Prepackaged products that specify weight

It can also apply to the medical and pharmaceutical sectors (to ensure medication and chemical compounds are sold in the right quantity, for example).

Is it mandatory?

If you work in an industry where weight affects the price of what you’re selling, yes, it is likely required by law. For example, grocery stores need trade approved scales to ensure produce is sold according to the correct weight. Sweet shops or ice cream stores also sell their goods by weight. The law and regulations vary slightly depending on the country or state you live in, but usually, any weighing instrument that is used to sell by weight or calculate using the weight as a factor is required to be trade approved.

It's worth considering a second scale for businesses that are used in your business especially a labeller or scales used at critical control points.


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