Retail Scales

What is a retail scale?

Retail scales, which might also be referred to as price computing scales, shop scales or commercial scales, are weighing scales that allow you to calculate the price of goods based on their weight. Retail scales will typically have displays front and rear (for the user and for the customer), an internal memory for PLUs (Price Look-ups) and be powered by batteries. Retail scales must always be Trade Approved.


What is a Trade Approved scale?

A Trade Approved scale must be used when the price of an item is based on its weight. This is a legal requirement in most countries around the world, and since a retail scale is used to weigh items to determine the price the customer pays, it should be Trade Approved.

Trade Approved Scales undergo stricter testing and calibration procedures than standard scales and therefore deliver a higher degree of reliability. Trade Approved scales are also referred to as Class III Approved scales, Legal For Trade scales and stamped scales.


Which retail scale is best for me?

Our price computing scales can be found in butchers, delis, green grocers and sweet shops. Which scale you choose depends on what you need from the scale, and where you intend to use it. All of the retail scales on this page are powered by replaceable batteries so are suitable for market stalls.

The DS-781 is our most popular retail scale, and its waterproof keypad makes it more durable than most scales which may suffer from water ingress. The DS-781SS, however, is IP68 waterproof – and stainless steel – so suitable for the harshest conditions where it is likely to get wet. It’s most commonly used by butchers and fishmongers.

All our options have PLUs for saving the price/weights of your most popular items, although the DS-781/DS-781SS have the most with 99 PLUs each.

The DS-781SS provides the most professional image to your customers, its stainless steel casing capable of being washed down, and a clear, bight LCD display front and rear providing clear prices for items placed on the scale.

Marsden can provide you with all the help and guidance you need when purchasing a reliable, accurate retail scale. Click on the products above to find out more or speak to our team on 01709 364296. Marsden can also provide a service contact for your retail scales.

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