Postal scales are used to increase mailing efficiency by reducing the chances of overpaying on outgoing mail. It saves your business a lot by a great extent. Postal scales can be digital or manual. You can go for either based on your needs. If your company has to ship heavy packages regularly, it is recommended that you get a digital scale. It will save you both time and money. However if you just intend to buy one to avoid going to the post office, a manual scale will be enough for you. Today at All Scale Shop, we'd like to discuss our postal scales.
Manual Postage Scales
Manual postage scales, also sometimes referred to as analog postage scales, use a balance or a spring to weigh envelopes. Manual postage scales simply give the weight of your item. To determine the postage rate, it's necessary to reference a table of current postage prices. Manual postage scales can be accurate, but require users to read the weight from a mechanical needle, which increases the likelihood of human error. Over time, the inner workings or overall structure of manual postage scales can become damaged and render the scale inaccurate. There are small handheld varieties of manual postage scales available which are especially prone to breaking or bending. The larger models that look similar to a triple-beam balance are much sturdier. Manual postage scales typically cost substantially less than electronic postage scales.
Digital Postage Scales
Digital postage scales or electronic postage scales, use a pressure-sensing microprocessor to provide a clear, unambiguous digital readout. Many digital postage scales are programmed with rate information, so they can display the exact price of postage, but they must be adjusted each time the postal rates change. Digital postage scales typically cost more than manual postage scales. Electronic models that can compare prices for multiple carriers, handle heavier weights, and can download rate updates typically cost more than simpler models with fewer
Both these scales have their advantages and disadvantages
Digital scales are more complex, expensive and have more features as compared to a manual scale. Digital scales are mostly recommended for professional use where you have a hand at the instrument. Otherwise, you can go for a manual scale, it is easy to understand and inexpensive.
The best of both digital and manual
Postage Meters With Built-in Digital Postage Scales - If you cannot choose between digital and manual, there are all-in-one units available that bundle a scale and a meter together for greater functionality. These postage scales can quickly weigh a package or envelope, assign a postage grade and rate, and print out the results. Depending on the model, it can be possible to print the postage directly onto the mailing envelope, or onto a piece of adhesive paper for a quick stick to any package. These units are handy for buyers that don't already have a postage meter but are looking to print their own postage. For a larger business that requires a top-of-the-line mail system, manufacturers offer a wide variety of mail management systems that house complex internal computers. For situations that only require the ability to weigh packages, it would not be advisable to spend the extra dollars on the bundle if its full capacity would not be put to use.