Postage Scale Buying

When it comes to businesses, mail plays an important role. To make your business more efficient, it is imperative to have a good postage scale. Too often, business owners fail to look at the smaller aspects of the business such as postal service and price. However, sometimes it is the little things overlooked that can make a huge impact on the company's bottom line. In fact, something as simple as a postage scale can save your business up to 15% just on the cost of postage.

Scale Type

Obviously, the type of postage scale you invest in would depend on the type and volume of mail processed. Additionally, different scales offer a variety of features to make the mail process more efficient and convenient. For example, for a small to medium sized company, most people prefer an affordable, standalone model. On the other hand, if you have a larger company or a company that processes a high volume of mail, then choosing a postage scale that does a lot of the manual work would be best. A scale that offers a feeder, sealer, meter, and more would be a better investment.

Scale Operation

Another common mistake made by business owners is buying without giving much thought to the person or persons who would be operating it. Just as you would want input from IT personnel about computers and software, you should also get input from the staff working the mail. Of course, once the postage scale was purchased, you want to work with the manufacturer to set up a time for proper training. This way, you will have an efficient postage scale and effective mail personnel.

Keep in mind that while you have a number of options, these are broken down between a manual and digital design. For the manual style of postage scale, the unit is designed to use a scale or balance to weighs the various pieces of mail. However, the digital scale is designed with a pressure sensor microprocessor for determining the weight of each envelop. Both scales work well although there are unique differences.


For starters, the manual postage scale is usually very accurate. However, the risk of inaccuracy comes down to the person responsible for reading the needle. In other words, a manual postage scale creates more risk for human error. In addition, the manual type postage scale provides a reference table associated with the current rates. That way, you can simply compare the mechanical needle reading with the table to determine the cost of the piece.


Now let us look at the differences seen with a digital postage scale. For this option, the scale is designed with a clear-cut digital readout. That way, there is no confusion for the individual operating the machine. The only real downside to purchasing a digital scale is that most have to be adjusted according to any new rate hikes. The challenge is that the process is expensive and often complex. If considering a new postage scale, we would recommend you go with a model that can connect to the internet, allowing the rates to be downloaded automatically for you.