Low Cost Retail Scales

Recently I was doing a search online for a particular scale. As I was searching I came across a new scale that I had never seen before. It was a price computing scale that was being sold for an absolute ridiculous price. I looked it over and read the specifications and took a look at the product pictures. I couldn’t help but recall the last super low cost price computing scale that I had found. It was probably ten years ago and it was by far the cheapest scale on the market at that time. I bought one and tried it out and it seemed ok.  Anyway, we sold a few of them here and there. They did ok but to be honest to this day it is the most failure prone retail scale we have ever used. We get calls requesting replacement parts for this scale to this day.

This cheap scale that I just recently noticed also made me think of another scale that was the low cost scale of choice more recently. We sold a ton of this particular model and it was a good scale for the most part. Sure, it had a few failures from time to time. But mostly the failures were simple like a keypad, rechargeable battery, or AC adapter. All of which were pretty inexpensive. Our real downfall with this scale was the total lack of support that we received from the manufacturer.  All they seemed to care about was “moving boxes”.  I won’t go into great detail but it was one of the worst manufacturers we ever dealt with, and we basically deal with almost all of them.

So I guess my point in this article is to be careful. It’s your money so you can buy whatever item you want. Just understand that if something is priced really, really low there is usually a reason(s) that it is priced cheap. It could be low cost components, cheap load cell, poor quality control, foreign manufacturer, etc… In my experience with retail scales, most customers want a good deal but they also want to have confidence in Continue reading

Time To Get Your Market Scale Out and Make Sure It’s Working

This month is a wonderful time to take out your old faithful digital scale and give it a good work out. Plug it in and make sure it powers up and charges if it has a battery. It might even be a good idea to order a spare battery to prepare for the spring.

Make sure all the buttons on the keypad work. This is especially important if you type in prices per pound using the number keys. Make sure the displays work on both front and back so that you and your customer are not “in the dark”.

Finally, take a look at the selection of Brecknell PC series scales currently available this winter from the sales team over at Central Carolina Scale. You may find a deal too good to pass on. Plus, you can always use a good backup unit or add a second scale to your produce stand so that your customers are able to purchase produce from you as fast as ever.

We’ve mentioned it before but we will say it again… the highest quality at the lowest price is the Brecknell product line. When you see the brand Brecknell you know it’s a name you can trust. What will surprise you is the remarkably affordable price. With the PC series, Brecknell Scale has taken weighing technology to a new level to offer an unbeatable package to farmers market vendors to candy shop retailers everywhere. The scale, available from Central Carolina Scale in Sanford, NC is constructed of ABS plastic with adjustable leveling feet and built in leveling bubble. The backlight is programmable for power saving.

The scale displays weight in kilograms, pounds and ounces. From 30 pounds to 60 pounds in a choice of resolutions to meet your needs – with NTEP CoC #11-116 Class III legal for trade approvals to suit the state inspector. This scale even shows weight and prices in ounces and kilgrams too. The PC30 has a 480 ounce capacity with readability of 0.2 oz. The PC60 scale has a 960 oz capacity and readability of 0.5 ounces. The scale operates on standard AC power or the built in rechargeable battery which has a standard operating time of approximately 70 hours without backlight or about 35 hours with backlight.

Brecknell Price Computing Scale Overview

We’ll include the video version of this overview as well but today we wanted to take a quick look at the Brecknell PC-30 and PC-60 price computing scales. If you’re interested in a basic, no frills, simple to use, not many bells and whistles retail scale, then the PC series might be just what you’re looking for. This scale is really easy to use, accurate, reliable and features brand name quality.

We want to take a quick look at the Brecknell price computing scale which is available in two different capacities – thirty-pound or sixty-pound and this is what we would call our basic price computing scale which has the price computing function. It also displays weight in lb, kilogram or ounces. The scale features built-in rechargeable battery. Basic price computing function is pretty easy. Just place your item(s) on the scale and enter the price per pound that you want to charge your customer. The scale will then compute the total costs that your customer owes you.

PLU or Price Look Ups are an easy way to program popular items in your scale for quicker recall. Let’s say that you sell a lot of strawberries. You could program strawberries into your PLU number 1 button at $3.99 per pound. Now when someone brings a bucket of strawberries to the scale, place an empty bucket on the scale, press Tare and then press PLU button number 1.

One question that we are asked often is backlight display options. The Brecknell PC30 and PC60 have three different backlight choices. You can have the backlight display “auto” which basically means that the back-lite will display when something is added to the scale platter. You can turn the backlight off totally which will help to increase battery life. Or, you can have the backlight on all the time.

New Product Hits The Market

Brecknell PC-30

Brecknell Scales New Price Computing Scale

New to the market place, legal for trade certified scales with capacities for any application you have for charging price per pound. Or perhaps you are looking to charge price per ounce or price per kilogram? If so, the PC-30 or the PC-60 from Brecknell Scales is your choice. Whatever you want to weigh, from fudge to apples, the Brecknell PC series delivers the capacity and resolution you need. The scales come complete with either a 30 pound or 60 pound capacity in a choice of resolutions to meet your needs. Continue reading