How To Use Postal Weighing Scales For Sending Mail

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How Using Postal Mail Can Save Money On Sending Business Mail.

Apart from the postage meters, the second most important part of your mailing equipment is probably the postal scale. Postal scales come in the denomination of 5, 10, 30, 100, 200 and 250 pound capacities. These scales can either be a standalone or come as a part of the postage meter.

You can buy a manual or a digital postage meter. This digital scale is more accurate because it gives exact reading of the weight of the letter or parcel. Manual scales still have to be read out by a human person and usually have an analogue scale with a needle that points to the amount of weight measured by it.

The whole point of using a weighing scale is to be able to fix the exact postage required to send the parcel or the letter. Electronic scales are more expensive but the accuracy that they represent and the money that they can save you by telling you the right value of postage required can offset the additional cost.

Digital scales meant for businesses usually have more functions associated with them than just weighing such as allowing you to compare rates between various carriers such as U.S. Postal Service and FedEx. They will also allow you to convert ZIP codes to correct zones for calculating zone dependent rates for carriers such as UPS.

When you are buying a digital postal meter, look for features and interface that you are most comfortable working with. Some models havekeyboards and user prompts. Consider the size of the machine and the maximum weight that machine can handle.

Depending upon the size of the package that you intend to send, you might have to buy a machine that can accommodate the size of parcel or package. You may even want a machine that allows you to enter the weight manually for the calculation for shipments that exceed the scales weighing capacity.

Even when you buy a standalone postal scales, some allow you to interface them with a postage meter. Depending on how you want to use the postal scale, choose the features according.

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The following are some of the questions that you should ask the dealer before buying a postal weighing scale.

  1. What Adjustments are required to be made if the postage rates change?
  2. Does the scale offer alternative pricing options based on various coastal flood classification?
  3. Does the weighing scale have a password feature to protect it against unauthorized use?
  4. What size of parcel can the weighing scale take and what are the weight limitations?
  5. What maintenance does the machine required?
  6. What kind of maintenance is covered in the sales agreement?
  7. Does the scale offer the rates for international shipping?
  8. Does the weighing scale offer rates for popular shipping services like FedEx and UPS?