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Today, I’m tackling another reader question: I already own a food scale, do I need to buy a postage scale to use in my craft business?
Do You Need a Postage Scale?
Answer: In general, either will work for shipping products made with your Silhouette or Cricut. However, there are a few things to watch out for:
- Weight capacity. Look at the weight capacity of the scale. Food scales in general have lower weight capacities compared to postage scales. If you only ship small items this isn’t a big deal, if you ship larger items you’ll likely need a postage scale.
- Automatic importing. If you want to connect your scale to your computer and automatically import the weights from the scale, you will need a postage scale.
- Label printer. If you want to use a label printer with your scale, you should buy a postage scale.
- External display. If you regularly ship large or bulky items, purchase a postage scale with an external display (this style of display is connected on a wire to the machine).
Recommendations for Postage Scales
You can pick up inexpensive scales on Amazon – usually for much cheaper than office stores – many are under $30. I personally own this scale and it has worked perfectly for years.
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Since 2015, Christine Schinagl has been helping crafters start and run craft businesses through her blog, Cutting for Business. As a Silhouette and Cricut crafter herself, she has a unique take on what works and what doesn’t work in the craft business world. She also teaches a course on creating digital SVG designs, available at How to Design SVGs.