Dad Tip: Going Postal with a Kitchen Scale

Over the past year I’ve sold a lot of old items on eBay.  Most of them I’ve wanted to sell for years, preferable on eBay since I knew they were things for which that site would be far more profitable than a mere garage sale.  Besides, who wanted to blow a weekend day sitting outside in the Southern California heat for a few measly dollars?

As so often is the case, the dual concerns of time and higher priorities kept me from doing so.  The time concern was at least somewhat misguided.  Having been on eBay for many, many years, my preconceptions as to what was involved selling something were based on the older ways of doing things.  Needless to say, eBay has made that process much, much easier over the years, from the pure data entry, to comparables (and the research thereof), to shipping.

As for priorities, cleaning out the house raised selling the unnecessary high up the list.

No one wants to sit through long lines at the post office, so taking advantage of paying for shipping labels on eBay via Paypal is a boon–and usually discounted as well.  Of course, that means being able to weigh an item accurately.  Many (most?) of us do not have a postal scale at home, nor do we need one at our domicile, so spending $20+ on a postal scale is rather irksome.  But who wants to run to the post office just to weigh something, especially if the end goal is to buy and print at home?

The answer, at least for light items?  The kitchen scale, an item hopefully most of already have–an item any good, serious home kitchen should not be without.  Fraction of an ounce accurate.  It won’t be sufficient for heavier items, but if my selling history is any example, the kitchen scale covers 90% of what I need.

As for those heavier items, a GOOD personal scale may suffice for those, especially if you round up.  And if I do need to go to the post office for accurate weighing every now and then, so be it.  The heavier duty postal scales cost more anyway.