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Do I need a trade approved scale?

If the scale weight reading contributes directly to the final transaction price then yes you will need a trade approved scale. This is most commonly where the weight is directly multiplied by a price per weight unit to achieve a total price. When pre-packing goods into random weight packages, i.e. each weight is different and therefore so is the price, then a trade approved scale would be required. If pre-packing to a nominal weight, ie a 5 kg bag of product, then a trade approved would most likely not be required. As a rule of thumb it is always prudent to check with your local trade measurement authority regarding your particular application to ensure you make the correct equipment selection.