$9 scale makes weighing luggage easy


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#2

So, is it $9 or $7?

And where’s the link?


#3

The way I read it, there must be two different scales. Frauenfelder bought one for $7, but there’s a $9 one that makes weighing luggage easy. I wonder what’s so hard about the $7 one? Maybe it only knows metric.

EDIT: Oops, no it uses pounds too. Maybe the readout is in Polish or Czech?


#4

OK, I feel ridiculous for saying this, link?

I’ve got one of these (or near enough). I like the large T-handle design that is big enough I can lift it with two hands - especially handy since it takes a few seconds of the weight to settle and the reading to lock in. Mine has an audible beep telling you the scale has locked in a settled weight reading.

These are cheap commodity units, though. So don’t count on them being accurate to the 1/10 pound, or even to the pound. I checked mine against the calibrated scales at the check in terminal at my last flight before relying on it too much.


#5

Is there any way to get an RSS feed of BoingBoing without all these crappy ads? I could tolerate it when it started but now I see like 5-10 ads per day in my newsfeed for some "99% off some-crappy-tutorials-which-can-be-found-for-free-anyway


#6

Pretty sure that to BB the lack of an ad-free feed is a feature not a bug :smirk:

I think better labeling would be a good compromise. In the meantime, I’m wondering if Mark will ever run out of household items that can be bought on Amazon to post about. :smiley:


#7

I’ve got the same one as is seen in the picture. I bought it directly from China (where all of those are made anyway).
Shipping included, it cost me around $4.

Why support amazon when you can avoid it?


#8

Better return policy?

Low end, direct from China stuff often has really crappy QC, the savings can be a bit of a crapshoot if the product is DOA or fails soon after delivery. Not saying I would never, depends on the savings, but not my first choice for a whopping $5 savings.


#9

Yep, it displays the weight in dry hogsheads, using the Mayan Number System.


#10

I think Mark maybe really has run out of household items to link to on Amazon. :astonished: Turns out the reason for the price typo is that he partially recycled a post from 2015, back when the scale was $7:

Maybe the scale just sold really well in the last ad post?


#11

If you’re stuffing that much stuff into bags you need to learn to travel lighter in the first place.


#12

You don’t know my needs. You really don’t. Vodka is heavy…

Seriously, though, on some trips I have equipment I need that can’t be trimmed down. Trimming down is a great idea, when it is possible.


#13

Or you could just arrive with 5 min to spare, weigh the bags on the only scale that actually matters – the luggage drop-off counter’s – before dropping them off, and transfer an item or two to the lighter bag, as needed.


#14

uh, you just put the luggage on the scale. No need to subtract, dummy.


#15

Not all home scales will fit a suit case so you can read the dial at the same time to weigh it, hence the trick of holding the suit case. Or the trick of buying a handy $9 scale that has higher resolution than a spring scale. You can also weigh cats in shopping bags with a hand held luggage scale. And recurve bow draw weights. Just all around handy to have.


#16

For a while I used a 3rd party intermediate called feedrinse.com It worked but didn’t update as reliably as the native feed and I wasn’t thrilled some unknown company was harvesting my clicks (presumably).

Edit to add: I have the scale and it works reliably enough. The Greater Omems and I have brought…4 full bags of booze & beer from Chicago to NYC and always come in under weight.


#17

Back in the day, I travelled around Scotland for two months - with 20 Kg of kit, including the backpack and tent. Hah!


#18

What is the weight and what are its dimensions? Obviously, you need to carry it, and I hate to add anything to my bag.


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