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Have you bought anything for a friend or family? Have you slipped something into your own stocking ;)

These are pretty common But in pristine condition and in the original sealed pouch, I couldn't resist for a couple bucks over spot:

And I've got a recommendation for anyone looking for a new digital scale.

After I bought that new 50 ounce Sheffield bar, I realized I didn't have a scale capable of handling heavier items. My pocket digital scale seems to top out at around 25 troy ounces, give or take. A kilo is 32.15 troy ounces.

So I started searching on eBay. I wasn't even sure I'd find what I was after. My wish list was wishful thinking:
1) compact
2) inexpensive
3) capable of weights up to 3110+ grams (100 troy ounce)
4) sensitive to 10ths of a gram
5) displays in grams and troy ounces

I know lots of people think in terms of pennyweight, but that's a measurement I never really took to.

Anyway, I was thinking I'd have to get a triple beam balance scale. New ones are really expensive. But you can find used ones in the $30 +/- range. Unfortunately, shipping seems to be quite high. They're also not at all compact.

So I looked for digital scales capable of handling heavier loads. Found a few designed for food measurement. They're compact, but they seem to be at least as expensive as the used triple beam scales: $30 +/-. I found one that was pretty close to what I was after, but of course it didn't show weights in troy (why would it?). But I convinced myself that it was probably as close as I was going to get.
Just before pulling the trigger I decided to try Amazon to see if I could find it cheaper.

Glad I did!

To my surprise I found a digital scale that is
1) compact
2) inexpensive
3) capable of weights not of 3000 grams, but 5000 grams!
4) sensitive to 1/10th of a gram
5) displays in grams, troy ounces and many more (g/kg/gn/tl/lb/ct/oz/ozt/ml)

It's so sensitive that I could see using it instead of my pocket scale (though I probably won't).

Best part? It's only $12.99!

I grabbed the last 2 : one for me and one for one of my local B&M's (tis the season, after all).

Unfortunately, those were the last two they had in stock. But Amazon does have a very similar model for about $23:

https://www.amazon.com/NEXT-SHINE-Digital-Rechargeable-Multifunction-Back-lit/dp/B07T4G8599/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=NEXT-SHINE+Digital+Rechargeable+Kitchen+Scale+5kg+x+0.1g+Multifunction+Gram+Weight&qid=1607702567&sr=8-1

I kept the plastic film on the readout, that's not a scratch :)

We are like children who look at print and see a serpent in the last letter but one, and a sword in the last.
--Severian the Lame

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