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    Default What is a good pocket scale for silver buying?

    Searched the forum for any post like this. So if there are any point me that way.

    Ok so im a newb to the silver game but I want to make sure im doing som due diligents to make sure im buying real silver. Checking by weight seems to me to be a good way to help in this effort. So if you have any pocket type scales that yall have found better than others please share.

    And if you have any other things we newbs should be looking for when buying any wisdom would be appreciated.

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    Default Re: What is a good pocket scale for silver buying?

    I picked up a pair of digital ones on fleabay for like 10 bucks a piece w/ free shipping. Measures to the tenths in grams, thousandths to the ounce, tenths in pennyweight and grains. Also has tare mode. I keep one at home and leave the other in the van.

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    Default Re: What is a good pocket scale for silver buying?

    Quote Originally Posted by hammerhead View Post
    I picked up a pair of digital ones on fleabay for like 10 bucks a piece w/ free shipping. Measures to the tenths in grams, thousandths to the ounce, tenths in pennyweight and grains. Also has tare mode. I keep one at home and leave the other in the van.
    How reliabel is it? What is the brand?

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    Default Re: What is a good pocket scale for silver buying?

    I've got the Tanita Professional Mini. Thing is badass. Takes a beating like a champ.

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    Default Re: What is a good pocket scale for silver buying?

    Be sure to get one with a test weight for calibration. You can't get one with two decimal accuracy for $10 but you'd be better off with that, especially if you ever buy gold.

    I've got a number of scales or different makes but they all seem to work within their rated accuracy. They all "wander" a few hundredths over time, hence the need for a calibration weight and function.
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    Default Re: What is a good pocket scale for silver buying?

    My advice is in the post at the link below. There is also lots of other guidance there too.

    http://www.goldismoney2.com/showthre...l=1#post256899
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weatherman View Post
    My advice is in the post at the link below. There is also lots of other guidance there too.

    http://www.goldismoney2.com/showthre...l=1#post256899
    Thanks for that. And what did it do wrong went into just the general forum and typed "scale" in the search bar. Why did it now bring up this thread? Appreciate teh link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitocondriac View Post
    Thanks for that. And what did it do wrong went into just the general forum and typed "scale" in the search bar. Why did it now bring up this thread? Appreciate teh link.
    The GIM search function is only slightly better than useless. I found the thread and my old post with a Google search for:

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitocondriac View Post
    Thanks for that. And what did it do wrong went into just the general forum and typed "scale" in the search bar. Why did it now bring up this thread? Appreciate teh link.
    I have found with most forums, for search to work somewhat right you have to do the search from the index page (main) of the forum. If you search from a sub-forum the search is confined to that sub-forum.
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    Default Re: What is a good pocket scale for silver buying?

    Oh yeah, get a set of digital calipers too. They've been known to make the coin dimensions too large so the weight comes in right. I found an accurate set at Harbor Freight for about $14.
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    Default Re: What is a good pocket scale for silver buying?

    Quote Originally Posted by TomD View Post
    Oh yeah, get a set of digital calipers too. They've been known to make the coin dimensions too large so the weight comes in right. I found an accurate set at Harbor Freight for about $14.
    already have calipers as i use them for work quite a bit. how about a link with silver coin diameters? How about thickness that should be a good measurement too or no because of wear?

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    Default Re: What is a good pocket scale for silver buying?

    What about a loupes any one better than another? What kind of magnification is a good one to look at the coins?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitocondriac View Post
    What about a loupes any one better than another? What kind of magnification is a good one to look at the coins?
    I don't care much for loupes, look at a Hastings Triplet magnifier, 10X.

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    Default Re: What is a good pocket scale for silver buying?

    I've had a My Weigh F3 Flip Scale for years now and I take it with me for every purchase. It was very inexpensive and I'm still on the original battery. I recommend it to anyone who asks about scales without ANY reservations. It's one of those purchases you make in life that every time you use it you remind yourself "that was some of the best money I ever spent".

    Oh by the way, I forgot to mention the lifetime warranty.

    I also agree with TomD that the inexpensive Harbor Freight calipers work just fine.

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