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How do I weigh my package to determine shipping costs?

Weighing Packages Made Easy: Bathroom Scales, Kitchen Scales, and Apps! Skip the trip to the post office and find out how to weigh your packages right at home with accuracy.

Use your bathroom scale 🛁

The scale hiding in your bathroom, the one we all religiously avoid, is a quick and easy tool for weighing your packages. No need for precision---Ship.com only requires measurements that are accurate to the pound. For heavier packages, place them on the scale directly. And if it's too light for the scale, just weigh yourself before and after holding it. Subtract, and voila! Package weight revealed.

Use a kitchen scale 🍴

Calling all home chefs! You may already have the perfect package scale hanging out in your kitchen. Beyond measuring ingredients and portions, these handy kitchen scales offer accurate measurements for packages of any almost weight. So, when it's time to ship, let your kitchen scale help you “cook up” some fantastic deliveries! 

Estimate the combined weight of items and packaging ⚖️

Finding the weight of most consumer items is easy with a web search. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Look up each item individually to find out how much they weigh. 
  2. Add the weight of your item(s) to the weight of your packaging.

Remember, you don't have to be exact. It's recommended to round up if you're unsure. If your estimate is too low, the carrier may reach out to you for additional shipment costs. But fear not, they'll likely add these costs to the payment method you used for the original shipping label. Here are the weights of some common household items to get you started!

  Ounces/pounds Kilograms
Coffee Mug ☕ 9oz, 0.55 lb 0.25 kg
Pair of sneakers 👟 2-2.5 lb 2-2.5 lb
15" Laptop 💻 6 lb 2.7 kg
Toaster 🍞 18-20 lb 8-9 kg

Use a weighing app 📱

Explore the world of weight-measuring apps! Similar to dimension apps, some apps can estimate the weight of your package. If you have a large package, it's better to use a physical scale. However, if your item is small, the app may be able to work with your device's accelerometer, also known as the touchscreen's pressure sensor to give you an approximate weight for your package. Keep in mind that phone apps are not suitable for weighing heavy loads, and it's always wise to avoid putting heavy items on your phone's delicate screen. When choosing an app, be sure to read the app's description to ensure it provides a relatively accurate approximation.

We googled the top 3 weight-measuring apps for you! 

  1. Working Scale
  2. True Scale Free
  3. Scale Estimator

Remember, not all apps work on every phone due to hardware limitations. It's important to find an app that works for you! Also, be cautious of "prank" apps that are designed for fun rather than accurate weight measurement. Happy app searching!