How to Weigh a Package Without a Scale?

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3 months ago5 min read

We understand that not everyone has scales at home, but it might be a trouble when you are shipping parcels, and they are overweight. So, is there any way to weigh things without a scale?

Are you wondering if you can ship a package during the COVID-19 outbreak? The answer is yes. Eurosender and our logistics partners still operate with full strength, therefore, we can organize the shipping for you.

How to weigh something without a scale?

Did you already think it is impossible to weigh your parcel without a scale? After giving you the suggestion, you will realize it was more accessible than ever. We hope you have hanged clothes in your closet, as that will be a crucial part of this process.

Step 1: Find a clothes hanger that can withstand some weight on it.

Step 2: Add two bags (of your choosing) on each side. Make sure the bags can endure the weight of the items.

Step 3: Okay, and now what? Take something that you already know its weight, whether that be a couple of kilos of your stocked flour, couple of litres of milk/water or something else of your choosing. Put it in one of the bags.

Step 4: Place the items that you want to measure on the other side of the hanger, in the other bag.

Step 5: Place the hanger somewhere with secure support and balance out the bags.

Voila! You have just created the oldfashioned balance scale. Who would have thought that it can be that easy to weigh a package or any other items without a scale, right?

Are you now ready to ship your parcels?

What other alternatives are there to measuring something without a scale?

  1. Use apps and general info – Installing an app such as Working Scale Free or 3 Grams Digital Scales & Weight Measurement can help you get an approximate weight. These apps work best for smaller items and make sure sure that the additional things you put in your package won’t make it overweight. Here are some of the most common stuff that people send, and their weight: a medium-sized teddy bear – 400 grams, a book – 450 grams, shoes – 700 grams, jeans – 500 grams.
  2. Now it is time to reach out to your neighbours and ask if they can borrow you a scale to measure your items.
  3. Check the standard weight of the items you plan to ship, online, and you can get approximate. However, keep in mind that couriers might not settle for an estimated, and if you have an overweigh parcel, the courier driver will either not pick up the package or will charge you for the additional weight.

What are my shipping options with Eurosender?

At Eurosender, you can choose between five different weight ranges when sending packages. Those are 0-2 kg when shipping envelopes, 2-10 kg, 10-20 kg, 20-30 kg and 30-40 kg with standard shipping.

In case you would like to send a package which is heavier than 40 kilograms, you can always make a custom order by contacting us. Also, now you can avoid extra charges and delays by choosing a flexible booking option when placing an order. This option enables you to change the details of the order, such as pick-up-date and inevitable mistakes without paying the additional fee.

What will happen if my package turns overweight?

We have indeed given you some advice on how can you weigh something without a scale, but they will not be 100% accurate.

Therefore, the courier company might easily refuse the pick-up, or if the driver collects it, he/she might return the package to your address the next day. Moreover, the courier can ask you for an additional handling surcharge. To avoid unnecessary delays, you should not give the package to the courier if he has already appeared on your address. If you are sure that the weight of your parcel is heavier than the one you paid for, the first thing you should do is to contact your courier company or logistics booking platform and let it know about the problem. The company will cancel the order and let the courier know that he should not come to your address. You can then easily schedule a package pick-up for the upcoming day.

This article was written in collaboration with Novak Novakovic.


Last modified:May 08, 2020

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