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Where Can I Get The Best Digital Scale?

oakjoan Oct 18, 2006 06:27 PM

I don't know if this is the right board for this topic, but I don't want to drive to Memphis or Brooklyn to buy a scale.

Any places locally (except for Williams-Sonoma and places like that which add a large amounts to the price for the privilege of buying from them).

Thanks for any help.

  1. Robert Lauriston Oct 18, 2006 06:28 PM

    Sur la Table also has a good selection.

    They're not cheap.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      oakjoan Oct 18, 2006 07:13 PM

      Thanks all, but I should have been clearer. I'd also like recs. of brands that are reliable.

      Wow, the Oak Barrel is still there. I drive by but never notice. I remember when it was mainly a wine shop on University - back when we used to buy half gallons of wine.

      1. re: oakjoan
        Robert Lauriston Oct 18, 2006 07:33 PM

        Brand discussion on the Cookware board:

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

        1. re: oakjoan
          Caitlin McGrath Oct 18, 2006 09:16 PM

          I can still remember the exact smell of the Oak Barrel from when I'd go in with my mother, who would buy sherry there, probably 30 years ago or so...

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        QuaffStout Oct 18, 2006 06:36 PM

        Oak Barrel homebrew shop on San Pablo in Berkeley

        1. rabaja Oct 18, 2006 06:39 PM

          Economy restaurant supply in San Francisco, or East Bay restaurant supply in Oakland, near Jack London square. I got one recently at Economy, it was around $30.

          1. Big Larry Oct 18, 2006 06:43 PM

            any reputable headshop/smokeshop will have a good selection....

            office depot also sells digital postal scales at a fairly good price.

            1. Husky Oct 18, 2006 06:43 PM

              free shipping and no tax:

              http://www.amazon.com/Salter-5-Pound-...

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                Cheesy Oysters Oct 18, 2006 07:16 PM

                A friend just got one at Bed Bath and Beyond. Her's was around $25 or $29 but they went up to $99. See if you can find a 20% off coupon that are always around except when you need one.

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                  merle Oct 18, 2006 10:03 PM

                  I looked at the BBB in Jack London Square (Oakland), and while they had three or four scales, none really looked like what I wanted. They had a lot more analog scales than digital ones, and the digital ones had very few features.

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                  luxarles Oct 19, 2006 01:39 AM

                  Here's a discussion on kitchen scales, a bit dated but informative, especially if you're just starting your search: http://www.cookingforengineers.com/article.php?id=82&title=Kitchen+Scales

                  And website: http://www.oldwillknottscales.com/

                  1. Sushi Monster Oct 19, 2006 02:34 AM

                    I also highly recommend oldwillknottscales. (See above)

                    The LS-30 has a 30 lb. capacity and is exact (for small weights) down to a tenth of an ounce. Unbeatable value here. I've used it to weight all my ultralight backpacking gear down to the gram (it switches from English to metric) for three years now and it's a workhorse. That should be all the scale you need.

                    1. The Chowhound Team Oct 19, 2006 03:55 AM

                      Folks-

                      Please do continune to discuss where in the Bay Area to find vendors of digital scales, but take any discussion about scales in general terms or comparisons of brands to the Cookware board.

                      We will remove any further replies to this thread that do not discuss where to find scales in the Bay Area.

                      Thanks.

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                      1. re: The Chowhound Team
                        Non Cognomina Oct 19, 2006 04:03 AM

                        Thanks for the clarification and for not deleting or moving this thread.

                      2. rworange Oct 19, 2006 05:08 AM

                        I know a few places, but it depends on what capacity you are looking for. I have a nifty little digital scale I love but it only goes up to five pounds. Is that enough?

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