State: Most metal resale shop scales accurate
MADISON State consumer protection officials surveyed nearly 130 scales used by Wisconsin precious metal buyers and found they were accurate most of the time or had errors in the consumers' favor.
With the value of gold rising recently, more people with unwanted jewelry are taking it to precious metal resale shops. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says those sellers can feel confident they are getting the most for their money.
The department's weights and measures team examined 129 scales at resale locations statewide and found they were accurate or tipped in consumers' favor 99 percent of the time.
Trade and Consumer Protection administrator Sandy Chalmers says weights and measures team members are at different locations throughout the state every business day, testing scales, gas pumps and package weights.