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State: Most metal resale shop scales accurate

Published On: Feb 10 2013 02:14:55 PM CST

MADISON, Wis. -

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 seller's 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 said those sellers can feel confident they are getting the most for their money.

The department's weights and measures team took a look at 129 scales at resale locations statewide and found they were accurate or tipped in the seller's favor 99 percent of the time.

Trade and Consumer Protection administrator Sandy Chalmers said that every business day, weights and measures team members are at different locations throughout the state testing scales, gas pumps, price scanners and package weights.

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