the weighing scales at our public market

@SIMPLYD (82965)
Philippines
May 28, 2012 1:41am CST
I have noticed and observed that the weighing scales at our public market is not of correct measurement. One kilo of big mangoes is only 3 mangoes. But when I bought at the supermarket, one kilo is 4 big mangoes ! Now, I know where to buy fruits in kilos from now on.
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@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
28 May 12
That's the reason why I prefer to buy from supermarket. We thought it would be cheaper to buy from our local market- but we are cheated by the weight. It is also less messy at supermarket
@SIMPLYD (82965)
• Philippines
29 May 12
Correct, jaiho ! That, i realized too. Now the public market will be losing customers because of those calibrated manual weighing scales.
@toniganzon (53346)
• Philippines
28 May 12
I just hope DTI would check on that. In my hometown our DTI officers would usually conduct a regular check and calibrating of the weighing scales in public markets. Then they would put a stickers on them so that buyers would be aware whose scales were checked. A corresponding fine are given to those whose scales are not calibrated or are wrongfully calibrated.
@SIMPLYD (82965)
• Philippines
29 May 12
My mother-in-law told me that when she was still working, she would always go around the public markets to see who have defective weighing scales. And like you said, those with wrongful calibration will be fined. But she said now the public markets which she frequents before as a DTI personnel, weren'y visited by a DTI personnel anymore. It's evidenced by the proliferation of wrongful weigh scales.
@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
28 May 12
Hi SimplyD I was of the thought that only the hand held weighing machines (much in use here at the local markets) are easy to manipulate. But one day something similar happened here - they used the electronic weighing machine and then too we got the ugly side. Like you, my wife found out that they do play out some foul games with those electronic ones too and a kilo of tomatoes is actually 900gms when weighed on another machine... Since then, we have started going to the retail chain super malls - at least they do provide us with a proper bill and reciept specifying the weight and price.
@SIMPLYD (82965)
• Philippines
29 May 12
That's right sids, those manual weighing scales can be manipulated to cheat the buyers. But i didn't know that those electronic ones can be too? And you are right , to be sure , just buy from the super malls. At least we are sure that they have correct weighing scales. I just hope the stall at the mall where i always buy my peanuts by grams is also of correct weight.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
28 May 12
those are scammers! sometimes there are vendors who try their best to fool customers so they could earn more..
@SIMPLYD (82965)
• Philippines
28 May 12
Yes, and they have fooled me with the first time. But they cannot me fool me now, because i might as well buy from those that have the digital weighing scale. Not the one with a tin like palanggana.
@ardoy0731 (6865)
• Philippines
28 May 12
Its been a long time since I went to the public market.I like to go there during tiangge to buy cheap stuffs. As I saw in news before,there are some public markets has unfair weighing scales which show incorrect measurement.I guess you better call the attention on your local government or barangay regarding that matter so that those act should be stop.
@SIMPLYD (82965)
• Philippines
28 May 12
yes, i think it's time that i call the Dept. of Trade and Industry, because that's there job. That's one of the duties of my retired mother-in-law when she was still at DTI. That's why when she buys, she accosts the vendor when she sees that the weighing scale is tampered. Other who still knew her, would try to calibrate their weighing scales when they see her buying from them.