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The Saga Of My Digital Bathroom Scales — I Get A Rather Nifty ‘BalanceFrom’ Scales From Amazon With No Bells & Whistles.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Ozeri Gen II goes on the blink — June 1, 2013.
>> Ozeri Gen II (ZB011) Digital Bath Scales … — Feb. 14, 2013.
>> Automatically BMI Calculating Digital Scales … — Jan. 27, 2013.
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It Sure Is Cold. I Vetoed My 5°F (-15°C) Threshold …
>>Jan 24, 2013.


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Nice big display and I like what it reads, 168.4 lb. That is below my target 169.


When my much prized Ozeri packed up last Friday (and I could not get hold of their Customer Support by telephone) I had little choice but to get another scale since i have to keep track of my weight — now that I am diagnosed pre-diabetic.

I decided that I did not need automatic BMI calculations — now that I know that my BMI is way below 25, plus I know how to manually calculate BMI. So decided to just get a ‘good’, reasonably priced digital scale with no features — other than giving me a readout of my weight.

Deanna found some for me but she was looking in the $40 mark. I did a quick perusal and saw this ‘BalanceFrom‘, reduced from $59.95 to $49.95 to $25 with FREE SHIPPING. It also had 990 decent reviews. I ordered it on Saturday, June 1 and got it on Tuesday, June 4! That is pretty damn good. Thanks.

I like the scales. The box was a work of art. The scales are simple but elegant with a nice large readout. I, so far, like what it says. I weighed myself before and after my run and there was a drop in weight. So, so far, so good.


On Sunday, no less, the day after I had placed the order for the new scales I get an e-mail from a very nice lady at Ozeri! She had seen my post (no doubt through a Twitter monitoring APP, given that WordPress automatically tweets all my posts).

She was very nice and wanted to send me a replacement Ozeri. I acquiesced because I did like my Ozeri. So I am supposed to be getting a new Ozeri with a return label for the old, malfunctioning unit.

Deanna wanted to know what I was going to do with the order I had placed. Obviously I did nothing. I was not going to cancel the order or return the product. It is not Amazon’s fault that I am getting a replacement and I am very reluctant to return things unless they are no good.

So, if the Ozeri arrives we will be a proud, two digital scales family. We have decided that we will have his and her scales. It will be fun to see how the two compare in terms of readings. Interestingly I might give the Ozeri to Deanna. I don’t need the BMI stuff. So if they are roughly in the same ball park in terms of readings I will keep this ‘BalanceFrom’. Of course I will share my tale.

The Ozeri Gen II (ZB011) Digital Bath Scale (With BIA) That I Adored Goes On The Blink. I Am Bummed.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Ozeri Gen II (ZB011) Digital Bath Scales … — Feb. 14, 2013.
>> Automatically BMI Calculating Digital Scales … — Jan. 27, 2013.
>>
It Sure Is Cold. I Vetoed My 5°F (-15°C) Threshold …
>>Jan 24, 2013.


The last two days have not been good when it comes to electronic equipment. Not sure whether it is a coincidence to do with the ‘instant’ heat wave we are having. Thursday night my workhorse PC blew up! Much to Deanna’s amazement I did not go off the rails — mainly because I had taken the precaution, years ago, of having a 95% the same, backup system, pre-configured and ready to go.

The next morning, as is my wont, I weighed myself. Scales worked fine. I then went for my run. When I came back I hopped on the scales again because it amuses me to see how much water I have expended during the run. I do that most days too. So nothing new. Same routine.

The scales went ballistic! Told me I weighted 420 pounds! I wish. I would write a book about that. The damn scales were going crazy. Numbers rotating on the display like non-stop.

I removed the batteries and re-seated them. It was still demented. I tried again. Tried to rest it. Then it started saying that my batteries were low. As it happened we happened to have two spare batteries — and it takes those round, flat batteries as opposed to AA, AAA or 9V.

Still won’t work. Now it won’t register a weight. It will give me all my stored information but when I stand on it it displays NADA.

I am not amused. I loved those scales. I sang their praises.

They have a 1-800 number. That is a joke.

Checked with Amazon. I had bought them in January. So the normal return window has expired. Yes, I can still return it for a partial credit. I only paid ‘$20’ in total for these scales due to some Amazon promotion. So in the end not worth bitching too much.

But, Ozeri — I would never buy one of your products again.

Deanna has found a few possibles … in the $40 range. Given my diet regime I do need to keep track of my weight. So … yet another expense.

A pox on Ozeri.