My wife and I bought this scale because she often works with large recipes in the kitchen and I have a beer brewing hobby. We picked up this scale at a local department store because it was cheap, and we got what we paid for. Since it is powered by batteries, it is programmed to conserve power - which would be great if it didn't shut off right in the middle of weighing something! This is very irritating when your hands are full, you've got stuff all over the counter, time is critical because you're trying to work with hot things and weigh something at the same time, and right when you start weighing something the stupid scale shuts off. Really stupid, poor, idiotic design. Seems like a big "duh" to me - who the heck designed this thing? Argh... just writing about it makes me mad. Look at my other reviews on here and you'll see I don't typically bash products. But this thing sucks so bad I had to get on Amazon and warn the world.
I'm used to laboratory Mettler Toledo scales which are flawless and accurate beyond milligrams, but I haven't found a good scale for the kitchen yet in a practical price range. Don't buy this scale... if it didn't mean that sales would increase, I'd buy a bunch of these and burn them to save the next guy.