The scale came in a sturdy cardboard box that would provide ample protection during shipping. I was happy to see that batteries came with the scale since when I order tech I usually forget about the batteries. The scale itself is very light weight and very accurate. As you swap items on and off, the readings are always consistent. The tare function works very well and is easy to use. Being able to change between grams, ounces and pounds is very handy. This scale would look great in any kitchen!