For future reference, don't be chintzey when buying a scale because the weight gods apparently don't like a cheapskate.
Last week I ordered a scale off of Target.com. I went for the cheapest one that was at least semi-aesthetically pleasing. And by that I mean it would probably just blend into the background in the bathroom. It came yesterday and I freaked when I stepped on it.
No. No no no. Wrong wrong wrong.
First off, the heaviest I've been is 235 and that was 4 years ago when I was sunk in depresssion. Second, if I weighed 240 I seriously doubt any of my clothes would fit me at all. My skinny minnie roommate then came and stepped on it and when it registered at 155 she gave a little yelp and said, "Uh, yeah, that's broken." (We'll just overlook for right now that 155 is my goal weight and that she's 3 inches taller than me).
So $15 is apparently not enough to fork over for a scale and to expect it to work.