I'm a home brewer and got this to go with my UltraShip 55 to weigh ingredients. I like it fine. There really isn't much to it - it's a fairly lightweight piece that fits snuggly over the top of the plastic scale platform. When you turn the scale on, it seems to automatically compensate for whatever wight this part might add. I think the real value is that it's easy to take off and clean. So, if you spill something, just wash this, not the scale itself. Not a necessity by any stretch, but for the price, well worth it.