For accurate measurements with my tape, I use an old shop trick and start at the 10" mark instead of skipping the first inch. That way, the numbers read 1 to 9 and I don’t have to remember to account for the missing inch.
I have been ordering from Rockler for almost 20 years and have found their products to be very inexpensive and of high quality. Shipping is fast even when an item is back ordered. The best prices I have found anywhere."- Orval - 08/07/2012