Canadian Shop Software
These are the best four inventory-accounting-POS (point of sale) management software programs, complete systems and solutions for Canadian (CA) consignment shops, resale-thrift stores and retail sales businesses selling used goods, crafts, books (by ISBN), art, antiques, designer handbags and even RVs. QuickBooks compatibility is included. There are options for mall floor-space rental, secondhand services and auctions. The programs receive top reviews and are priced way under web-based (cloud, online) products with no fees to infiniti.
Special features and provisions for resale in Canada
No-Fee Consignment Software has 2 tax fields for the various tax possibilities in Canada.
Some provinces add 13% to 15% for HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) and can report the total tax to the CRA.
Other areas of Canada don't add a local sales tax so the sales-tax rate is just 5%.
The software itself is available in 4 levels of ascending features and price. Stores just starting out and small shops often find the basic version (Intro, $295 USD) to be adequate for the basic tasks of processing consignment sales and producing reports. Inventory is entered at the time it is sold so there are no reports on in-store merchandise.
The Deluxe edition is the next step up ($395) and adds support for the use of barcodes, cash drawers and receipt printers. The Deluxe software/hardware package ($879) includes the software, drawer and printer. Data can be exported to .csv and QuickBooks formats.
The Diamond edition ($595) adds networking capability (connecting multiple computers at the same location to share the database), thermal label printing, employee management and mall floor-space rental.
Virtual makes it possible for clients to view their accounts and add inventory online (which can be downloaded at the shop). QuickBooks is also directly integrated with No-Fee Consignment Software so data export is not necessary.
All payments for the software and hardware are once for lifetime use. No forever payments. The prices are lower because there is no prepayment for support. There is also no payment for the work done by the software provider for keeping the software current (software updates). Neither are they monthly or annual fees for support.
Instead, a free live demo is included with purchase as well as a detailed illustrated user's guide and training videos. Help beyond the live demo is available at rates well below those charged by most local IT stores. That way, if you never need help you will not have paid money to a software vendor for 'nothing' and when you do need help, it will be readily available and affordable.
Click here to download the free 2-week demo for Canada Consignment Software.
Windows' Screenshots in Canada
Taking a Screenshot of the Monitor Display
The Windows Snipping tool is included in Windows Vista and later.
Use it to take a screenshot (snip) what you see on your monitor. The capture can be of an open window, a rectangular or free-form area or an entire screen.
The snip may be annotated using pens of different colors, a highlighter and an eraser.
The markup can be saved and sent via email to anyone (like tech support) making it an effective way to illustrate a condition or issue without having to type a lengthy report.
Capture a Snip
- Open the screen containing the area to be recorded.
- Click on start and type Snipping Tool in the search box.
- Click on Snipping Tool. The Tool screen will appear:
- Clicking on Options will display a list of variables. The default settings may be satisfactory:
- The default setting will be for a rectangular snippet. Click on the arrow to the right of New to select other options:
- Place the cursor at the upper-left corner of the area to be snipped.
- Hold the left mouse button down and drag the cursor to the lower-right area to be snipped and release the mouse button.
- Use the pen to write, the highlighter to highlight and/or the eraser.
- To email the snippet, click on the Email icon and select one of the two options:
- Click on the Save icon to start the process of saving the capture.
- Click on New to start a new capture.
Problem Steps Recorder
Windows Vista and up include a method for recording actions (steps) taken on a computer. Text can be added to notate the capture and screenshots can be included in the recording. The steps can be saved then sent to tech support.
- Create a folder on the computer for saving captures.
- Click on Start and type Problem Steps Recorder.
- Press return to open this window:
- Make sure all of the BCSS screen is viewable. A better recording may result if the program window doesn't stretch across the entire width of the monitor. This is optimal view:
- To begin recording, press Start Record.
- Go through the steps that produce the problem. (Anything typed will not be recorded.)
- The recording can be paused.
- Click on Stop Record to finish recording.
- Type a name for the file. It's useful to use your shop name, a date and a couple of words identifying the nature of the capture, like canada-6-7-20-error1919.
- Navigate to and click on the folder created in step 1.
- Windows will save the file as a zipped (compressed file).
- To send the capture to tech support, open an email, attach the file, address the email to firstname.lastname@example.org and write a message including your name, shop name and a brief note. Mention any act or action that may have produced the problem (power surge/failure, lightning, closing BCSS during a process, etc.).
In most cases tech support will return repaired files on the same day with instructions for applying the files and program update.