There are a few reasons for demoing a software program prior to purchase. Primarily we want to know what it looks like, how dependable it is, how easy it is to use and that it has all of the features we need and possibly some features that are not required but 'nice to have'.
Software vendors make demos of their programs available for those reasons and others: A demo is a handy tool for reviewing software features and teaching how to use the functions. Of course it is the hope of most software providers that the shop uses 'real data', becomes accustomed to if not dependent upon the software, ultimately leading to purchase, which might be a reason why we see expensive software programs with demo periods of up to 90 days - get really get that entrenchment set in to the exclusion of considering any other software program.
A Brief Summary of Software Steps
Add a Client. (F2 key) If applicable, change the consignor % and check options to send mailing and sales reports. Print a crisp impressive Agreement in duplicate, now or later.
Add Inventory (F3) Add 1 item or several in batch. Different consignor % for each if needed. Discount by Age, Category, Consignor.
Print Price Tags One or several labels for the same item. Sheets or Thermal labels with/without bar codes. Select from a variety of label sizes. Adhesive and Nonadhesive
Make a Sale (F6) Sell rentals. Buy outright. Rent floor space. Use House Accounts to sell shop items. Multiple discounts and payment methods. Consignor or Employee Credit Sales. Layaways. Split Payments.
Process a Settlement (F7) Settle 1 or several. Settle for cash, check, store credit or gift certificate.
Pay Clients. Pay one buyer or consignor, a few or all. Pay by check, cash, store credit or gift certificate.
View Reports. Easy Access to any information including Total Sales, Tax Collected, Owed to Consignors, etc. Primary reports with one click.
Your coffee is still warm. Wrap things up. Go home. Time for family and friends with a less-stressed you...
Automated Daily Data Backups
Free Software Updates
Barcodes on Price Labels and Hang Tags
Discount and Tax by Category
Print Agreements Checks Receipts Reports
Batch Entry and Global Editing
Data Import and Export
Pass Credit-Card Costs to Clients (paid option)
We take pride in our customer satisfaction rating (95% - higher than Mercedes-Benz and Barnes & Noble).
BCS may very well be the ONLY program offering that doesn't employ a variety of strategies for deriving a steady flow of income from your business.
Web-based software has an endless monthly fee. The software stops working when payments stop. This is clearly the most costly form of 'consignment software'.
Vendors with 'optional annual support fees' have those fees in place for a reason: They are completely fully aware that you will need help from time to time and/or their software programs are going to have issues which require updating, so the plan is to withhold service and software updates to impose payment of those 'optional' fees. If they are there expect to pay them.
If you add additional computers you'll pay more for each copy and the amount of the annual support fee will be increased. The annual fee itself has been consistently increased over the past 20 years.
Future costs can be more than the initial outlay. If you open a second location web-based will double your monthly cost while our friend at Conpro will charge full price for another copy of the software.
The hidden cost of any software program is the future cost of replacing it when the 'creator' is no longer around. Case in point: 'Consign-pro' written and totally dependent upon one person for longevity. Not a good choice to pay $1300 plus for a home-made software program dependent upon one individual.
Every person, each item and each cat can have a specified 'consignor %' (the amount of sales paid to clients). A special tool allows for consignor % to be changed for all items for one person or for all clients.
Each category can be tax free, taxed at, taxed under, and each can have a unique discount schedule for discounting aging inventory.
Easy reports at the end of each day (week, month, quarter, year) let you know exactly how you're doing every step of the way.
Resale (Buy Outright, BOR)
Use the program to record information about sellers and the items they sell to you. (If something turns up fake, stolen or in question, the program will identify the seller.)
BCS keeps track of buy and sell prices, computes profit and loss.
As with consignment BCS supports POS equipment like scanners, drawers and receipt printers.
The program uses a shop account (or house account) to transact in merchandise purchased from suppliers, wholesalers, manufacturers, etc - other businesses.
Two types of rental sales can be conducted using BCS:
Mall floor space rental for collecting rent payments from vendors renting booths, display units, mall spaces, etc. The mall operator can make POS sales for vendors and deduct sales from monthly rent. A report is available showing who was short on sales for the month and the amounts. With Virtual vendors can access their account infor online and add inventory.
Merchandise can be rented out (DVDs, equipment, electronics, vehicles...)
Inventory control and management is extensive in BCS. The program auto assigns a barcode to each item entered into inventory. The barcodes are typically scanned at checkout and can be scanned to find an inventory record.
Each inventory item can be assigned to a category. Each category can have it's own discount schedule for automatic discounting of aging inventory as well as individual tax treatment.
Batch functions consolidate tasks making data entry and data changes 'global' for faster processing.
On the new-sale (invoice) screen up to five invoices can be opened at any time, allowing clerks to process the next person in line if the current checkout wishes to continue shopping. Sales can also be put on hold.
Any sale can be flagged as a layaway and a payment schedule can be completed at POS or later.
Sales can be discounted, by dollar amount or percentage per line item and per invoice. Invoices can be tax free (for resellers).
Any credit-card processor can be used with BCS as the program is not tied credit-card processing. Circling back to the competition, those 'integrated' with credit-card processing are probably getting a kick back from the processor on every sale.
Installing Software As the Ultimate Administrator
Note: If the computer was purchased from a retail store, it is possible that the 'Ultimate Administrator' for the computer is turned on (and you will not be able to install software).
For all Windows editions, Turn User Accounts off:
Try turning User Accounts off first (then attempt to install BCSS). Here's how to turn User Accounts off:
Go to Start > Control Panel > User Accounts and click on 'Change User Account Control settings'...
For Windows 7/8/10, turn User Accounts off by dragging the slider bottom to its lowest setting:
For Vista, UNCHECK the box and click OK:
With User Account Control off, try installing BCSS again. If Windows still won't allow it, you may need to assign yourself as the Ultimate Administrator on the computer:
If you've ever tried to do something as Administrator and were told (by Windows) that you didn't have the authority, you're probably not the 'Ultimate Administrator' on the computer. The Ultimate Administrator is a well-kept secret. It can be turned off (hidden) and hard to find. Here's how to turn it 'on':
Promote Yourself to Ultimate Administrator
Click on the Start Button.
Go to All Programs then Accessories.
RIGHT click on the Command Prompt and select 'Run as administrator' (giving you ultimate authority).
After the prompt type net user administrator /active:yes