'POS' stands for 'point of sale' which is the point at which sales take place. Typically in consignment and resale shops, customers bring items to checkout for purchase. The merchandise is entered into an 'invoice'. The software considers discounts (if any), computes the sales total and displays change due where applicable. The software also records the sale and provides options for printing receipts. Other features may be available and vary from one app to another.
A 'system' for consignment and resale shops includes processing software, a computer, cash drawer, a barcode scanner and thermal receipt and label printers.
Computers are the essential pieces of equipment for POS. For any consignment-software program a Windows computer should have at least 2.5GHz processing speed (clock rate) and 8GB of RAM. Shops that will have 1,000's of inventory items should strive for 3.5GHz and 16GB.
No-Fee Consignment Software installs on one or more local Windows-based computers or laptops. Where more than one computer is used at the same location, the computers are connected with Ethernet cables to a 'router' which 'routes' data between the main and remote computers.
A cash drawer has a lock and stores money and valuables. It connects to the receipt printer and pops open when a receipt is printed. Stores with no-return policies may not need to print receipts (because receipts have no purpose) so Best Consignment Software has options to print receipts on plain paper and to connect the drawer to the PC so the drawer can be opened with a key press. (The drawer also doesn't open for credit-card sales.)
A thermal receipt printer prints sales information on 3'-wide thermal receipt paper.
A thermal label printer does not print receipts. It only prints adhesive price labels and non-adhesive hang tags (from rolls). An editions of Best Consignment Software can print labels and tags from sheets using an ink printer.
POS Data and Redundancy
Preservation of data is critical and must be done on external devices and in 'the cloud'. Why? Redundant backups in several places almost assures that when all else fails, at least one location will have recoverable data.
Another form of redundancy is having backup equipment on hand. If the hard drive on the computer crashes or becomes irrecoverably infected with malware, it's simple enough to plug in a backup computer, reinstall the software and restore the last data backup. The chances of hard drive crashes increases rapidly as computers age.
Best Consignment Software is a combination of inventory control, client and employee management, label printing, barcoding, sales (POS) and settlement processing and reporting. It's one of the last programs for consignment and resale shops that has no ongoing never-ending fees.
Lease Consignment Software
- Pay $99 down.
- Use it for 6 months.
- Lock one-time prices in.
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Typical Software Leases
Payment for every known lease program is ongoing. The software provider controls the software and will shut the software down when payment stops.
The No-Fee Consignment Software Lease
- 1. Pay $99 down to get started.
- 2. Use the program for six months -
- 3. Then decide whether to purchase the software or not
Your payment locks in today's prices so if there were to be a price increase, today's prices would be honored:
Heads up: 'Consignpro' is one person, Brian Wilson. He offers a $99/month 'lease' and says that the payment lasts for as long as the software is in use. Great for him. Bad for consignment store owners. When pressed as to why anyone would pay forever for a program that is (way over) priced at $1,400 his response was "Ok, 2 years to lease then". (We saved the email.)
Most software providers will garner more money after purchase than the cost of the software itself. There's an entire maize of add-on fees post-purchase.
Most vendors have been at this for a long time, honing their skills at prominently displaying selling points pre-sale while doing their best to avoid discussions about post-purchase fees. With BCSS, there are none. If you find this all too confusing, call us for the facts - not opinions.