No-Fee Consignment Software provides unique features for conducting kids consignment or resale seasonal sales.
Resale more often refers to purchasing children's merchandise outright from others and reselling it.
Other 'retail' opportunities are possible, like purchasing kids-related items from suppliers (as opposed to individuals).
For all 3 types of transactions, No-Fee Consignment Software will keep track of inventory, process the sale of such items at POS and calculate consignor/store shares, profit and loss, for each item and for any chosen date range.
Consignment sales for little ones always involved a large number of items, nearly necessitating implementation of a 'Windows network' connecting multiple computers for POS (point of sale) checkout.
In addition a unique feature of No-Fee Consignment Software is multiple invoices - more than one can be open at the same time so if the person checking out wants to put the purchase on hold to look for other things, another invoice can be opened for the next person in line.
Another unique feature of No-Fee Consignment Software is sales based upon time periods and/or categories. For example, all kids clothing in a designated category could be discounted for that category only. All sales can be discounted for a stipulated period of time.
Contracts are typically not used as seasonal sales but in the event that one is needed, an editable agreement resides in the program. It can include definitions, meanings, processes and procedures on both side of the consignment agreement.
At the end of it all, the program produces a settlement function with payouts by cash, check, PayPal and store credit. Accounting reports are available per client and/or for a period of time.
The strongest objection to most 'children's sales software' is the repetitive cost. No-Fee Consignment Software is one payment for life-time use - by the person who purchases the software. Businesses conducting seasonal sales save considerably by owning the software (and hardware) for repeated use. There are no ongoing fees with Best Consignment Software but yet support is available when needed at rates well below local IT fees.
In order for a one-time or occasional sale to go smoothly, it must be planned well in advance and all equipment and software must be installed and tested thoroughly long before the planned date. We understand that you may have local talent available which may be perfectly suited for this purpose but regardless, we stand ready to assure that you will be prepared for the event.
'Reliability' is rule #1 at childrens sales events. These uncertainties are no-no's:
- Weaker laptops. The strongest computer of the bunch will be the host computer or 'server' hosting the software database. Wait times in part will be determined by the horsepower at each check-out station.
- Wireless networks are completely fragile and unreliable. If it's not possible to run cat6 or 7 Ethernet cables from each computer to a (central) router, we won't provide software for the sale.
- Weak routers, hubs and modems. A dual-band 3GB router must be used to enhance reliability.
- Web-based software has too many dependencies: Your Internet connection; the server hosting the sale (Where is it? Who controls/owns it? What security measures do it have?); the server's connection to the Internet.
With Virtual consignors/vendors can view their information online. Imagine the time saved no having to answer all those phone calls! They can add inventory which can be downloaded to BCSS on the server.
What is Consignment Sale Software?
- Software Apps & Pricing
- Seasonal Sales
- Fund-Raising Events
- Consignment-Resale POS Sales
- Estate Liquidations
- Equipment Auctions
Consignment Sale Software Apps:
Various software programs can be categorized into groups:
- Computer Software vs. Web-Based Apps
- Ownership vs. Rent
- 1 Payment vs. Ongoing Fees
- Full Disclosure vs. Hidden Costs
Computer Software vs. Web-Based Apps
Computer software installs on the shop's computer while web-based software resides on someone else's computer and requires an Internet connection to access it.
These are the advantages of computer software:
- Money is saved because an Internet connection is not needed.
- Money is saved because computer-based software costs way less than cloud software.
- By and large any software program runs fastest from the hard drive and RAM memory.
- The software resides on the shop's computer under the control of the shop owner.
- The computer can be disconnected from the Internet to prevent hacking and viral infections - assurance that client information is safe from intruders.
- The program can be installed on laptops to provide 'mobility'.
- The shop computer can be accessed from anywhere in the world using free remote-pc programs.
These are the disadvantages of cloud (web-based, Internet) software:
- The business relies upon complete strangers to provide the software program and website hosting.
- The business is dependent upon the Internet, the shop's Internet serviced provider and the equipment required to maintain an online connection.
- The software is NOT under the control of the person paying for it (usually the shop owner).
- The shop's client information is published on the Internet, often without clients' knowledge or permission, lending the shop owner to liability for safekeeping.
- Cost is a major disadvantage. Not only is it expensive to start but the cost escalates with an increase in things like number of clients or users, number of stations or locations.
- A hidden risk is that once locked into the software shop's are vulnerable to rate increases. Suffice it to say that once shop owners and employees have trudged through the pains of learning a software program, they are adamantly opposed to repeating the process in converting to another program with lesser cost.
- The business is literally floating on a cloud, entirely dependent upon other individuals, equipment and connections.
- Future software costs are open-ended and an irresistible temptation to software providers to exploit users with cost increases.
- There are no meaningful 'guarantees' as to 'up time' and 'security'. The software provider often does not provide the web hosting and therefore has no control over either, so any promises made about up time and data safety are meaningless.
- Assurances made by software providers and web hosts are rarely enforceable. No shop owner is likely to attempt to sue an software developer or a web host located out of state.
Software Ownership vs. Rent
Once upon a time every software program was 'sold'. The buyer was given a copy of the software on a disk allowing install of the software on any computer for life (or until the software became outdated with advancements in operating systems like Windows).
Not any more, with few exceptions. Software developers have pounced on the notion of 'software as a service' (SaaS) and have rushed to the market with one offer after another to pay continually to 'use' (rent) their software. The dream of course is to create and maintain a steady flow of funds from the bank accounts of shop owners to the bank accounts of software developers. As ridiculous as this sounds and is, apparently 'they' are managing to float the concept with a modicum of success.
It's rare but there are still a very small number of programs available for one (reasonable) price for lifetime use. (See No-Fee Consignment Software.)
It seems that software providers can't resist the practices of hiding the true costs of their offerings, partly because not one of them has ever been taken to task for fraud - the act of lying for financial gain. Over the past 20 years there's been plenty of it so here's what to look for when shopping for consignment sale software:
- To this day software salespeople will openly mislead prospective customers about 'support'. The most popular antic is to push the notion that annual support fees are 'optional' without giving equal weight pre-sale to the consequences of NOT paying the annual fee, which are:
- Essential software updates will be withheld.
- Support will be denied in any and all forms.
- Questions about how to use the program will be referred to a public forum where the inquirer can wait for a response.
- Vendors with 'optional support fees' have every intention of collecting those fees, otherwise the fees wouldn't exist.
- Vendors will wait until after the money-back period to disclose their ways and means of forcing support payments.
- Some vendors exclude certain tasks and services from the 'annual support plan' and charge separately for the exclusions when provided.
One-Time Payment vs. Ongoing Fees
No-Fee Consignment Software is the one software provider who still today provides a program that is owned by the shop, installed on the shop's computer and belongs to the shop owner for life for one payment.
To help matters further, the program is stepped in price so small or startup shops can run the entire operation from check in to payout of $395 and a common ink printer including consignment and resale, client and inventory tracking and the printing of labels, tags, agreements, receipts, reports, settlements and checks.
The agreement with the vendor is simple: Pay once. Take advantage of training videos and a live training session. Use the detailed illustrated user's guide to teach employees and feel free to call upon the company for help with anything IT related including computers, Windows, equipment, networks, additional training - for a reasonable fee. If no additional time is required of the vendor to provide additional services, no additional payment will ever be made.
Full Disclosure vs. Hidden Costs
Here is a way to protect yourself from price exploitation: Require any software vendor to provide a disclosure in writing of any and all possible fees related to the use of his/her software, giving you grounds to push back when those hidden fees start cropping up.
Secondarily insist upon a copy of the 'End User License Agreement'. It usually appears during installation of software. It's that screen that starts with something like 'Please ready this before using this product' and it is the common place where hidden fees and plans for an adversarial relationship are buried. It's the developer's CYA, "WEll it was disclosed in the EULA!".
Lastly, we've been watching con artists work this market since 2001, chief among them are three vendors in Florida - must have something to do with the sea salt and sink holes. If you're even remotely interested in doing business with someone from Florida, run it past us so we can demonstrate how they are lying to you.