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'Hardware' - Scanners - Cash Drawers - Printers

Compatibility

Most ink or dot matrix printers and bar-code scanners are compatible with Best Consignment Shop Software. POS-X and TSC equipment is compatible with and recommended for BCSS and Windows XP, Vista, 7/8/10.

Any printer or scanner must complete a self test before it can be used with BCSS.

Free POS-X receipt-printer support: 800-790-8657

Free TSC label-printer Support: 657-258-0808

Free labels support: Aaron Karan, Kenco Labels, 800-537-3336

Used/refurbished equipment is not recommended or supported. For help with all hardware, including used/refurbished equipment and equipment purchased elsewhere, please contact the supplier or Joy Archer, Office: 972-898-7921, enjoybundles@gmail.com


BCSS Hardware Super-Saver Advantages

Fair Pricing

Purchasing hardware from the software provider is convenient, but at what cost? For example, the TSC 244 printer is $349. Elsewhere it's nearly $500 plus $100 'per incident' for help with the printer after just 30 days. (Resaleworld)

Cables, installation CDs and manuals are included in quoted prices.

Reliability

POS-X equipment is delivered to most locations in 2 business days. Each piece carries the assurance of 3-to-5-year warranties, 30-day DOA replacement, 2-day replacement thereafter (with optional paid 1-day replacement). The TSC printer has a 2-year warranty and ships in 3-4 business days. We don't recommend Zebra printers.

Volume Discounts

Consignment stores often start on shoe-string budgets. We help with discounts on larger orders. For example, BCSS Diamond ($595), the drawer ($119), receipt printer ($284) and scanner ($99) totals $1,097. The Diamond Package includes all four items, cables, installation CDs, manuals, no sales tax (except TX) and shipping for $999.

Deluxe, Diamond and Virtual Hardware Packages include the ION Scanner, the Cash Drawer, and the ION Receipt Printer. The ION scanner can be upgraded to the EVO Laser Scanner ($56). The TSC Label Printer can be substituted for the Receipt Printer for an additional $100.



Barcodes and Scanners

BCSS Deluxe, Diamond and Virtual read and write bar codes. (See Barcode Inventory for details.)

Price labels can be printed with all BCSS editions using a standard ink printer and sheet labels. A thermal label printer and rolls of thermal labels can be used with Diamond or Virtual. (See Labels.)

Scanning a bar code at POS enters the item on a new-sale invoice. The entry includes the item's ID and description, price and the owner (consignor). BCSS auto enters a quantity of 1, taxes and 'buyer fee' (if applicable). Those entries may be edited.

ION Barcode Scanner ($99)

The ION is an inexpensive tethered scanner which connects to the PC with a 6.5' USB cable. It has a 5-inch read range and a 4.7" read width. It reads all popular bar-code symbologies. This scanner is included in BCSS Special Offers. (3-Year Warranty. 2-Day Advance Replacement Protection. Overnight fee-based Replacement Service.)

EVO Laser Scanner ($149, Hand-Free Stand $20)

The Laser Scanner is a shock-resistant tethered scanner with a reading distance of up to 14 inches. The hands-free stand is a nice convenience at busy POS stations. Also included are the configuration software, a manual and USB cable. This scanner is available as an upgrade (from the ION model) in BCSS Special Offers for $56. (5-Year Warranty. 2-Day Advance Replacement Protection. Overnight fee-based Replacement Service.)

EVO 2D Laser Scanner ($248)

This two-dimensional (2D) scanner is used to read the barcodes on the backs of government-issued IDs as well as price barcodes. It can also scan digital displays including mobile devices, making it great for reading mobile coupons.

ION Bluetooth Wireless Scanner ($492)

The ION Bluetooth scanner is wireless with a range to 328 feet and a reading distance up to 14 inches. It is shatter resistant. The scanner is rechargeable with a battery life up to 50,000 scans. This scanner is available as an upgrade in the BCSS Special Offers for $393. (3-Year Warranty. 2-Day Advance Replacement Protection. Overnight fee-based Replacement Service.)

Each scanner is shipped free of charge with a user's guide, cable (and power supply where applicable).


Cash Drawer / Receipt Printer (DOES NOT PRINT PRICE LABELS)

A cash register is different from a cash drawer. All cash registers have a cash drawer (for storing money). A cash register records sales and provides a printout at the end of the day for balancing the cash drawer. Best Consignment Shop Software, a receipt printer and a cash drawer act as a 'cash register'.

A receipt printer prints (on 3-inch-wide roll paper, left) showing the details of the sale: date, items, quantity, price, subtotal, tax, total amount.

  The Instant-Cash-Drawer-Balance feature in BCSS Diamond or Virtual tracks each salesperson's balance in real time and determines how much cash should be in the till at any time. Multiple employees can transact from the same POS station or on the same network by logging in and out and maintaining separate drawers.

POS-X Heavy-Duty Cash Drawer ($119 or $158)

The Cash Drawer ($119) attaches to the receipt printer and opens when a sales receipt is printed. It can connect directly to the PC ($158). Either way it can be opened in BCSS by pressing a keyboard key. The drawer has a lock and key.

ION Thermal Receipt Printer (5 x 6 x 6, $284)

This is a 'silent' jam-free thermal printer which prints 1 or more copies of 1-ply RECEIPTS (not price labels). Font size and density can be changed. Messages and logos can be printed.

The following receipt printers work with BCSS to varying degrees of success and are not supported or recommended: (EASYSET A9 MiniPrinter (some odd characters possible), Epson M-188A, TM6000II, TM-T88, TM-T88IV and TM-U220, Samsung SRP350, SNBC BTP-2002NP, Star SP212, TSP600/700, TSP 613 and DP8340)

Each POS-X drawer and printer is shipped free of charge with a guide, cable and installation CD. Support is free (800-790-8657). (3-Year Warranty. 2-Day Advance Replacement Protection. Overnight fee-based Replacement Service.)


Is a Dedicated (Expensive) Receipt Printer Necessary?

Patrons of consignment stores know they are purchasing used merchandise. They have the opportunity to inspect items before purchase and they understand that items are being sold 'as is'. They typically accept (if not expect) a 'no-return policy' so in many cases, it is not necessary to print a receipt. Moreover, many customers are satisfied with the credit-card transaction receipt. Of course hand-written receipts would also be acceptable for purchases with few items.

Every edition of BCSS has a built-in receipt that can be printed in the Excel Invoice format with any laser-style printer on a full sheet of paper, which may be sufficient for an occasional receipt, making a costly thermal receipt printer ($284) unnecessary.

In Diamond and Virtual Specials the thermal LABEL printer can be substituted for the thermal RECEIPT printer for $100 more, so money is being invested in a printer that will be used more frequently. The labels will be cheaper than sheet labels (about 1c each). They will be easier to produce and they will look more attractive. (Deluxe does support a thermal RECEIPT printer but not a thermal LABEL printer.)

To substitute the LABEL printer for the RECEIPT printer on the order page, place a 1 in the box named 'Special/Label Printer'.



Thermal Label Printers

BCSS prints 2" to 4"-wide horizontal thermal labels (adhesive labels and non-adhesive hang tags) - from 1" to 4" high using the TSC TDP-244/246/247 or 2" horizontal labels with the TSC TDP-225. Bar codes may be printed on labels (or not). (See labels for consignment stores and About Barcodes.)

Used/refurbished printers and Zebra printers are compatible but they are neither recommended or supported, however, support for any hardware is available from Joy Archer, Office: 972-898-7921 Cell: 843-714-5894, enjoybundles@gmail.com

These direct thermal printers use a thermal printhead that applies heat to chemically-treated paper, creating the print on labels. A black line (adhesive) or gap (non-adhesive) across the back forces the printer to print before moving forward, so there is less waste.

Refer to the label chart in the BCSS Manual for label types and sizes. (Buy tags from Barcode Warehouse.)

The TSC printer (9 x 6 x 11) is $349 and 2550 2" x 1" labels are $7-8. Printing cost is less than printing sheet labels because there's no ink or ribbon and fewer labels are wasted (from paper jams, out-of-ink runs, smeared labels, etc). It is easier to print one or several labels.

There are 3 options with sheet labels: Adhesive 2 5/8 x 1 (with bar code) and 1 3/4 x 1/2 (too small for bar codes); Non-adhesive 4 x 1 'hang tag' (with bar codes).

There are 16 varieties and sizes of thermal labels, all with optional bar codes, ranging from a 2.25 x .5 jewelry label to a 2-part tear-off hang tag to 4 x 4 adhesive label.


Touchscreen Monitor

The BCSS Sales Screen supports any touchscreen monitor.


Windows Software - The Operating System

Microsoft Windows is an 'operating system' (OS). Every computer must have an operating system to run other programs and hardware. Operating systems perform basic tasks such as installing other software, recognizing input from the keyboard and scanners, sending output to the monitor, keeping track of files and directories on the hard disk, and controlling devices such as optical drives and printers.

Windows 7/8/10 and Vista

The following are the MINIMUM requirements for Windows 7/8/10 alone:

  • Processor = 2 GHz or faster
  • RAM = 1 GB
  • Disc Space = 16 GB 32 bit; 20 GB 64 bit
  • Video = DirectX 9 capable device with WDDM 1.0 or higher
  • Clean installation suggested with no bloatware.

For BCSS purposes, RAM should be at least 4GB (8-16GB for larger stores) and the processor should have a clock speed of 3.0GHz or more.


Laser Printers

BCSS (and any ink or dot matrix printer) can print consignment agreements, checks, reports, sales invoices, address labels, price labels and hang tags (with or without bar codes) - on 8.5 x 11 sheets.

Disadvantages of printing invoices and labels this way are inconvenience, ink and paper usage and labels wasted from paper jams and out-of-ink runs.

Similarly, price labels and hang tags can be printed at lesser cost over the long run using a thermal label printer and BCSS Diamond or Virtual.


Laser Printers

If color printing is not necessary, purchase any Hewlett Packard low-end black and white printer with a paper feed. For a few dollars more, purchase their All-In-One copier-fax-printer-scanner.


Flash Drives - External Storage Devices


USB Flash Drive

A flash drive (edge memory, pen drive, memory stick) is a data storage device that plugs into the PC's USB (universal serial bus) port. They are used for storing data backups and for transferring data between PCs.

Flash drives are faster than floppies, hold more data and are more reliable because they do not have moving parts. They are preferable to CDs because they can be updated whereas CDs cannot. For most consignment shops, capacity of 2GB is sufficient. Sticks may be purchased online for about $10.