Barcodes in Consignment and Resale Stores
An efficient consignment/resale software program will make barcodes optional and will automatically assign codes as inventory items are being recorded.
It is safe to say that any shop currently employing barcodes as a means of tracking and selling inventory might rather close its doors than give up the convenience and cost savings of bar codes.
While those vertical hash marks may be meaningless to the human eye, they contain details of items which when read (by a bar-code reader or 'scanner'), let the software program know which item is being referenced.
Scanning a barcode at POS instantly populates the new-sale screen with details about the item being purchased: Item ID, Description, Price, Quantity and Consignor, making this method of data entry highly preferable to alternate methods which require choosing items from lists and typing in item information (like the bar-code numbers).
To Windows, bar-code scanners are mostly 'universal' meaning that like keyboards, they are commonly-accepted input devices but rather than interpreting keystrokes, Windows takes in the information encoded in the bars from the scan. So far any and all conventional and 2D scanners have proven to be compatible with BCSS.
Another similarity with other input mechanisms is that scanners are typically 'plug n play'. XP, Vista, 7 or 8 will recognize the scanner when it's plugged in and ready itself for input from the device.
Bar codes used in consignment and resale shops are mostly 12 digits in length. The first 6 digits are the manufacturer's ID and the next 5 are the item number. The 12th digit is known as a 'check' or 'cut' digit which lets the scanner know if the number was scanned correctly. This is not necessary with BCSS so it is usually necessary to configure or calibrate the scanner to 'cut' (ignore) the 12th - by reading this code (or one applicable to the make/model):
Two types of new scanners (with 5-year warranties) are available from BCSS: the POS-X EVO Laser (which sits in a hands-free stand) and the ION Linear (which requires pulling the trigger each time to read). (See BCSS Hardware for details and images.) Scanners are mostly maintenance free and support is free from the manufacturer as well.
All editions of BCSS (except Intro) support the use of barcodes. This technology is extremely inexpensive when compared to the time and cost savings stores enjoy by utilizing it. Along with thermal price labels, barcodes are high on the list of 'must haves' for any store selling or reselling inventory.