- Software Apps & Pricing
- Seasonal Sales
- Fund-Raising Events
- Consignment-Resale POS Sales
- Estate Liquidations
- Equipment Auctions
Various software programs can be categorized into groups:
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:
These are the disadvantages of cloud (web-based, Internet) software:
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 Best Consignment Shop 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:
Best Consignment Shop 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.
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.