Drawers, Printers and Scanners
Most ink or dot matrix printers and bar-code scanners are compatible with Best Consignment Shop Software.
POS-X scanners, drawers and receipt printers and TSC label printers are compatible with and recommended for BCSS and Windows XP, Vista, 7/8/10.
Free POS-X support: 800-790-8657
Free TSC label-printer Support: 657-529-7074
Any printer or scanner must complete a self test before it is used with BCSS.
Free labels support: Kenco Labels (800-537-3336) or Barcode Warehouse (888-422-9249)
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 our support (for paid assistance): 888-427-5779 or email@example.com
BCSS Hardware Super-Saver Advantages
Purchasing hardware from a software provider is convenient, but at what cost? For example, the TSC 244 printer is $349. Elsewhere it's $500 plus $100 'per incident' for help with the printer after just 30 days. (Resaleworld)
Cables, installationhasing hardware from a softwareCDs and manuals are included in quoted prices.
POS-X equipment is delivered to most locations in 2 business days with 2-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. Zebra printers aren't recommended but 'should work'.
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 print and read 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 or shop). BCSS auto enters a quantity of 1, taxes and 'buyer fee' (if applicable). Those entries may be edited.
Each scanner is shipped tax-free (except TX) and free of charge with a user's guide, cable (and power supply where applicable).
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' without some of the more recent improvements to cash registers.
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.
A receipt printer prints on 3-inch-wide roll paper with the details of the sale: date, items, quantity, price, subtotal, tax, total amount.
Each POS-X printer is shipped tax-free (except TX) and free of charge with a guide, cable and installation CD. Support is free (800-790-8657).
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)
Is a Receipt Printer Necessary?
Patrons of consignment stores know 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.)
Thermal Label Printers
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.
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.)
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.
Refer to the label chart in the BCSS Manual for label types and sizes. (Buy tags from Barcode Warehouse.)
Used/refurbished printers and Zebra printers are compatible but they are neither recommended or supported, however, support for any hardware is available from Richard Ripps, 646-529-9450, Richr@realizetechnology.net
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.
BCSS System Requirements
Best Consignment Shop Software is a Windows program. Apple says Windows programs can run on a MAC with Windows and their Basecamp software installed.
Windows 7/8/10 and Vista
The following are the MINIMUM requirements for Windows 7/8/10 alone:
- Processor = 2 GHz or faster
- RAM = 4 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 3.0 GHz or more.
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 monitors and printers, keeping track of files and directories on the hard disk, and controlling devices such as cameras, optical drives and printers.
Flash Drives - External Storage Devices
Flash drives are faster than disks, hold more data and are more reliable because they do not have moving parts. For most consignment shops, capacity of 4GB is sufficient. Sticks may be purchased online for about $10.