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Consignment Software and Hardware Compatibility

Most barcode scanners and ink printers (bubblejet, inkjet, LaserJet, dot matrix) are compatible with Best Consignment Software.

If two or more computers are networked one printer can be used for all computers.

Best Consignment Software prints consignment and buy-outright agreements, checks, reports, sales invoices (receipts), address labels, price labels and hang tags (with or without barcodes) - on 8.5 x 11 stock.

Alternatively, receipts can be printed using thermal receipt printers and roll paper. With Diamond or Virtual editions labels and tags can be printed using thermal label printers and rolls of labels and tags.

Consignment Software Packages include a scanner, cash drawer and receipt printer. Volume discounts apply. For example the Diamond Edition ($595), the drawer ($119), the receipt printer ($284) and the scanner ($99) total $1,097. The Diamond Package includes all four items for $999 - no sales tax (except TX) or shipping added.

Used/refurbished equipment 'can work' but are not recommended. 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 send an email to consign@usa.com

Consignment Software and POS-X Equipment

POS-X manufactures POS equipment in Bellingham, WA. Their barcode scanners, cash drawers and receipt printers are compatible with Best Consignment Software.

POS-X equipment is delivered in 2-5 business days (depending upon location and availability) with 2-to-5-year warranties, 30-day DOA replacement, 2-day replacement thereafter (with optional paid 1-day replacement). Shipping is free in the U.S. and there is no sales tax (except TX).

Consignment Software and Barcode Scanners

Today's barcode scanners are 1D (one dimensional) and 2D (two dimensional). The former reads standard barcodes while 2D reads the same plus QR codes. Either can be used with Best Consignment Software.

To Windows, barcode scanners are mostly 'universal' meaning that like keyboards, they are input devices but rather than interpreting keystrokes, Windows reads information encoded in the vertical lines. So far any and all conventional and 2D scanners have proven to be compatible with Best Consignment Software.

Another similarity with other input mechanisms is that scanners are typically 'plug n play'. Windows will recognize the scanner when it's plugged in and ready itself for input from the device.

The ION Barcode Scanner ($99) is an inexpensive USB scanner which connects to the PC with a 6.5' cable. It has a 5-inch read range and a 4.7" read width. It reads all popular bar-code symbologies by pulling the scanner's trigger.

This scanner is included in BCSS Special Offers. The scanner can be upgraded to the EVO Laser Scanner. (Add $56.)

The EVO Laser Scanner ($149, Hand-Free Stand $20) is a shock-resistant tethered scanner with a reading distance of up to 14 inches. The hands-free stand is a nice convenience as barcodes can be read by passing them under the LED light.

The EVO 2D Laser Scanner ($248) is a two-dimensional (2D) scanner used to read QR codes. It can also scan digital displays including mobile devices.

Consignment Software and Cash Drawers

A cash drawer (or 'till') is part of a cash register. It's the 'drawer' that pops open when a sale is rung up and it's the place where currency and checks are stored.

A cash register is a cash drawer plus a receipt printer plus sales processing and end-of-day reconciliation of sales with the total of money in the drawer.

A register typically prints a receipt on 3-inch-wide receipt paper. The receipt includes the date, name of store (and address), invoice or transaction number, items purchased and quantity of each, sales tax, discounts, notes about the purchase and slogans like "Thank you for shopping with us".

Registers can be connected to barcode scanners, scales, check stands and credit-card/debit-card terminals. They can calculate sales tax and discounts, record details of transactions and record payment methods.

Registers can be used in conjunction with BCSS but that does require some additional double entry (unless the register is only being used as a cash drawer).

Best Consignment Software combined with a receipt printer and cash drawer supplant a cash register and perform the same functions including printing sales receipts.

new The Cash-Drawer-Balance feature in 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.

The POS-X Heavy-Duty Cash Drawer ($133 or $183) attaches to the receipt printer and opens when a sales receipt is printed. It can connect directly to the PC if a printer is not used ($183). The drawer can be locked.

Consignment Software and Thermal Receipt Printers

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

The ION Thermal Receipt Printer (5 x 6 x 6, $284) 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 TSC Label Printer can be substituted for the Receipt Printer for $100.

The following receipt printers work with BCSS to varying degrees. They are not supported (for free) 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 understand that items are used and mostly 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 thermal receipt printer ($284) unnecessary.

Consignment Software and Thermal Label Printers

TSC label printers are compatible with and recommended for Best Consignment Software and Windows 7/8/10. (See thermal labels for consignment.)

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