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There are no sales slogans on this website - no irrational justifications for paying more for one consignment program over another - no hot-air promises and guarantees that have never been kept and never will be (like "Your consgnor's data is safe online, guaranteed!".
There are only facts in these pages - no opinions or subjective arguments. You will always have the opportunity to verify every word directly with each software vendor. All you'll have to do is ask, but, unfortunately, you will need to know the correct answers first because, quite simply, 'they' are out to get as much money from you as possible and they will lie to you about important expensive hidden costs and adverse provisions.
Answering a few simple questions will narrow your choice to the best software, hardware and services for your business.
Consignment Software Secrets
Would you knowingly spend well over $1,000 for a software program written, offered and maintained by one just person? This is one risk you must know about before getting suckered in. What happens to support for the software when he's off onto something else or is no longer with us?
Some programs will cost thousands of dollars over time and those add-on/hidden fees are not up on the home page for all to see. See which ones pile on fees and raise fees after purchase, and learn how to confirm all possible fees prior to purchase.
Do you want to pay annual service fees? That might sound like a silly question but not all software providers insist on a permanent stream of funds flowing from your business (disguised as 'annual service fees'). See which ones don't.
The cost to the store for credit-card processing can range from zero to 5-6%. For a consignment shop processing just $10,000 per month in card transactions, that's a range of $0 to $600 - as much as some store's monthly rent.
Trapping Software is, as the name implies, designed to drown its victims in a stream of endless fees for having made a serious misstep up front. Don't bother looking on vendor websites or in emails and phone conversations for warnings. Educate yourself, then confront those who practice these deceptions, and watch the shell games begin.
Who is the software 'company'? What about reputation and history in the consignment community? Is it a company of one? two? Most of them are.
Policy provisions, usage terms and agreements are important and often don't get the attention they deserve until a situation arises. See which snakes are in the grass.
If you choose the right provider, you'll own your copy of the software and will have the right to resell it later on. As with almost every other issue regarding consignment software, games are played with this aspect also.
Guarantees? The only meaningful guarantees which have been honored in the past have been for the replacement of defective hardware. When an individual acting as an LLC or corporation touts guarantees about reliability and data safety, dig deeper. In all likelihood there is no money behind those guarantees! Read the software vendor's 'terms and condition' legalese.
Understanding search results for 'consignment software' will go a long way if avoiding overpaying for software, hardware and service. Take a look at Google listings to see which software vendors are hoping you're going to pay their advertising cost.
Consignment labels and tags are an integral part of selling. Stores typically use thousands of them every year so an economical source of labels is a significant contribution to net profit.
Bashing competitors is a form of marketing carried out by at least 3 over-priced vendors who hope that bad-mouthing will eliminate lower-priced competition, when in fact these guilty parties are out to fleece the most from shop owners via high prices, hidden fees and ridiculous justifications for believing in them.
The Consignment Software Industry
The market for consignment software is very small, so small that no large software developer (like Microsoft or Sun) will develop a program for consignment stores, leaving the door open for any programmer with a computer and an Internet connection to create his own consignment program, put up a website and attempt to give the false impression of a multi-faceted company while offering his wares to supplement his income - not a solid foundation for your business - not to mention that all of them have dubious justifications for charging hundreds of dollars up front and ongoing costs one way or another. Throw in a couple of vagabonds trashing their competition and you have a good overall picture of the 'consignment-software industry'. Chilling, but true, so here's this guide for sorting wheat from chaff and choosing a consignment-resale program that will give your business optimal growth at minimal cost.