One of the biggest advantages you’ll get from using ThunderPOS over a more generic system is the amount of information that can be set about each product in inventory management. These will give your store an advantage over using something like Lightspeed or Quickbooks. Many of these are specifically used for industries like a friendly local game store, a record store, or a vape shop.
There are many, many things you can set about every item. Some of them, virtually any point of sale worth using will have – things like the name of the item or the SKU. However, here we’re going to go over the more specialized ones.
First, your pricing array. ThunderPOS allows you to track new and used copies of the same item under a single item id. This also allows you to set up a variety of pricing and trade pricing. Depending on if you’re using the extended pricing option, you can use all the 1 and 2 trade fields. If you’re using percentage-based, A-E grading, you’ll just need to fill in Used Price and Trade Price.
In the bottom left are several optional settings. Discount Card is used for the item you want to set up to sell memberships to your customers, and you can attach promotions through this screen to these cards.
Use Serial Numbers will allow you to record the serial number for every copy of this item that is bought, traded, or returned to you. This is both useful for mandatory reporting, required of game stores in many locations, and to prevent scams like returning a damaged console after buying a different new one.
Preorders are another common request of game stores and record stores; you can set up an item to be preordered here, as well as a minimum deposit amount.
Service item is used for items where there is not a stock level to be recorded. This is very common for things like disc repairs.
Minimum age required can be used for enforcing rating on items like M Video games or R movies. For more information, another article was recently posted on this topic.
Along the right, the Display Pole fields can be used for displaying information when this item is sold on the customer display. This can advertise related items, or give other information to the customer.
The ASIN and Discogs ids are used for linking an item to their listings on Amazon and Discogs respectively. Discogs is essential for a record store, in particular, that might want to rapidly add product.
Notes are a free-form field, that can be shown optionally when selling an item. This can be a useful reminder to the cashier for information about a product.
Finally, the new and used pricing fields can allow you to set different prices for your ecommerce integrations, whether with Shopify or WooCommerce, than the in-store user will see.
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