Pat DriesParticipant5 months, 1 week ago
Best pricing system for non-profit thrift shop?
We are looking for new pricing option for our $600K thrift shop that currently uses the colored tags method with a different tag color every month. Our wide range of inventory (accessories, clothing, shoes, housewares, furniture, books, electronics, linens, toys, floral, etc) is all donated by the public so we never know what will come in the door. Pricing is currently done by each department and there are hundreds of donations a week in each department. I’m having hard time seeing how a POS system could efficiently work for us and cut down on the time to price donations. Ideas?
Pat Dries5 Replies
Amanda NormanModerator5 months, 1 week ago
Thank you for your question. You might take a look at MicroBiz Cloud. They offer thrift store features including multi-dimensional inventory grid, group pricing or discounts, and markdown management. POS systems are worth looking into, because they can combine inventory, management, and other business functions in one place.
You can also check out this article on 8 Best POS Systems for Small Business, if you’d like to compare.
Hope this helps!
- This reply was modified 5 months, 1 week ago by Amanda Norman.
Catherine MarsdenModerator5 months, 1 week ago
In addition to MicroBiz Cloud. Bepoz is another POS system that works with thrift stores. Bepoz features pricing colors, schedules, and changes. The products can be entered by barcode scanning or via the touch screen interface. For more information on Bepoz and to schedule a free demo, click here
Justin WernhamParticipant5 months, 1 week ago
Laura HandrickMember5 months, 1 week ago
I volunteer at a local thrift mall (over 5K ft of inventory) where we save oodles of time by not pricing each item, but instead pricing by category / exception only. For instance, all women’s blouses are $3 (untagged), all shorts are $2.50 (untagged). Prices are posted on the wall. We only price items that are out of the norm — designer dresses for example, or vintage stereo systems. Items that are similar, ie pillowcases, tablecloths are all priced by kind, with no tags. That saves us an enormous amount of time that would otherwise be spent pricing / tagging each item. (Yes, sometimes shoppers will find a great deal — and tell all their friends about it — but since our cost of goods is $0, we don’t worry about selling one bedspread at less than market value.)
We also don’t have markdown sales based on the age of a particular item, but rather we do our sales based on having too much of a certain kind of item, such as too many coats in early March. That way we don’t worry about marking down each item — instead we mark down the entire category — sofas for example, or winter coats.
The reason we don’t use a POS (other than for credit card processing) is that we don’t use the sales by category/product data for ordering/replenishing — our donations are completely random, so knowing that we sell more kitchen tables than TV units doesn’t help us. We’re only going to get what we get and have to make the best of what is donated.
Hope that helps.
Laura, HR Staff Writer and long-time volunteer (& pricer) for SVdP Shopping Mall.
Pat DriesParticipant4 months, 3 weeks ago
Do you not find customers taking the price tags off the exception items so they get them for the unit price? We often find our boutique priced items’ tags pulled off of clothing in hopes the folks at the register will assume it was a unit item. We also have customers who will swap price stickers or remove a lower priced sticker from an item and put to over the original price on a more expensive item. I can see this happening a lot more often with what you are suggesting.