Consignment Business

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jarrodprice
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Consignment Business
29 Jan 2006
I have been entrusted with the task of clearing a warehouse filled with thousands of memorabilia items. I am looking for a management solution that will smoothly help me inventory the vast stock, bar code it, post it, manage the 200 plus weekly auctions at ease, print the shipping labels, import into quickbooks commission sheets etc.

I am wondering if I am best with a custom database solution, or a program like Auction Wagon, or Channel Advisor.

I will not be opening a store, and this will be my only client.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

[Last edited: 29 Jan 2006]
Herts, England United Kingdom
Andy
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Re: Consignment Business
7 Feb 2006
Hi, welcome to the forum

I would advise against building a custom solution to provide such a full feature set. It would be expensive to build and maintain, although it would work in exactly the way you want.

Take a look at the top-tier management solution providers like ChannelAdvisor Merchant and Marketworks, but you might do better with one of the consignment specialists .

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Raul
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Re: Consignment Business
7 Feb 2006
To my knowledge Kyozou is the only solution that could print out barcodable product labels and has complete ebay integration. It has solid inventory control and is fully compatible with bar code scanners.

A custom solution would cost you a bundle and would likely take a while to develop and its tough to envision exactly what you need prior to development. A number of solutions can handle the ebay part but Kyozou is the only one with full inventory control and complete shipping integration.
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Andy
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Re: Consignment Business
8 Feb 2006
You definitely get barcode support with the drop-off store software like AuctionWagon and Liberty 4 Trading Assistants.
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Raul
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Re: Consignment Business
9 Feb 2006
Andy, possbily but those are specialized drop-off type consignment packages. The OP needs to catalouge and invetorize large amounts of existing stock and I don\'t believe those products are designed for that. Kyozou is the only complete solution (like Marketworks, ChannelAdvisor, Andale etc) that has a physical inventory system that prints out barcodeable Inventory Labels, Every other system has somewhat of a virtual system - nothing else. As I use Kyozou I reccomend it for the OP\'s stated needs.
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Andy
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Re: Consignment Business
9 Feb 2006
The reason I suggested a consignment package is that they excel at handling large volumes of unique items - which is what I believe the original poster has. Drop-off stores have to inventory and list very high volumes.

Mainstream auction management solutions tend to focus on product lines, so they are often great for handling multiple identical items but cumbersome when every item is unique - the extra steps in the process for dealing with product lines get in the way.

Still, I am not familar with Kyozou and its barcode support certainly sets it apart from other web-based solutions.
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auctioning4u.co.uk
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Re: Consignment Business
24 Feb 2006
Disclaimer: The following response will be coloured by the fact that I manage a trading assistant business

I believe it is a major undertaking to sell hundreds of different items on consignment and would advise that before starting to speak to the experts. We have invested about £500,000 in software development, are in a purpose-built 14,000 sq.ft. warehouse and have about 40 people doing what you want to start. Why not getting a quote beforehand; at the least it will give you a better impression of what you need to do if you still want to go ahead on your own.

If you are interested call us on 0870 06 10000. And fairness requires for me to state there are others who can do this, you can find their details on the eBay Trading Assistant Directory.

Christian
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Raul
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Re: Consignment Business
24 Feb 2006
Christian,

Interesting service. Do you accept any consigned product from individuals or only companies? From what it sounds like it wouldn\'t make sense for someone like the OP who is selling on consignment in the first place. A bit strange to consign an already consigned product.
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auctioning4u.co.uk
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Re: Consignment Business
24 Feb 2006
Raul,

We gladly accept from individuals, charities, government organisations, companies and other trading assistants. Nothing wrong for an outsourcer to use an ohter outsourcing service.

I am slightly uneasy to push our own service here, so like to add there are others out there offering this kind of service.
Christian
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tonyh01
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Re: Consignment Business
28 Feb 2006
Hi Raul

Christian is correct. You would be advised to also look at allowing a specialist consignment company handle your sales rather than set up from scratch. You should also bear in mind that buyers feel more comfortable bidding when there is a professional listing and a substantial positive feedback of the seller will often obtain higher prices than individuals more than offsetting our costs.
We would also be very happy to look provide a quote. Although we don't have the infastructure that Cristian of Auctioning4u has we can provide a personal tailored service.
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Tony
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