Giant mistake

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Giant mistake
18 Dec 2017
My place of work, a small local chain of about 8 stores started using Basil 2 years ago. On paper, it looked very promising, with some very cool features sure to make our jobs easier, and the people in charge of Basil did a very good job of upselling it.

The reality? Basil was a giant mistake. Even 2 years after the fact, it remains a broken and bug riddled system. It's almost like a beta of a full product, and at it's worst, it feels more like an early alpha. Everyone who works at the store level, hates the system. Those who work on the office level, don't feel much better.

Now, Basil is a fairly new company, and all new companies have a learning curve, but good customer service can save that. Sadly, in Basil's case, the customer service ranges from abysmal to downright non existent. Some of the time, when you try to report a bug, or any other problem for that matter, you receive an email reply that just informs you that your problem has been passed along to Basil support. That is the last you will ever hear on the matter, and your problem will likely never be solved. What happens the rest of the time? They just outright ignore you. One of our managers emailed them, just trying to get an update about a problem that was reported. He asked them over 10 times. His email was ignored every single time without even a single exception. Now, I don't know how your store runs, but I find it safe to say that in most jobs, a person would likely be fired for that level of neglect towards a client.

Basil also designed it's system to be the very opposite of idiot proof. Everybody makes mistakes, and when you have more than 100 employees, law of average says mistakes will happen fairly often, even on a well run ship. Does basil show any interest in adjusting things to be more forgiving? Nope.

One such bad mechanic that our company has repeatedly asked for them to implement, they have outright told us will never happen because they do not see the value in it. Now, the specific issue I speak of (one of many) is that they do not believe in negative numbers in their inventory.

Here's an example of how this is a big problem. Let's say, one of your employees accidentally double rings an item, and does not notice til after the sale. Unfortunate, but it happens. It's an easy fix of course. You just void it out or refund that second copy, easy peasy and you're done. Now, if you have 2 or more copies of said book, it won't be that easy. Let's say you only had one copy of this book that rings up twice. Now with most inventory systems, that second copy would bring the inventory count to a total of -1, but not Basil. You sell 1 copy, it takes your total to 0. You sell 2 copies, it still takes your total to 0. And when you try to refund the customer for that extra non existent copy? It increases your inventory to 1.

Now, you may be thinking "Well that's easy, you just adjust the inventory count right after." But the issue is, it can be busy in retail. You might forget to do that. You might not even realize that refund created an inventory discrepancy to begin with. Not until much later when you're scouring the store looking for that single copy that's supposed to be there. You'll realize the mistake then. Too late. You've already let your customer down. And besides, even if you could remember to fix the inventory count 100% of the time, that's still way less intuitive than a system that just keeps an accurate inventory count to begin with.

I could honestly go on and on about dozens of other problems with Basil, but sadly, I only have 4000 characters.

To be fair, the system is not -all- bad. There are some great features. But they are outweighed by the problems, and if that weren't enough, the general non existence of customer support pretty much hammers in the last nail.

In closing, if you are considering Basil, don't. There are better options out there.
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