“Easy”, “simple”, and “flexible” are all terms used by sellers to describe the MyConsignment Manager tagging system used by seasonal consignment events all across the United States and Canada. Their system has proved to be life-changing for sellers who previously tagged items for sales using hand written information or even sticking barcoded stickers on index cards.
Here are 10 tips to make your experience using MyConsignment Manager even better:
1) Sort items by size and type before entering them. Once you’ve selected the category and size, those options stay selected until you change them. All you’ll have to type in is the description and the price.
2) Enter items in groups of 8 or 6 depending on how many tags your sale has chosen to print per page. Not only will you save cardstock, your tags print in the same groupings as your items.
3) Read carefully your sale’s procedures and deadlines. Make note of registration end date & time and the inventory lock date & time. Once registration ends, no more sellers can sign up and once inventory locks, no new items can be entered and no existing items can be edited or deleted.
4) Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare your items! If you ignore this warning and wait until the last minute anyway, focus on entering everything first and save the hanging & bagging, cutting tags and pinning & taping for after the inventory lock time.
5) If you are pressed for time and it is okay with your sale’s owner, use the “power tagger” function to make several tags with the same price and a blank description, then hand-write the description in later. Be aware that if you do this, the sale will not be able to search their database for your items if a tag comes off and you won’t be able to see any descriptions online when viewing SOLD items.
6) Use the manage inventory screen to easily print inventory sheets or print lists of donated items for your tax records. Some sales mark items “donated” for you, but even if your sale does not, you can still generate a list of all items not sold. Mark off any items that you picked up or were not accepted a check-in and you’ll have a list of donations with values to use at tax time.
MyConsignment Manager makes it easy for sellers to sell with several sales in the same season. The key for sellers is to communicate early & clearly with the sale owner.
7) When selling at multiple sales in your area, ask all the sale owners for the same seller number before you start printing tags. If you have the exact same seller number at each sale, then you can transfer inventory between sales without retagging.
8) If an item doesn’t sell after two sales, it probably needs to have a lower price. Use the manage inventory screen to quickly mark items not printed, edit their price & discount/donate info, then reprint and replace the tag before taking it to another sale. Selling for slightly less is better than picking it up unsold again, right?
9) Use caution when reprinting tags that were transferred from a sale with a different owner sale. Because MyConsignment Manager offers many different tag formats, some descriptions are too long for some tags. To avoid getting stuck with tags that won’t print, make sure to generate them before the inventory lock date. That way, if you need to edit your descriptions, you’ll be able to do so.
10) MyConsignment Manager’s quick & easy tagging system can be used even if the sale uses a manual system for check-out and seller payout. Packages start at $5.00 for printing 300 tags when sellers use the system to print tags independent of a specific consignment sale. Be sure to check with your sale owner before starting!