I am very interested in the POS system and it is probably the best solution for our case.
We are a bookstore selling used books. Basically most books are labelled with a barcode which is the ISBN. I am thinking making the book with the same ISBN as a product in shopify and each copy as a variant in shopify. The prices of copies of the same book can vary based on condition and other factors, and that's why I can't put all copies in one variant.
My concern is that will result in two or more variants sharing the same barcode. Is there any problem when scanning such barcode in POS system? I hope in that case the POS can narrow down the variants with the scanned barcode and let our staff choose which one to be sold.
BWT, I am a programer so feel free to use any technical terms. Any idea will be appreciated.
Thank you for the suggestion. It's possible to assign unique SKU to all book variants (actually we've already done this and we wrote the SKU in book using pencil). However, because the only barcode on book is ISBN but not SKU, we can't utilize the barcode scanner and have to use "Search" function (i.e. type SKU manually). I am afraid this is not a quick sale process.
So I guess the only way to make it work is to use barcode printer to print SKU and stick on each book, so that the barcode (i.e. SKU) is unique. This is not a good approach because we don't want to stick any label and damage the books. And this also increases the cost.
I hope there will be better solution.
We'll definitely keep this use case in mind. From what I understand, you would like our app to:
1) Scan a barcode
2) If the barcode has multiple matches --> display them all
3) Allow the user to select the specific variant they want from a list
4) Add to cart
is it possible to toggle between the "barcode languages" in your barcode-printer app? we need to be able to use "code128" (alphanumeric) which some apps are using/supporting. in addition we need the possibility to display up to 16 characters; at the moment - when a barcode is too long - it won't be printed with the rest of the label... thanks for your feedback/help!
The best thing to do for such customizations is to export your products into your Dymo Label software: http://docs.shopify.com/pos/about-pos/barcode-printing/custom-barcode-labels
This will let you print any barcodes you desire.
Hope this helps,