Free or Low Cost Inventory Program that works with QuickBooks

We are looking for a free or low cost solution to keeping our inventory updated.  We are using QuickBooks right now but it's not really doing what we want it to do.  We would like to be able to view our inventory online if at all possible.  We found the plugin called Fishbowl Inventory which seems to do everything we want however, the price is a bit on the high side.
Zion PhilPresidentAsked:
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Don ThomsonCommented:
As the saying goes - There really is not a free lunch

If you find a low cost or free inventory program - you're going to get what you pay for.

The cost of developing an inventory control program and debugging it can run into the millions of Dollars.

The biggest problem is that for an inventory control program to work - it needs to interface or even integrate with Accounts Payable, Purchase orders, Accounts Receivable and Sales Invoicing in order to be able to accurately determine what the level of inventory really is

Depending on what your requirements are, there are some very good POS (Point of Sale programs out there,  

Before suggesting any one in particular, we would need to know a bit about your operations

Things like:
How many simultaneous users do you need?
Do you use purchase orders to get you inventory  from other vendors or
Do you manufacture Inventory items from raw materials purchased from other Vendors?
Do you deal in only one currency?
How do you handle inventory that is sold to your clients?
Do you need Work-orders to reserve inventory before it's sold?
Are you Retail, Wholesale, Manufacturing........?
What is your Budget?

These are just a few of the questions that a professional would need to ask before making any recommendations.
Zion PhilPresidentAuthor Commented:
Hi DTHConsulting,

Thanks for this valuable information.

1. The inventory program would only need to be accessed by 2 people on a network.

2. Purchase orders from other vendors

3. Deal only in one currency

4. Inventory is installed for clients primarily, but sometimes just dropped shipped.

5. WO's to reserve inventory before sold is NOT needed.

6. Retailer

7. Budget is 500.00 US or less.
Don ThomsonCommented:
Most good POS systems will run your around $750-$1500 per user
These are usually the ones that have most of the Bells & Whistles.

There are some lower Cost ones like Retail man POS saftware

A single user is about $300  but you can get multi-user upgrades so you can add more users. I don't know what a two user  version would go for but I suspect it may be within your budget.

In the meantime you can go to their website and download a trial copy (good for 30 days)  and see if it's a fit

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