So I’ve been trying to organize the padlocks at our shop. Pretty much as it is right now, there is just a bunch of seemingly random, unlabeled padlocks sitting in a case. When a customer wants a padlock, we have to go to this wall of drawers and cross our fingers that the drawer opened contains the right padlock. Well, that is what you have to do if you are new. If you have been there a while, you already know where everything is…
It feels like no one has bothered to come up with a halfway decent system for either organizing the boxed padlocks, displaying the padlocks, or labeling the padlocks. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to do this because I hate when a customer wants a padlock and I have to open 50 drawers and hope that I find the right lock. Oh, and the pricing is from like 2012 or some shit, so that is nice.
In an effort to be as accurate as possible, I have labeled the locks with a tag, the same tags we use on our key walls. Right now, the tag only has the manufacturer number for the lock so we can find the right drawer/bin, for example a certain Master Lock is found in bin 1KA. Someone covered up the KA part, so it only shows 1 now. Another Master Lock is found in bin 21KZW1, but someone covered up the KZ.
I was looking on Anixter’s website trying to figure out why and I learned that KA is “keyed alike” and KZ is “keyed zero” (I’m only guessing this, no one has explicitly told me so). Seems like Anixter, they don’t have 1KA any more, only 1. Same goes for 21KZW1, only 21W1 exists. I’m sure someone at my shop knows the answer to this question, but if we order say 6x Master Lock 1, will they arrive with random bitting? It feels like a huge potential for a security flaw if all of the locks come with the same key. I could probably answer my own question by comparing some of the keys but I won’t be able to do that until Monday.
With the KZ padlocks, I’ve noticed (I think) that these are all rekeyable locks. Which is great for the customer. However, our pricing includes the price for the lock and then the rekeying is a separate price, which is our normal in-house rekeying price. Is this a good way to do it? Should the rekeying price be included in the cost of the lock? Let’s say that a certain rekeyable padlock costs $20 and our rekey fee is $15. Shouldn’t the lock be priced as $35? Or maybe even slightly less? I’m not the owner, so I don’t really control our pricing, but they are more of the behind-the-scenes type owner so it’s up to us in the shop to figure out how much to sell something for. As long as the price is above our cost, I’m pretty sure it is OK to sell them for whatever…
As far as the tags go, what information should be included on there? I was thinking shackle length, diameter, horizontal and vertical clearance, plus the shackle material. Maybe even info on the body. What material it is, the size, is it rekeyable, etc.. Pretty much what info is on Anixter, just in a more compact form.
Am I over thinking this? Before I became a locksmith, a lot of the jobs I had included sales, but I had any and all information at my fingertips to help me sell whatever it was; cell phones, computers, furniture, etc.. I don’t think it is really a good idea to pull up that info on Anixter’s website in front of a customer, so that is one of the big reasons as to why I want tags on the padlocks.
Anyways, how do you all organize your padlocks? Are they labeled with pricing info and lock specifications?