How Should I Setup My Repairable Devices in the Catalog?

As you have probably discovered by now, you can only attach a repair device or a trade-in device on a ticket if you have a catalog item for it. Why did we design RepairQ this way? Primarily for reporting reasons - i.e. so that you have good data to work with. If you create your catalog before-hand then you eliminate the possibility of typos, duplicate entries, incorrectly named items etc. As a result, you have good business data that is able to generate clear and accurate reports. 

Creating the Catalog Items


When you create a catalog item you have a number of options available that will determine whether or not it will show up as an option for a repair device, trade-in device, or ticket item. 
  • Repairable - enabling this will allow you to attach the catalog item as a repair-device on a repair ticket
  • Inventoried - enabling this in addition to "repairable" will allow you to add the item as a trade-in device
    • A trade-in device is purchased from the customer and it will enter your inventory, so that is why you must check the "inventoried" box to make it an available choice.
  • Serialized - this is an option that will force you to enter a serial number for the trade-in device
Here's an example of an iPhone 6 Plus, marked as Repairable, Inventoried, and Serialized
When importing Catalog Items, changing the Repairable field to 1 for the item will mark it as repairable.
TIP: You may want to have an "other" catalog item to handle the exceptions
With so many models out there in the world, it might be difficult to keep the rare and old models in your catalog. Since employees cannot add a catalog item on-the-fly (from the ticket screen), they may need a catch-all item for the rare exceptions. They will still be able to describe what "other" means in this case by using the repair device "description" field.


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