Information about Bertoozie Gear Share

How it works

How to Be BERTOOZIE Kind

In our simplest form, BERTOOZIE brings local gear owners together with renters looking for alternate gear sources. BERTOOZIE makes the process easier by acting as a neutral third party, that collects and holds payments for rentals and purchases, and remits the payments to the owners upon successful delivery.

The bottom line in the beginning…$$ and our charitable twist.

There is no charge to view or place a listing on BERTOOZIE. We only make money when gear is rented or sold.  This makes it easy for productions, to source all their gear under one account creating a single virtual source.

When gear is rented we collect the funds for the rental and hold back 14% of the rental charge from the owner and 6% from the Renter as the BERTOOZIE service charges. When gear is sold we hold back a 6% service charge from the seller only.  These fees cover the cost of collecting and managing payments, customer service, and website maintenance, of those funds 5% will be donated to charity. The remainder of the rental revenue is deposited into your bank account.

Get Started…

The first step is setting up your BERTOOZIE profile. 

  • Complete the sign-up form with your email, first and last name, and your password
  • Accept the Terms of Use, and Privacy Policy
  • Check if you wish to receive occasional emails from BERTOOZIE Gear Share team
    you can change this at any time, via your profile settings
  • Click the Create Account button
  • Check your email for confirmation, and click the link provided

Welcome to your BERTOOZIE Nation, you are now a member of our elite community. 

We encourage you to look around...

  • See who is here
  • Send messages to those you know
  • Inquire about gear availability or features
  • Invite your associates

Now to save you some time, take a look at the section that best applies to you:





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OWNERS: Before you post… 


What if I need my gear?

You, as the equipment owner are always in complete control, you decide when and who you rent your equipment to. If you need your gear for a project, or if circumstances change, you can cancel, but please be sure to give plenty of notice so your renter can find an alternate source for the gear.  If you don't know the person looking to rent your gear and no one else does,  just refuse the rental.  Please use your own discretion when choosing to rent your gear.  We have put safeguards in place, but it is still up to you as the equipment owner to decide what is best for you. 

Is my gear protected?

Most productions that rent equipment will have insurance coverage, but it is the owners responsibility to request and confirm the details on the current certificate of insurance.  BERTOOZIE supplies profile fields to document current insurance details. We encourage the communication between renter and owner regarding current insurance for all rental transactions. BERTOOZIE’s communication platform provides documented communication that can be referenced should a dispute arise. You as the owner ultimately have the final word. If you have a feeling that this is not the right rental for your equipment, don’t agree to it. 

Item Rental Price Estimated Guidelines

Here's a handy chart to estimate some industry rental rates for your gear.

Rare items (old artifacts), Or new technology
Total value (new) divided by 10 = 1-3-week rental
Total value (new) divided by 15 = 4-8-week rental
Total value (new) divided by 20 = 9-18-week rental
Total value (new) divided by 30 = 19-24-week rental
Total value (new) divided by 40 = 25+week rental

Common items, Commonly used technology
Total value (new) divided by 15 = 1-3-week rental
Total value (new) divided by 20 = 4-8-week rental
Total value (new) divided by 30 = 9-18-week rental
Total value (new) divided by 45 = 19-24-week rental
Total value (new) divided by 55 = 25+week rental

 

T. I. C.
Test it,   Inspect it,    Clean it,
Make sure your equipment is ready to go. 
Commit, your renter is counting on your gear and you. 
If you agree to rent, follow through with the delivery.

 

Rental Equipment Conditions Guidelines

In order to maintain the consistent rental quality on the Bertoozie platform, we ask that you respect a good or better equipment quality for all rental listings.

 

Like New: no signs of wear, like new in appearance and function.

Very Good: completely functional, very minor cosmetic damage to the body.  

Good: some cosmetic damage scratches and wear, but still completely functional.

 

Clarity is in the details
Provide detailed information about the equipment, 
Check and double-check meeting location and timing.
Keep listing details accurate. 

 

Posting a listing Put that gear to work.

  • Click the post listing button at the top right of your screen
  • Select the category that your gear falls in
  • Select the subcategory, if there are any to choose from
  • Select your listing type 
  • Describe your item  
  • Enter the Price
  • Enter in your address: the exact location will not be shown but a circle showing the general vicinity will be indicated
  • Finally, upload some Photos of your gear… viola!
  • Click post listing to see how it looks, and your listing is complete!


Oops, not quite... from here, you will be prompted to set up configure payment settings, click on the alert and the pay-out preferences screen will be opened, fill in the requested information.  This is also a great time to enter your business name and tax number in your profile.

Note: this is the area your detailed banking info will be entered so that BERTOOZIE can pay you when a rental transaction is complete. We use Stripe for our payment system.  Please take a moment to review their connected account agreement; you will be prompted to accept it in this part of the process.


Make changes to your listings anytime

  • Hover over your profile avatar
  • Select listings
  • Click on the listing name you wish to edit
  • On the right you will see your options to edit or to delete

 

Transaction Communications

Throughout a transaction, several messages will be sent from BERTOOZIE. 

  • The first is the proposal for the rental. The owner must accept this or the transaction dies
  • The owner’s acceptance of the transaction is sent to the renter
  • The renter is then prompted to authorize payment. Once this part of the transaction happens a pre-authorization is made to the renter’s credit card
  • When the final acceptance is requested from the owner the payment will be held by Bertoozie Gear Share until the order is marked as completed
  • When the transaction is complete the renter replies to the message 
  • Once the order is completed. The payment is transferred to the owner’s bank account

 

Document... Document... Document...
Do the paperwork and keep documentation of check-in and check-out. 
Always use a Checklist.

You can find an example of a transaction checklist here, We recommend that both parties use something like this to document the condition and details of the equipment being rented and/or received... “CYA!”

We provide fields on the renter's profile for insurance details however it is the owners responsibility to have the conversation, and to get a copy of the Certificate of insurance for their records.

The more the community uses BERTOOZIE the better it will get. The more honest reviews that are logged, the more informed our entire nation will be.  

 

Be Helpful, Be Patient
Reward those that ask questions, service is your business! 
Renters will remember and appreciate the extra care and effort you put in. 

Use your Bertoozie profile to communicate before, during, and after the rental or sale. It is helpful to keep all the information in one place.

Bertoozie is your community.  Both renters and owners will have the opportunity to review each other. These reviews will serve as references to your fellow Bertoozians on the quality of the experience.  

 

Be BERTOOZIE Kind
Cutting out BERTOOZIE is not cool.
It is a small world, and a smaller industry, keep it filled with good Karma, do what’s right. 
Don’t encourage others to break BERTOOZIE’s Terms of Use

 


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RENTERS

You have already created a profile, but if not you can do it now.

  • Complete the sign-up form with your email, first and last name, and your password
  • Accept the Terms of Use, and Privacy policy 
  • Check if you wish to receive occasional emails from BERTOOZIE Gear Share team
    you can change this at any time, via your profile settings
  • Click the Create Account button
  • Check your email for confirmation and click the link provided


Welcome to your BERTOOZIE Nation, you are now a member of our elite community. 

We encourage you to look around...

  • See who is here,
  • Send messages to those you know,
  • Inquire about gear availability or gear features. 
  • Invite your associates.

 

Keep the lines of communication open
Schedule pickup / drop off times, and locations in advance. 
Let the owner know immediately if there is an issue with the equipment.

 

Finding the gear you need. 

Bertoozie has detailed categories and subcategories to make finding the gear you need easy. You have the option to view the listings in a grid, a list, or on a map so you can easily see the equipment closest to where you need it.

You may also choose to search for the specific gear you need. clicking the magnifying glass at the top right side of the home page will open a search text box.

 

Once you find a listing of interest  

Click on the picture then the Contact button (below the owner’s name on the right side of the listing) and send a message for details such as availability and quantity. 

Note: The owner may ask for your Certificate of Insurance. Take a moment to add your current insurance details to your profile.

 

Rent Gear (1 or 2 week)

  • Once the owner has confirmed availability both parties agree to the rental
  • Click the rent button 
  • In the optional message remind the owner of the dates you agreed on, the drop-off and pick up location and any other details you've discussed
  • Enter in your credit card info
  • A message with the pending transaction details will be sent off to the listing owner and they will be prompted to accept or decline it. Because you have already addressed the details the owner will have all of the necessary info to accept the rental
  • When the owner accepts the transaction the amount of the rental will be pre-authorized on your credit card

 

Daily Rental 

  • Click the rent button 
  • Choose the rental date from the calendar 
  • In the optional message confirm the rental pick up drop off location, and any other important details
  • Enter in your credit card info
  • A message with the pending transaction details will be sent off to the listing owner and they will be prompted to accept or decline it

 

Transaction Communications

Throughout a transaction, several messages will be sent from BERTOOZIE. 

  • The first is the proposal for the rental. The owner must accept this or the transaction dies
  • The owner’s acceptance of the transaction is sent to the renter
  • The renter then is prompted to authorize payment. Once this part of the transaction happens a pre-authorization is made to the renter’s credit card
  • When final acceptance is requested from the owner the payment is then held by Bertoozie Gear Share until the order is marked as completed
  • When the transaction is complete the renter replies to the message 
  • Once the order is completed, the payment is transferred to the owner’s bank account


Document... Document... Document...
Do the paperwork and keep documentation of check-in and check-out. 
Always use a Checklist.

You can find an example of a transaction checklist here. We recommend that both parties use something like this to document the condition and details of the equipment being rented and/or received... “CYA!”

We provide fields on the renter's profile for insurance details however it is the owner's responsibility to have the conversation, and to get a copy of the Certificate of insurance for their records.

The more the community uses BERTOOZIE the better it will get.  The more honest reviews that are logged, the more informed our entire nation will be. 

  

Be Sincere
Don’t be an imposter, we all started somewhere. 
get the most out of their gear, know how to use it and care for it, 
spend a little time to ensure you know both.

 

Review

Bertoozie is your community, both renters and owners will have the opportunity to review each other.  These reviews will serve as references to your fellow Bertoozians on the quality of your experience. In order for our reviews to be a resource for the nation, we need to be mindful about what we say; be truthful, leave the facts, don’t get personal. 

 

Be Courteous
Treat all rented items with care just as if they're your own,
Share your shooting location with the owner.

 

Can someone else be authorized to pick up and drop off equipment?

This can only be determined by the owner. Owners and renters; please communicate who is authorized to do the the pick-up . Remember to include name and address so that identity can be confirmed. 

Be Bertoozie Kind
Cutting out Bertoozie is not cool. 
It is a small world, and a smaller industry, keep it filled with good Karma do what’s right. 
Don’t encourage others to brake BERTOOZIEs’ Terms of Use.  

 


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Buyers/Sellers


Be Bertoozie Kind.
Remember.... don’t discriminate against anyone based on their background,
be a part of their success.
These are your peers that are looking to buy your gear.

 

Making a Purchase.

  • Click the Buy button 
  • In the optional message confirm any pick up / drop off details that are important
  • Enter in your credit card information
  • A message with the pending transaction details will be sent off to the listing owner and they will be prompted to accept or decline it
  • When the owner accepts the transaction the amount of the rental will be pre-authorized on your credit card

 

Respect time.
Only inquire about listings you are genuinely interested in purchasing.
Be early for appointments to view, test, or deliver.

 

Transaction Communications

Throughout a transaction, several messages will be sent from BERTOOZIE. 

  • The first is the proposal for the sale. The owner must accept this or the transaction dies
  • The owner’s Acceptance of the transaction is sent to the buyer
  • The renter then is prompted to authorize payment, once this part of the transaction happens a pre-authorization is made to the buyer’s credit card
  • When final acceptance is requested from the owner the payment is then held by Bertoozie Gear Share until the order is marked as completed
  • Once delivery is made the buyer Marks as completed
  • Once the order is completed. The payment is transferred to the owner/Seller’s bank account

 

Document... Document... Document...
Do the paperwork and keep documentation of Delivery and Receipt of Gear. 
Always use a Checklist.

 

You can find an example of a transaction checklist here. We recommend that both parties use something like this to document the condition and details of the equipment being rented and/or received... “CYA!”

The more the community uses BERTOOZIE the better it will get.  The more honest reviews that are logged, the more informed our entire nation will be.