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Old 11-13-2013, 07:19 PM  
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POS Systems

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Okay Planeteers,

I'm back for another advice session. My wife has a small retail business that also involves custom projects for people. We're needing a better POS system (currently we handwrite receipts and do almost no inventory tracking) in order to get a better handle on things. We use QB for our accounting, so we're currently looking at QB POS system. A fellow retail store owner we know uses it and has no complaints. But in reading about it online, the reviews were awful.

Now I'm second guessing getting QB POS and looking into other options. Anyone have first hand experience?

Needs:
* Inventory tracking
* Speedy checkout (bar code scanning)
* Ability to track and bill custom orders
* Printing bar codes for inventory
* Integration with QB
* Handling of cash drawer

Wants:
* Payroll tracking (we use PayChex to handle our payroll for us)
* Remote access

Probably other stuff we need/want, and we just don't even realize it. So yeah.. I'm here again, CP, hat over heart, asking for advice.

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Old 11-13-2013, 08:30 PM   #16
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I've noticed a lot of retail shops using an ipad/tablet with the square app. They also use a wooden register like this
The one I'm looking at now uses an iPad to check out still, which I really like. We're in a tight space, and our cashwrap is small. We don't need a big clunky machine there.

Anyway, I love that wooden swiveling register. Very cool.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:33 PM   #17
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:35 PM   #18
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I, personally, freaking love that idea. Because I'm a huge user of google drive/docs for my team workflow at my real job.

Sadly, my wife and a bunch of chicks run this store. I frequently have to come do things on breaks from my real job like... change light bulbs. So I'm looking for idiot proof here.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:44 PM   #19
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:52 PM   #20
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The one I'm looking at now uses an iPad to check out still, which I really like. We're in a tight space, and our cashwrap is small. We don't need a big clunky machine there.

Anyway, I love that wooden swiveling register. Very cool.
yea those are what I've seen in the shops I seen others in the google image search they got a lot of smaller swivel stands that simulate a stand for a monitor if you ever did want to get one but didn't know you were working with tight space so you gotta work with whats good for you. I've only worked with aloha but thats restaurant/bar territory.
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:07 PM   #21
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:08 PM   #22
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Quickbooks or Peachtree can't handle it?
Quickbooks POS can, but it's pretty robust and a large investment (for us). Rather than just going all in with the QB ecosystem, I'm investigating other options.

But yes, Peachtree's AccuPOS system gets extremely good reviews. It's also likely overkill.
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:56 AM   #23
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If you want something cheap and simple with basic inventory and barcode scanning check out the solution I developed, www.USBSwiper.com. It works with PayPal, PayLeap, Group ISO, Stripe, and Authorize.Net. Depending on your monthly volume and avg. ticket price we can get you into a merchant account that would be the best as far as fees go.

We have lots of customers that use our stuff with PayPal and then combine that with the PayPal Here mobile app. They basically use the two as companion products and we've gotten lots of good feedback.

We also have lots of people using our hardware card reader only with Intuit Merchant Services within QuickBooks. You can use it with regular QB, too. You don't have to get the POS version.
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