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Matt Sherman

Matt Sherman

Point of sale writer at Merchant Maverick
Matt Sherman has been immersed in point of sale systems for over a year now. Previously, he spent 14 years in the newspaper industry, the majority of which was as the sports editor for a pair of weekly newspapers in suburban Portland, Oregon. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon where he majored in English because he knows where the money is. Matt is the father to a pair of energetic boys and can easily be distracted by Netflix, Amazon and HBO Go.
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    Looking for basic and simple POS for retail.
    1 inventory In
    2 inventory out
    3 check available products
    4 Customers profiles
    5 Print receipts.
    Off line use
    No Credit cards
    No monthly payments.??????

      Emily Hale

      Hi Fallou,

      The first in our list, Square can actually meet your needs with all that you mention. If you opt for the traditional Square account, you won’t have a monthly fee, and you can add hardware like the Square Terminal. If you have extensive inventory, you may need the more robust plan with a monthly fee, however. Best of luck in finding the right solution!


        I am looking for a BASIC POS for a small cafe ~ as cheap as possible
        DO NOT need credit card processing as I’ve just signed up with a new merchant company
        Looking only to do table orders and have it print to the kitchen printer ~ would love to be pointed in the right direction or talk to someone in person for advice

          Dakota Fillet

          Hi Tracey, I’d suggest you check with your processor to see which POS systems they integrate with. You may also want to check our Restaurant POS Software Comparison to see which one may be the best fit for you needs.

            Teri Yoder

            Any suggestions on a POS system for a cleaning service? Something for on-the-go. But would like to have a reward program option of some sort.

              Jessica Dinsmore

              Hi Teri,

              Depending on your processing volume, I’d suggest looking into Square or Shopkeep. They check all of your boxes and are both on our list of top-rated mobile processors.


                I just took over ownership of an insurance and financial services agency and we process 5-10 cc and debit transactions a month. Square will not work with our industry (apparently insurance is prohibited). Do you have any suggestions for low transaction, low cost services. We pay about $75 a month plus pretty high fees.

                  Jessica Dinsmore

                  Hi Gregory,

                  We aren’t aware of any high-risk providers that specifically cater to insurance companies. Durango or PaymentCloud should be good overall choices, although even with them the costs will be higher than what a low-risk business would have to pay. Best of luck to you!

                    kathy lavender

                    We own and operate a haunted house, we are only open for 8 to 10 days a year. We are no longer accepting credit cards due to our remote location. I would still like to use a POS and have that ability to use cards at a later date . Can you recommend something for us.
                    Thank you, Kathy

                      Jessica Dinsmore

                      Hi Kathy,

                      I think Square is what you’re looking for. They even have a free card reader, if you get to that point, but it should meet your needs now. Loyverse would be another good option, as long as you don’t have a lot of inventory. Happy Halloween!


                        Do you have a recommendation (fee or otherwise) for a POS in a bridal/prom boutique? There seems to be so many options that it is somewhat overwhelming.

                          Matt Sherman

                          Hello! Shannon’s article here is a good place to start.
                          I really like Shopify for boutiques and Square is also always one to check out for affordability.

                            Reggie Mason

                            We use POS Pizza. What’s nice about the paid version is that you pay for it and that’s it. No additional monthly fees. You use your own hardware. If you need support there are service options but are not required. The free version is not bad either. No reason this product could not be used by any food vendor or restaurant.

                            The reporting is quite flexible as well. I print out a monthly sales report and enter it into Excel. I then use a product that converts the xls file into an iif file that imports into Quickbooks. The monthly report dates match the dates of my Bank statement. When I balance my statement I mark off all the daily deposits that add up to the journal entries deposit sum. Works Great

                              Takara Beatheagudell

                              Your thoughts on Shopify POS?? I’m considering for my boutique.

                                Jessica Dinsmore

                                Hi Takara,

                                We rate Shopify POS 4.5/5 stars! Check out our in-depth review of them and see what you think. Best!

                                  Ferdinand Devereaux

                                  These solutions isn’t really “free” . I use Chromis POS.
                                  It’s fancy? No. Friendly? Certainly, no, but it’s a gnu/FREE pos.

                                    Peter Noval

                                    I currently use Harbor Touch they too are a free POS system with a small monthly fee. They also process all of our credit cards and receive those fees as well. We need more out of the POS, they have very complicated ways of retrieving information. We are a small restaurant with the need of 3 server station terminals one being the bar. We might be in need of three more, but that is in the future. Are any of the mentioned systems something we might be able to use.

                                      Jessica Dinsmore

                                      Hi Peter,
                                      We aren’t too sure if there are any free options that accommodate three plus server stations, but we suggest checking out Loyverse, as the most likely option. Best of luck!

                                        Vinh Le

                                        Want to know more about the pos system

                                          Jessica Dinsmore

                                          We have a wealth of POS information on our site Vinh! Check out our POS reviews and comparison chart for all the info you should need. Thanks for reaching out!

                                            Patricia Hayes

                                            When you say the above programs are free, does that mean no per transaction fee or just setting it up is free?

                                              Jessica Dinsmore

                                              Hi Patricia,

                                              The software and features listed are free but there will still be transaction fees that will vary depending on the credit card processor.

                                                Christine Sather

                                                Any feedback on Harbortouch, out of Allentown, PA, in particular? If you’re familiar with them how well do they compete in the hospitality space (bars & restaurants) with other key players? Do most smaller sites get their merchant services from their bank these days making it a touch market?

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                                                  Shannon Vissers

                                                  Hi Christine! Thanks for the feedback. I will let know when we update the article (probably soon) and if/when we review HarborTouch. It looks like they have kind of a lot of negative reviews on the BBB, though, and several of the reviewers mention hidden fees and early termination fees. Some POS systems are “free” in that they don’t charge a monthly charge, but they might gouge you with the merchant services contract. It looks like you have to use HarborTouch payment processing with this POS; it’s always preferable when a POS system gives you the option of using an outside payment processor.

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                                                    Christine Sather

                                                    Hi Shannon,

                                                    I’m new to learning about the PoS market… You post above was very informative; however I see it dates back to Dec. 2015. Wondering if you have a market update on who’s who in the market? Thanks any feedback you may have.


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                                                      There is one more called eHopper – Recently appeared startup, all features are included without any additional payments. What is covered: inventory, orders management, employees management (tips), simple and understandable reporting.

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