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How Much Does A POS System Cost?

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Shannon Vissers

Shannon Vissers

Shannon is a writer and editor based in San Diego, CA. Shannon attended San Diego State University, graduating in 2005 with a BA in English. She is the former editor-in-chief of SteelOrbis, an online trade publication. Shannon has also published articles for LIVESTRONG.COM, eHow, Life'd, and other websites. She has been with Merchant Maverick since 2015, writing about POS software, small business loans, and financing for women entrepreneurs.
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    Steven Reinblatt

    Hi Shannon,

    Thanks this was a very useful article. Do you have a sense what the cost of implementation is? Also, what about systems that a Tier 1 retailer would implement. Do you have any sense for what the costs would be?

      Shannon Vissers

      Hi there! We write mostly about tablet-based POS systems for small-to-medium businesses so I’m not sure how much a Tier 1 retailer would pay. However, some large chains are starting to use tablet POS systems also. For most cloud-based iPad/tablet POS systems, businesses can expect to pay about $1,250-$1,500 for the initial hardware setup and then $70-$150/month for the software, depending on your size and setup. (These costs are per-location.) The installation cost depends on the system, but for example Toast POS installation starts at $499 and Revel Systems has a flat-fee installation cost of $649.

      Here’s an article I wrote on franchise POS systems that might work for a tier-1 retailer.

        Ron Zanetti

        Thanks Shannon; I really enjoyed reading this and it help me begin to understand the landscape. I’m a fan!


          Actually the cost of the Clover Station without the barcode scanner is $999 and the monthly fee is $39.95. If a merchant pays more than that, then the ISO rep is marking it up for profit. Some reps sell it cheaper than that because there is a sales bonus involved, they’ll drop the price and just not make as much of bonus. The standard Motorola barcode scanner is $79. After sales tax and shipping a Clover at your door will cost around $1150-$1250. The existing QuickBooks integration and the upcoming integration (scheduled to roll out in March) with the Schedule App and Gusto Payroll means that Clover can really be the one stop shop for a business management system for merchants, handling everything from gift cards and geo-fencing to customer retention programs and direct depositing your employee paychecks. Find a trust worthy ISO rep that charges interchange pass through at 15 basis points and $0.10 a transaction (not for small tickets) with no junk fees and you’ve got about the best deal going. You may be able to do better on the merchant account pricing but this is a good starting point. Don’t buy a flat rate with a monthly fee, a merchant doesn’t get the savings on regulated debit if you do that.

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            Shannon Vissers

            Yeah, that’s the price from Clover Connect but markups vary from one vendor to the next, as you mention.

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