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Shopify VS Square: Which All-In-One Platform Is Better For Small Business?

Shopify and Square both provide POS systems, but their full range of services encompasses much more. See which pricing and feature sets will fit your business better.

    Jason Vissers
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Expert Analyst & Reviewer at Merchant Maverick
Jason Vissers has been researching, analyzing, and writing about small business software and finance since 2015. His financial expertise has been cited in numerous publications, including The Ladders. Jason graduated with a Political Science degree from San Diego State University in 2001.
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    Jason Gorske

    Heyo! We just tried to switch from Square to Shopify POS Pro for our retail location and it’s been quite the journey to figure out that we should have just stayed with Square. Shopify has the opportunity to do very good in the online/retail spare but are falling flat right now.

    1. If you have a bar/restaurant setting, Shopify POS can start tabs BUT they CANNOT access them from both POS Systems or iPads…so if someone starts a tab with one iPad, they can’t access that tab from another.

    2. You can easily wipe out an entire tab with the accidental click of a “clear cart” button. Not something I trust myself, let alone my busy employees to manage. If they select that and the customer has, let’s say taking his team out for a good time and put 30 drinks and a bunch of other items on the ticket and they accidently hit that button instead of the one next to it….poof there it goes with the touch of a button and you can’t get it back! You can’t really “save” a cart/tab.

    3. Happy Hour discounts are NOT possible – so between 3-6pm you CANNOT add $1 off drinks, etc….

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      liz nor

      Thank you for the square and shopify comparison. We are looking for the best site to launch to our golf members only , non public, and use shop shop credit payment and member account charges for on line pro shop sales. Who would you suggest? Thank you!

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        Jessica Dinsmore

        Hi Liz,

        In general, Shopify has more online selling features than Square Online Store. It sounds like what you’re looking for is a members-only online store. I haven’t seen any mention of this type of feature in Square Online Store (and based on their generally limited feature set, I wouldn’t expect to find it). However, it looks like you CAN create a members-only store with Shopify. It doesn’t look like an easy process (you have to work in the site code), but you could also hire a Shopify Expert to set it up. Here is the post we found in the community forum with a tutorial for setting up a members-only store. Good luck!

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          Pradeep Verma

          Dear Team,

          Please suggest the Best platform for selling retail items. Which platform is the most simplistic for customers, easy to update for them, etc? I am currently using a square. Shopify is another option. Breakdown of what each one offers, costs, etc.

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            Jessica Dinsmore

            Hi Pradeep,

            Both are very easy to use and have comparable feature sets. The biggest difference between the two is that Shopify’s main focus is eCommerce, whereas Square is focused on its POS app. As for the specific breakdowns you’ve requested, they can be found in the article that you’ve posted on, so definitely check it out!

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              Christa

              Thank you so much! We are in the midst of moving from Clover to another POS and I’ve been wavering between Shopify and Square. This is extremely helpful information.

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                Tracey

                Did you decide Shopify or Square? How do you like whichever one you went with.

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                  Tom Spackle

                  Is there a good way to use Square and Shopify together? Say for example I want to use one in my shop, and the other on my website?

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                    Tom DeSimone

                    Hi Tom,

                    There are third-party integrations you can use you sync the two, but they are expensive (in the $50/month range from what I’ve seen). You might be better off using Square for in-store and then choosing an ecommerce integration that is supported by Square. There are several ecommerce integration options.

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                      Mike

                      What is nice with square you can work offline no need internet with you if you in a trade show .
                      For 50$ App syncronize , offline,

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                        Jamilee Brown

                        Thank you so much for this review, I almost went with Square but I think in the longrun I’ll be happier with Shopify for my growing business 🙂

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                          Amber Campbell

                          Thank you so much! We will launch our e-commerce site in the next 30 days, and I have been searching for a comparison just like this one. I really appreciate all the time and effort you put into it.

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                            Hans

                            Thanks Melissa for this very comprehensive review. Very informative, quite a chunk of work you put into this.

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