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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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    Michele

    Need your help. Our church has a bookstore that is only open on Sundays for our congregation. We use square for our sales, but it doesn’t keep track of incoming stock costs, shipping costs, etc. $69 + a month is just too expensive for us. Do you have any recommendations for us? Appreciate any thoughts.

      Shannon Vissers

      It’s hard to beat Square’s prices for its value, but it definitely doesn’t have every feature out there. If you want a more advanced feature set, you’ll have to use one of the paid versions of Square, or another POS on this list such as Vend or Shopify. Unfortunately, it will be difficult to find a POS that offers those features available for less than $69/mo. However, it’s possible that one of the free POS systems discussed in the following article (such as Imonggo or Linga) could work for you: The Best Free POS Systems

        Pip Henshaw

        Hi there – this is very helpful. Your article mentions campus bookstores though but no information/review on their ability to manage academic/course adoption information. Currently our POS (while having difficulties in some areas) has a robust Academic Module that allows us to keep track of lecturer and course co-ordinator details; past adoptions; roll numbers over multiple years; semester etc etc. We also can scan and upload titles by importing straight from a database we subscribe to.

        do any of these reviewed have Academic Module capability; or do any other readers have ideas?

        Thanks!

          Emily Hale

          Hello Pip,

          With the type of tracking needs you’re describing, I suggest checking out our full Bepoz POS review, as it touts one of the most advanced reporting systems with very robust features. Another option would be QuickBooks POS. Hope one of these gets you on the right path for your particular needs.

            Loretta Tukahirwa

            Hi,

            Which of these systems are available in Uganda (East Africa). How much would it cost to set it up for a local bookstore with no quickbooks.

            Regards

              Jessica Dinsmore

              Hi Loretta,

              We aren’t aware of any Bookstore POS Systems specific to Uganda, though our understanding is that Loyverse is commonly used in Africa. I’d suggest reaching out to them directly to see if they service your area. Good luck!

                John

                Well, almost…. We use Square Register. This system is slick, impresses customers with it’s easy to use terminal, is FAST, handles inventory and only costs you money when you process a credit card. It accepts all cards and all taps.

                Did I mention it only costs you when you process a credit transaction? That means no monthly fee, no multi year contract and free cash/checks transactions. Oh, and the inventory piece is included.

                Customer loyalty and gift card transactions are free. And it comes with an internet site page that gives you sales trends, sends you notices of low stock and the processing charges are very reasonable.

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                  Thomas BENADIER

                  Hi John I see you’re using square as we do for our bookstore & I love it … it’s easy, it accept all credit cards & takes payments off line … the big down side though is that when you scan a new entry, you have to enter alll info of the books manually (copy n paste from our wholesale supplier to our Square pos inventory) while to what I’ve understood with certain apps, just by scanning the isbn code of the book, will pull all info of the book (title, author, retail price, category,etc) and show up automatically on your screen (When creating a new item or new entry) … do you have this feature with square ? Cause that rigid definitely help !! Many thanks

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                    Anne

                    Hi. We have a second hand bookstore with about 30,000 books. We have a website under construction using OpenCart. But the problem is loading new stock. I have a hand-held reader which takes care of the barcode. But I’m having trouble finding software to then look up the book’s cover, details etc from wherever it is held. If I can get it to Excel I can then hopefully update the new website. We have no staff except the owners, and no purchases except cash so no ordering of books. Bindo looks promising, but do the cheaper ones look up the details as well?

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                      Jessica Dinsmore

                      Anne,

                      If you’re looking for something more affordable, I’d say Vend or Shopify should be able to meet your needs. They are our top two choices in the post you are commenting on as well, so they are certainly worth looking into. Good luck!

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                        williamgmz

                        Are the systems in your piece all pretty straightforward when it comes to dealing with returns and accounts receivable matters.I also wonder if there are issues regarding the size of one’s database and searches online. As with books, there are millions of titles of sheet music so the ability to deal with granular searches is key.

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                          Shannon Vissers

                          Hi there! All of these systems do offer straightforward returns/refunds and will integrate with accounting software such as QuickBooks or Xero for accounts receivable purposes. With an inventory as large as yours, I’d recommend Bindo or Lightspeed, as those systems have the most robust inventory functionality.

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                            Rob Bethel

                            Dear Shannon,
                            This post was helpful. I am a sheet music shop so I think that many of our peculiar issues will be similar to those of bookstores. We currently use and are fed up with a POS system owned by Intuit. We initially got it because it was supposed to be able to transfer data to Quickbooks seamlessly. Well, that turned out to be sorta true. This system sucks for processing returns which is a major flaw for use in a retail setting. We have a lot of institutions in our customer base who pay us by check after we generate an invoice. This system also has trouble with that.

                            Are the systems in your piece all pretty straightforward when it comes to dealing with returns and accounts receivable matters? I also wonder if there are issues regarding the size of one’s database and searches online. As with books, there are millions of titles of sheet music so the ability to deal with granular searches is key.

                            Many thanks for your thoughts.

                            Rob Bethel

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                              Shannon Vissers

                              Hi Rob, all of these POS systems are fine on the returns end, but I believe the only one that has built-in accounts receivable functionality is Bindo. Bindo is also a good choice for searching/managing a large catalog. The rest of these systems integrate with QuickBooks for accts receivable, but sometimes things can get funky when integrating two systems (even when it’s QuickBooks and QuickBooks’ POS, as you found out!) I can’t really tell you anything more specific than that, but all of these systems have free trials so you can test out these and other functions.

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