Tablet POS or Cash Register?

August 26th, 2014

Tablet POS systems are all the rage right now and some of the hype is real, however really take the time to look at the numbers. When you calculate the total cost of ownership I think you might find a good cash register system a much better bargain.

A top of the line cash register that is programmed and set up could cost you about $1500.00 plus or minus. Keep in mind that is a turnkey system, take it out of the box and start using it. Some systems could be several hundreds less. Now lets apply a decent lifespan to that system. In my experience I see systems lasting five to seven years all the time. Maybe some repairs or support along the way, maybe not. But just for kicks lets budget $500.00 for repairs and support along the way.

So for a cash register system a five year cost broken down by year including $500.00 for support is $400.00 per year or $33.33 per month. Carry that out to seven years and the cost drops down to $286.00 per year or only $23.81 per month.

Now lets look at a Tablet POS system. The average system is $49.00 per month for the software, plus the cost of the hardware $1149.00 ( I looked at many bundles plus the tablet) and lets factor the same $500.00 for repairs, replacements along the way just as with the cash register system. So for 5 years your total cost is $4589.00 which is $917.80 per year or $76.48 per month and please keep in mind you never own the software. Bump that up to seven years and it changes to $5765.00 total or $823.57 per year which is $68.63

As you can see a cash register is less expensive to operate and it is something you own and you don’t need to continue making payments. With the Tablet systems based on subscription you never stop paying, your data is stored in the cloud and your business is dependent on a rock solid internet connection.

Give us a call to see how a cash register can work better for you 1-800-863-2274

SAM4s cash registers work very well for espresso stands and coffee shops

August 25th, 2014

SAM4s cash registers are the best cash registers for coffee shops and espresso stands for many different reasons. They have many models to select from, they have many options like credit card and gift card interfaces.

One of the most compelling reasons to buy a cash register over a POS system is the total cost of ownership. Why buy a tablet POS system that you have to pay a monthly fee for or be locked into an expensive merchant services account when you can buy a high end durable cash register that will last for years. I think a good life span for a cash register is 5 to 7 years and often much longer. That give you a great return on investment.

If you need help selecting a cash register for your coffee stand please give us a call at 1-800-863-2274

hard to find cash register supplies

August 22nd, 2014

The cash register guys carry the harder to find cash register receipt paper and ink ribbons and rollers. One paper size in particular that seems to be harder for people to find is the 44mm thermal paper. Many Sharp cash registers use 44mm paper including many XE models.

We always stock 44mm thermal as well as 44mm bond paper rolls as well. Not sure what you register uses then call us at 1-800-863-2274 and I’m sure we carry your cash register supplies.

The SAM4s SPS-500 series is the best liquor store cash register on the market

July 18th, 2014
Cash Register
SAM4s SPS-520R
The SAM4s SPS-520R and the SPS-530R are two of the best liquor store cash registers on the market. They are affordable and powerful. The MSRP is Starts at $1049.00 and the options like the card reader and memory expansion are very affordable.
With optional memory these cash registers can accommodate 60K UPC’s more than enough for a liquor store and a smoke shop combined. An office computer is not required with these registers however can be added if so desired.
To round out the perfect system you can add integrated credit card interface with the Datacap twin Tran or IPtran device. Adding interfaced payments keeps your transactions secure and fast.
If you have more questions about the SAM4s SPS-500 series cash registers please contact us at 1-800-863-2274

Programming and service for SAM4s cash registers

June 19th, 2014
We service and support all models of SAM4s cash registers. The most common service requested is helping program SAM4s cash registers. We can program your cash register with you via the phone or if you have a newer model we can make program changes and send to you on a SD card or email.

Our company support cash registers all over North America. So to find out if we can help you please give us a call at 1-800-863-2274

Datacap Twin Tran can be reprogrammed for your business

June 18th, 2014
Datacap Twin Tran
Datacap Twin Tran

The Datacap Twin Tran is a mystery to most credit card companies and users for that matter. They are the middle ware between a cash register and merchant services. The Datacap is used by SAM4s cash registers, Casio Cash Registers and many of the commercial grade Sharp cash registers.

If you bought a store with an existing cash register with a Datacap device attached we can help you reprogram it for your merchant services.

The first step is to call us with the serial number so we can determine the age and version to rule out if an upgrade is needed or not.

There are several Datacap devices available depending on you needs.

  • The Datacap Dial Tran
  • The Datacap IP Tran
  • The Datacap Twin Tran

Then they all have several options to chose from

  • Single lane or multi lane
  • With or without Gift Card Support
  • With or without MSR

To find out which you need call us at 1-800-863-2274 and we will help select the right model for your business.

The SAM4s Tabby is the new ER-650

June 13th, 2014
SAM4s ER-650 cash register
SAM4s ER-650 cash register

The SAM4s ER-650 cash register was such a huge hit with small business people across North America it was sad to see it go. If you were a fan of the 650 and are in need of a cash register you may want to check out the next generation of cutting edge products from SAM4s.

With their years of success building the world’s  best cash registers has now been focused on building the best Tablet POS system on the market. SAM4s is releasing the Tabby which is a ground breaking design in the Tablet POS market.

SAM4s Tabby Tablet POS system
SAM4s Tabby POS system

You may ask yourself what is so ground breaking about the Tabby? Well for one it is the first Tablet POS system that is not cloud based. Your system won’t depend on the ups and downs of your internet connection like all the others are. Another aspect of this new design is nothing new at all, it is good old ownership! Yes with Tabby you buy it like a traditional register or POS system. The other systems want you to make monthly payments for ever and some are over $100.00 per month. Many Tablet POS system also trap you into using a specific credit card merchant services company and matter of fact they won’t sell you their product, you can only make payments and use a merchant services company that charges you more then anyone else would.

Check out the Tabby, check out the freedom is allows you. If you would like more information please call us at 1-800-863-2274 for more information.

The touch screen cash register

June 11th, 2014
SAM4s SPS-2000
SAM4s SPS-2000

The SAM4s SPS-2000 is a touch screen cash register. Not a cash register with a touch screen, it is all screen and no keyboard.

This machine is a fantastic solution for restaurants, bars, cafeterias, snack bars and more. The SPS-2000 is an alternative to pricey computer POS systems. You will find it will do all the POS functions you need at one third the price.

Our company installs and supports the SPS-2000 all over North America. If you are looking for one or already have one and need support give us a call at 1-800-863-2274

Do you need help programming your SAM4s cash register

June 4th, 2014

Do you have a SAM4s cash register that you need help programming the sales tax or a department? We can help with that over the phone. We have reasonable service rates and can help you over the phone. We help with the following list of registers and even more

  • ER-180
  • ER-180T
  • ER-265
  • ER-285M
  • ER-290
  • ER-350
  • ER-350-II
  • ER-380
  • ER-390
  • SPS-320
  • SPS-340
  • SPS-345
  • SPS-520F
  • SPS-520R
  • SPS-530F
  • SPS-530R
  • ER-650
  • ER-650R
  • ER-920
  • ER-925
  • ER-940
  • ER-945
  • SPS-1000
  • SPS-2000
  • ER-4915
  • ER-4940
  • ER-5100
  • ER-5200
  • ER-5200M
  • ER-5240M
  • ER-6500
  • ER-6540
  • SER-7000
  • SER-7040

We can also help with integrated credit card with the Datacap Twin Tran, kitchen printer interfaces, kitchen video, PC interface and much more

So if you need help with your cash register give us a call at 1-800-863-2274

SAM4s not only makes great cash registers they make an awesome iPad POs system too

June 3rd, 2014
SAM4s Tabby iPad POS system

SAM4s makes the best cash registers on the market in North America and now they are bringing you the Tabby a POS system for the iPad that is unlike the dozens of systems on the market today. What makes it different you might ask? Well the first big difference is the Tabby is NOT CLOUD based, you are not subject to the whims of your internet connection. Second big difference is the fact that you do not have to pay monthly fees for the Tabby, you buy it out right instead of paying for five years. And last big difference is you can use any credit card provider you would like unlike so many systems that burden you with a merchant services company charging you very high rates.

If you are not looking for a iPad POS system check out one of the high end cash registers that SAM4s makes. They have models from simple entry level up to high end hybrid registers with touch screens.

If you are not sure which will work best for you call us at 1-800-863-2274 and we will help you figure it out.