How Much Does a Point Of Sale System Cost?

POS systems typically cost around $1,250 for an upfront investment and then around $1,000 per year to use the software.

Point of sale (POS) systems have become so advanced, they’re pretty much computers – but that doesn’t necessarily make them expensive. In fact, you probably own one of the priciest parts of a POS system already: the tablet.

Combine your tablet with POS software, a card reader and receipt printer, and you have a relatively cheap payment system that’s good enough to meet the needs of most small retail and restaurant businesses. 

We know that finding a POS system for the right price can be a time consuming process, so let our comparison service do all the hard work for you. Sounds cool right? To get involved, all you have to do is tell us about your business, and we’ll match your business with some trusted POS suppliers. POS has never been so simple!

To learn more about the latest POS prices, carry on reading below…

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POS Hardware Costs

The great thing about a POS system is that you can make it as basic or as sophisticated as you want. However, to give you an idea of what you’ll need, we’ve created a rough guide on the average POS hardware costs based on the size of your business.

Size of business

What you’ll need

Overall cost

Start-up retail unit or restaurant

  • Tablet
  • Card reader

$590

Small 

  • Tablet
  • Card reader
  • Receipt printer
  • Cash drawer

$920

Medium 

  • 2x tablet
  • 2x card reader
  • Printer
  • Cash drawer

$1,400

Large

  • 3x fixed POS systems

$5,000 (includes software)

POS Hardware Costs Conclusion

POS providers are often flexible with their hardware packages, giving you the option to pay for the hardware on a monthly basis, or to purchase it outright. Most suppliers will also offer tablet stands, barcode scanners, and the option to purchase on-going supplies, such as receipt printer paper.

POS suppliers may also be able to provide discounts for companies that require a more sophisticated hardware package. Does that sound like your business? You can see whether our suppliers can offer your business some killer deals on hardware, simply by sharing some quick details on our handy online form

TouchBistro
Pricing From $89/month
Pricing
Package Price (billed annually)What you'll get
Lean $89/month Integrated payments, 24/7 customer support, API access
Standard $159/month Accounting, ecommerce, integrated payments, 24/7 customer support, API access
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VendHQ
Pricing From $99/month
Pricing
Package Price What you'll get
Lite (1 iPad) $99/month 24/7 online support, small business reporting, Xero accounting, unlimited products and users
Pro (1-6 iPads) $129/month Dedicated account manager, customized onboarding

POS Software Costs Conclusion

While software suppliers often have a standard price for basic packages, the bespoke prices will increase the more features you require. 

Picking the right POS features for your business can be, well, tricky business. Our recommendations? Get in touch with a supplier, and they’ll be able to suggest a suitable software package to save you the hassle.

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Credit Card Fees 

A merchant account processes the payments between your terminal and bank. They can either be provided by your bank, or by a POS supplier, and they will charge a fee to process each credit card transaction.

As a rough guide, the standard credit card processing fee in the US is usually between 2.3% and 2.5%. However, these are usually higher if customers purchase products through your website. There are other factors that can influence the percentage, but these are best discussed with an expert. 

Check out our credit card fee comparison table below for some of the most popular POS suppliers…

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Package

Vend

Package

TouchBistro

Package

Upserve

Package

Square

Package

Lightspeed

Package

Toast

Swiped rate transaction fee

2.90% + $0.30

Swiped rate transaction fee

2.99% + $0.15

Swiped rate transaction fee

2.49% + $0.15

Swiped rate transaction fee

2.60% + $0.10

Swiped rate transaction fee

2.60% + $0.10

Swiped rate transaction fee

1.8% + $0.15

Keyed in rate transaction fee

3.30% +$0.30

Keyed in rate transaction fee

2.90% + $0.25

Keyed in rate transaction fee

2.49% + $0.15

Keyed in rate transaction fee

3.50% + $0.15

Keyed in rate transaction fee

2.60% + $0.30

Keyed in rate transaction fee

1.8% + $0.15

POS Costs by Industry

Here’s a breakdown of the costs of a POS system by industry. Bear in mind that the following costs are a rough guide and you should speak to a supplier for more accurate pricing.

In this section, we’ll compare some of each industry’s most popular POS system packages, comparing the low, mid, and high-price range packages available. The prices shown are either a monthly subscription, or a one-off fee.

Restaurant POS Systems Cost

As a restaurateur, customizing menus, running financial reports and managing ingredients are just a few of your regular assignments. Unspecialized POS systems just can’t handle the heat of the kitchen. Luckily, the best restaurant POS systems are designed with you in mind.

No two businesses are truly the same, and so some will require fewer features. For example, if you need a POS system for your food truck, you won’t need to spend as much on your hardware.

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Vend

Upserve POS

Price
  • Lite – $99/month
  • Pro – $129/month
Price
  • Core – $59
  • Pro – $199
  • Pro Plus – £359
Key Features
  • Cloud-based
  • Great stock management tools
  • Loyalty programs
Key Features
  • Offline mode
  • Analytics
  • Training mode

 

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Grocery POS Systems Cost

Grocery POS systems are purpose-built to handle large numbers of customers. While you rack up sales, a great grocery POS lets you manage your inventory, set up automatic low stock alerts, and accept gift cards, all with the tap of a touchscreen. The best solutions even use advanced analytics and reporting to shed valuable insight into your best and worst selling products.

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Revel Systems

Square for Retail

Price
  • $99 min. monthly fee (per terminal)
  • On-boarding from $674
Price
  • Free – $0
  • Plus – $60
  • Premium – custom pricing
Key Features
  • Barcode scanners,
  • Scales
  • Receipt printers
  • Customer-facing displays
  • Self-checkout
Key Features
  • Add TikTok shopping tabs
  • Sales reports
  • Team management
  • Integrated payments
  • Same-day and instant transfers
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Salon POS Systems Cost

The more time you spend pampering your customers, the more money you’ll make from their repeat business. But it’s easier said than done when you’ve got lots of payments to process and appointments to manage, especially during peak hours.

That’s where salon POS software can help. Bespoke salon solutions help you manage bookings with ease, reschedule appointments, and take requests for new ones. Purchasing a salon POS is a surefire way to boost the efficiency and profitability of your business.

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Rosy's Cloud

Price

From $29/month

Key Features
  • One click customer check-ins
  • Credit card processing
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Bar POS Systems Cost

As a bar owner, you no doubt keep close tabs on hourly, daily and seasonal trends that affect drink prices. If you serve food, you probably also juggle ticket orders, food preparation and section seating. But what if your POS system could do all of that for you? Specialized bar POS systems can help with all of these tasks, and more.

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Epos Now

Zettle

Price

Core hardware/software starts from $1,145

$39 (standard) or $54 (premium)/month

 

Price
  • Card transactions – 1.75%
  • First reader: $29 (additional readers: $79)
Key Features
  • Accounting software integrations
  • Streamlined ordering system
  • Connect to major delivery apps
Key Features
  • Card/cash payments
  • Reports
  • Gift cards
  • Discounts
  • Staff management
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How Much Do iPad POS Systems Cost?

As touched upon already, using iPad-based POS systems is the preferred option of many small businesses. Most suppliers offer some kind of tablet integration for their software.

Three big benefits of iPad POS systems are:

  • Easy to set up and train staff to use
  • Mobile, helping staff deliver consistent customer care across locations
  • Lower repair and maintenance costs than most desktop-based systems
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NCR Silver

Clover

Price
  • Starter – from $0/month
  • Premium – from $175/month
Price

Clover Station: $1,199

Clover Mini: $599

Key Features
  • Contactless
  • Real-time alerts and analytics
  • 24/7 customer support
Key Features
  • Intuitive back office
  • Offline mode
  • Take payments & refunds over phone, email or mail

Expert Verdict

By now, you should have a better idea of the general POS costs. To summarize, POS system costs depend on three things:

  1. Industry: From multi-location retail to independent eateries, different POS solutions target different niches
  2. Hardware: The amount of hardware you need usually depends on the scale of your business
  3. Software features: Software pricing usually depends on the number of features you need

Bear in mind that POS solutions are no longer one size fits all. It’s now possible to invest in a POS system that is completely tailored to the needs of your business. This means the cost of a POS system should be completely tailored, too.

We know that finding a POS for the right price can be a time consuming process, but our quick, easy, and free comparison service does all the hard work for you. To receive tailored quotes from trusted suppliers, simply tell us about your POS desires and they’ll be in touch.

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Zara is a law grad with a penchant for wordsmithing. As Expert Market’s CRM and payroll expert, she relishes researching and writing expert content.