Square Wants To Replace Cash Registers With iPads

Square, the iOS credit-card company, wants to replace lame old cash registers with sleek iPads sporting its little square white credit card-reading dongle. The new Square Register app for iPad aims to do just that.

Square became popular for its iPhone app and Square card reader, which let anyone take credit card payments anywhere, without all the hassle of signing up with Visa or other merchants, and without the high fees. For just 2.75% of the transaction, you got to use a beautifully-designed app to take and organize payments.

Square Register is like Square’s big brother. It still accepts credit card transactions (you pay the same 2.75% fee), but adds in a custom inventory so you can quickly ring up purchases. You can also create royalty programs, and list yourself in the Square Directory, a guide to sellers who use Square.

It also allows tipping, uses the same smart receipt system as the iPhone app (paper or email) and can even pop open your cash drawer for people who insist on using real money.

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Imagine: You could run your flea-market stand or your dirty, dusty secondhand book store and yet still live in the modern day.

It’s about time. I was in the restaurant and bar business for many years and almost everyone used the same overpriced POS POS (think about it) from a company whose name rhymes with Picros. Slow service, crazy fees and almost non-existent tech support meant everybody hated it. Now you can get something a thousand times better, for free, and with credit cards thrown in. Nice work, Square.

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  • Brandon Dillon

    2.47% is a bit too much in my opinion. Would I still use this? Absolutely (I used to when I did on-site VoIP installation/repair). I wish they would lower it.

  • JamesStein

    Square Register (https://squareup.com/register) is a really, really cool and versatile product, but its pricing is not competitive even for the smallest of merchants, not counting the one- or two-person businesses or for that matter anyone who would only accept a couple of thousand dollars or so on bank cards a month. Square, for its part, is trying hard to convince anyone who would listen that their pricing model is indeed great, but even a cursory look at the numbers (and you can be sure that merchants will take a more than cursory look at the numbers) tells you that Square’s claim just doesn’t hold up. For a closer analysis: http://blog.unibulmerchantserv….

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