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I need Cheap Point Of Sale software

Discount_Beds Newbie
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Does anyone know where I can find a excel based Point Of
Sale software? I am looking for something simple and inexpensive… if not free.
All I need it to do is inventory, Sales Invoices and a rudimentary Profit and
Loss report and anything else you guys think I might need for this startup
location. I don’t need it to write checks or process credit cards with this software.
I have looked into QuickBooks and Peach Tree, but they are expensive and over
kill for what I am looking for.

 

I have been looking for something for months

Any Ideas?

Brian
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    LUCKIEST Master
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    Welcome to this web site. How about Run it
    Designed to meet the needs of today's demanding retailers, RunIt offers a more powerful POS software solution. RunIt's
    innovative real-time technology gives you up-to-minute access to your
    business information so you are able to make better and faster
    decisions.

    From in-store point-of-sale to ecommerce and from
    inventory management to accounting, RunIt is a complete
    POS software
    solution. RunIt provides all the real-time tools to run your business
    more profitably.
    With RunIt, you are in complete control of your business information any time of the day and from any location!
    You can
    be at home, on the road or at a trade show and you can still be
    productive and profitable.

    They will also offer a FREE trial, LUCKIEST
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      Discount_Beds Newbie
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      I went to Runit's website to see what it cost and the price is not even listed. That can't be a good sign.
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      Soccer1999 Newbie
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      I have used RUNIT for 11 years in my Retail Stores. Suddenly July 6 I could not complete a sale as it kept erasing the payment information and the error said not paid in full.
      Calling the company they said Rev 4.0 is no longer supported. I would need to upgrade. Further checking showed that all my stores had the very same error and we could not process sales.
      I also understand there were 15 more locations with the same problem.
      Cost to upgrade approx $4,000. Or you could go real time for $90.00 a month.

      Just awful strage to have the same error at the same time.

      I'm switching to another POS system.
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        T.A.POS Novice
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        Soccer1999,, give us a call, we can help you out im sure,, or we can discuss your situation and issues with what you have now...

        www.transactpos.com
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          Soccer1999 Newbie
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          Well I went onto the Web site and filled out the on-line form. No response as yet.

          There must be a simple switch, command embedded in RUNIT that was set.

          I have rev 4.0, which they claim they no longer support. I must buy the upgrade to 5.0 or use their Real-Time POS software that cost $100 plus a month.
          And you must use their Merchant Services as it is integrated in the software. After thirty years in IT, this is bull.

          I do know that my three locations all had the exact same problem at the exact same time. They claim that 15 others had the same issue.

          So anyone else with this issue?

          I can run everything else, except receive payments. It just clears the amount typed in.

          On another note I was looking for an option to Export the data bases, but cannot find any. I can copy, but not export.
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            amspcs Master
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            I believe I warned you a long time ago about the perils of purchasing proprietary products in which you
            MUST use their add-ons and no other. And how can anybody even remotely expect a "POS" system for $19.95 to be useful?

            My best advise: If you can't afford a real POS system, stick with a simple terminal or Virtual Terminal system to process electronic payments until you can.

            AMSPCS
            www.MerchantServices-help.com
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    comppetcare Newbie
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    Depends on your definition of cheap. (Free is best!)

    You may still obtain Microsoft Accounting Express for FREE direct from Microsoft in the download area. This is a basic accounting/management product, with many features available that may be beneficial as your business grows. If it does not answer your immediate needs, I would download it and play with it as your time permits.

    While you are in the download area you may also want to look at all the templates available for Excel. There is a ton of them there that are excellent, and many have user ratings attached. There are, last time I looked, templates for Invoicing, Inventory, and basic financial formats ie: P&L, General Ledger, etc.

    Hope this helps.
    Ben
    Retired MS Great Plains Customer Sales Manager
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      LUCKIEST Master
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      Care, welcome to this web site. Good answer. As you will find out, This web site loves FREE.
      I am a SCORE Counselor and SCORE is FREE of charge.
      Suggestion go to Members and add a few words about yourself.
      Retired MS Great Plains Customer Sales Manager, would like to talk with you.
      email me at " pdeig@juno.com "
      Thanks LUCKIEST
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    Latin Insurer Newbie
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    Quickbooks is as cheap as it gets. not only you can do POS but also track all accounting and billing needs. I've used it for running restaurants, bars and even a small computer's importer
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    Lighthouse24 Master
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    Do you have a community college or vocational school nearby that teaches an Excel class? If so, contact the instructor and see if he/she is aware of anyone who may be able to customize a template and provide exactly what you need for little or no cost. They will almost always know someone who is looking for freelance work or an actual application to complete in order to build a portfolio (sometimes its the instructor himself!). If you have a low number of SKUs (unique items) in inventory and a low volume of transactions each day, then you are right in thinking that a lot of the software you'll find is overkill (and requires more time to learn and use than it's worth). A few spreadsheets can do the job just fine. Best of luck.
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    RongDesign Novice
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    A very FREE website store to look into is Oscommerce. Its easy to use but you have to know what you are doing when it comes to web development. Looks great though, when you play with it for along time it can be your website by itself.

    But I still recommend getting a good website with a store added in. A lot of great designers will be able to review your needs and come up with a well rounded price at http://www.websitequote.org/.
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    alvin101 Newbie
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    Hello Discount_Beds
    First Excel is not free. If you use a spreadsheet you should go get openoffice, its better, its free

    Second spreadsheets don't make very goods POS's, a database is more suited for the job

    The
    POS I use is th-erp http://www.therpsoft.com/ It also is open source
    and free to use, it runs on a web server, but if you need it to run on
    your local machine, it is easy to load WAMP5 (a server) and to use it.

    The nice thing about running it on a web server is once you have it set
    up all you need is a computer and a connection to the internet. That is
    all you need to add a second cash register, or a data entry back in
    shipping and receiving, or when your on vacation to see how the store is
    doing.

    I can get you more information on this if you like, I have a contact form over at www.zoomwireless.net so you can reach me, Chow

    AM
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    Bemore Novice
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    I use an online version of Quickbooks that is very reasonable and I do not have to be concerned about updates. I get any training I need as well but there is a fee for that.
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    TSI4all Newbie
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    you should try out iPOS.

    www.totalsystemintegrator.com
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    hogg02 Newbie
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    Please check us out at TransActPOS. www.psdg.com we have multiple gift stores, hardware stores, etc all over the country. Please email me at wade.hogg@psdg.com or vist our website,, thanks!!!!! ;]
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    amspcs Master
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    Yes, cheap is good. But do you REALLY want to trust your inventory and other tracking mechanisms
    on something 'free'. I have found over the years that you usually get what you pay for, with 'free' being no exception, if you get my drift..

    QuickBooks POS is about as inexpensive and basic as it gets, all things considered, not the least
    of which is customer support.

    Here's a proposition for you: I'm an authorized agent for QB merchant services. I know what QB direct
    sells their POS bundles for, and I have found another source in which I get the very same software
    and hardware much cheaper---I can mark it up a little and STILL resell it for less than what QB direct gets for it. So here's the deal: You set up your merchant account via my affiliate site, and I'll get you the software and hardware package at cost.

    Interested? If so, drop me an email.

    AMSPCS
    amspcs@juno.com
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    mrpositive Newbie
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    AveraSell from POSitive Software is a real point of sale program and the single user version is absolutely free. When the program starts there are a few ads promoting some of the other products and services offered by POSitive Software, but you can quickly skip past them. You don't have to sign up for merchant services, support or anything else in order to use AveraSell. Please visit www.averasell.com to learn more.
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      sonshine1014 Newbie
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      Quickbooks is expensive if you are really struggling.

      You can purchase POS MAID on ebay for $28. It is great for one computer except there are problems if networked. We have been using this for 4 months on 4 computers.

      You can also get Retail Ice on ebay for about the same price. I really love this program but it can't be used with more than one computer. We used this one for 2 years but we needed to run more than one computer.
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      bettybug Newbie
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      Ok here me out on this one. You may not want to believe me, but you will pay the price for not listening to me.

      DO NOT get free POS software. They are cheap, crappy, hard to operate software. Furthermore, think about this. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR SYSTEM GOES DOWN? aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, if that's what your thinking, yo'ure right. YOUR DEAD MEAT LOL! So that's why I recommend you to get something that is RELIABLE, and that you can get technical SUPPORT for. Software that is coded crapily and stops working after a while just isn't worth it.

      Now as to the good software, quickbook and myob and microsoft pos is good. They are around $500 each. The non-POS editions are probably even more cheaper, ~ $200. You should also think about ChikPOS Checkout, that one is $269 (a little more expensive than non-POS quickbook, myob), but it is oriented towards POS requirements.

      Personally, I've had NO problems with it whatsoever. It's a Jeremy Shum Invent so its a quality Aussie product too - helping the economy. The features are also endless... multi-language support, managerial decision making reports, not locked to hardware, fully multi-touch (like iphone), external monitor support, xbrl compliant, auto-generation of online store, can advertise "related products", corporate chat support, show time/date/news on external screen... it's just top stuff. AND it's Windows 7 compatible!
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        AustinLivin Newbie
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        I agree with BettyBug on not buying free or super cheap software. The old adage "you get what you paid for" is still in effect. You can't go wrong with QuickBooks for the price. For more upscale solutions, there are better ones that QuickBooks, however, that can easily cost $10-20k. If you're a small single store location, give those a wide berth!
        Good luck!
        Dave
        Mindover Software
        http://www.mindovercorp.com
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    Newbie
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    You get what you pay for. I sell hundreds of Quickbooks software to small businesses every year. You can personalize the software to fit your business. Quickbooks Pro starts out @ $199.99 and sometimes you can find it on sale for as low as $99.00 at Officemax or any office supply outlet or on-line. Go with the best. I don't work for Intuit by the way.
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      mrpositive Newbie
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      QuickBooks is great accounting software and it does have the ability to handle inventory and create invoices, but it is better suited for a service oriented business, like a landscaper, rather than a retailer. If you do more than a few transactions a day, then you really need to look at a true point of sale program.
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        Newbie
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        Depends on the Quickbooks you use. Quickbooks POS does everything you need for inventory control, invoicing, ect. for hundereds of items daily. A POS regester system can also be purchased from Quickbooks that includes cash drawer, credit card scanner, bar code reader, receipt printer and the Q/B POS software. All you need to do is hook the system up to a computer and load the program. Again, I don't work for Intuit, but I have sold the product.
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      sonshine1014 Newbie
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      None of the quickbooks products you mentioned are point of sale, which is what the post asked for. Quickbooks point of sale is $800 for each station or computer. It was going to cost me $3200 for my 4 computers. That is a lot for a struggling small business just getting started. That is not cheap. I got POS Maid for 4 computers for little over $100.
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    Davepearce Newbie
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    Hi Brian
    If you want a totally free POS system that is very easy to use, accepts bar code scanners, various printers and does nearly everything and very easy to set up and use, then try Cash Register By Dale Harris. I looked at the website and thought it looked a piece of junk being a small program and the tacky look of the website, but the free software works excellent and so easy to use. Its not excel is the only problem I see for you. It actually runs in Msdos , but will run from your windows main screed. Take a look it cost nothing though he does offer a donation if the person likes it, but you don’t have to pay anything. I tried many free POS programs which had too many features for a small retail business, but this is so easy even the sales girl.
    only took 30 minutes to understand it.

    This is the download link.

    http://pages.prodigy.net/daleharris/pos.htm

    Very easy to setup once you read what it says. For some reason the files download as .ex, but you need to rename it as .exe. I don’t know the reason for this as I don’t know dos, but guess its to stop it loading from download or something, but I’m sure you will like it if you try it. Its the most simple I ever tried and runs without a hitch, will even work over a network if you need it
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    AustinLivin Newbie
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    Hi,
    I sell accounting software for a living. Most of the time I run QuickBooks into the ground because I'm trying to get customers to upgrade to a more robust software application. That said, QuickBooks is a market leader for small businesses, including retail companies. You can't go wrong with it, there are tons of QuickBooks experts who can support you for a reasonable rate, CPA's use QuickBooks...I can go on. So, if you are looking for cheap, reliable, excellent functionality in an accounting/POS solution, QuickBooks is your answer!
    Hope this helps!
    Dave
    www.TheSageCloser.com
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    quickbooksgal Newbie
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    If you want inventory management and don't want to pay for a full POS, then just buy QuickBooks Pro and an inventory scanner, and use it that way. You can get a cash box to manage the actual money. If you need additional help or to get a great deal, let us help you at www.quickbooks-consulting.com
    Hope this helps!
    Denise
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    bettybug Newbie
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    I would agree with what people are saying about free trials, GET IT! The ChikPOS trial will cost you $19.99, but it's VERY good, and VERY worth it, and when you purchase the full product, you will get a reimbursement for that amount too!!! Or you could just go to a warez site and download it =P hehe

    Anyway, as to the good software, quickbook and myob and microsoft pos is
    good. They are around $500 each. The non-POS editions are probably even
    more cheaper, ~ $200. You should also think about ChikPOS Checkout,
    that one is $269 (a little more expensive than non-POS quickbook,
    myob), but it is oriented towards POS requirements.

    Personally, I've had NO problems with it whatsoever. It's a Jeremy Shum
    Invent so its a quality Aussie product too - helping the economy. The
    features are also endless... multi-language support, managerial
    decision making reports, not locked to hardware, fully multi-touch
    (like iphone), external monitor support, xbrl compliant,
    auto-generation of online store, can advertise "related products",
    corporate chat support, show time/date/news on external screen... it's
    just top stuff. AND it's Windows 7 compatible!
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    posforyourmac Newbie
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    Checkout these links on a POS software called BCResto. The system was developed by Business Computing Monaco and works on both Mac and PC.

    Links: http://www.macnn.com/articles/09/11/05/bcresto.enables.sales.and.billing.management/

    http://www.softscout.com/software/Customer-Sales-and-Service/Retail-and-Point-of-Sale-POS/BCResto.html

    http://mac.sofotex.com/download-139587.html

     

    Official website: http://www.bcmonaco.com/bcresto

     

    The POS system works beautifully on Mac's and is fully downloadable
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      POSman Newbie
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      hi.. i agree with all the post here about Point of sale system and softwares.. but if you want to know more about advance POS system that is very affordable with your budget please try to check CEGID Solutions www.cegid.us they are the international leader in POS system with over 50,000 stores installed worldwide including tycoon companies.. they have everything you need for a POS software. if you want to know more about CEGID Solutions call me at 212-967-4477. ask for marvin edwards
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    davbrown74 Newbie
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    Our company just recently acquired POS Software Systems from VisualRetailPlus.com. Their software is top-notch and very easy to use.
    You can find them at http://www.visualretailplus.com/home.asp

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