We hear this question all the time "Should I buy a cash register or a POS system? Well the answer depends on your needs of course and budget.
We do often see people buy very expensive POS systems that have more features then anyone will ever use and probably spent $5000.00 to $10,000.00 more then they would have with a cash register system.
Cash registers and POS both do most of the same "sale" functions, like ring up specific items, charge tax, compute change issue a receipt etc. Often a cash register can do these things much much faster.
Where a cash register and POS start to separate is in the reporting. Cash registers do not store sales by date and time where a POS does. Inventory tracking widens the gap even more. Registers count how many of something you have sold but will not or do a poor job of actually tracking inventory. If you want reports of what to order based on min and max and current stock then hands down POS only.
The cost of ownership is almost always cheaper for a register then a POS system.
Give it a lot of thought before pulling the trigger on either one! Need help with the choice? Call us 1-800-863-2274