We’ve seen many of you trying the Clover and the Square Stand Point Of Sale. Many other business owners wonder which is better. It does depend on what you are looking for.
 
We researched articles about the Square Stand and worked with the system. We do see it’s appeal. That appeal is more for new businesses who want to take advantage of their basic technology. It’s for those who don’t need the extra capabilities and refuse to pay for features they won’t use.
 
Clover Station is for small to medium businesses. Businesses looking to update their POS system and take advantage of new technology. Many have seen it expand what their current POS can do.
 

Price

 
It seems everyone is in love with Sqaure’s low price of $99. Clover Mini or Flex is a few hundred dollars cheaper when you add the whole set up. The Square setup still needs tablet w/ card swiper, cash drawer, and receipt printer. Businesses who need a very minimal POS system benefit from Square’s a la carte pricing. Even more so if they can get by without the cash drawer and receipt printer.
 
  • Square $1,126-$1,326 (depending on the iPad purchased)
 
  • Stand: $169 or $999 for the Register
 
  • Cash Drawer: $229
 
  • Receipt Printer: $299
 
  • iPad: $499-699
  • More expense the more robust you make it.
 
 
  • Included in price:  tablet and station, receipt printer, and cash drawer
 
 
  • Included in price:  tablet and station, receipt printer, and cash drawer (Same unit as the traditional Clover just smaller)
 
 
  • Included in price:  tablet and station and receipt printer.
 
Both POS systems offer extra accessories, like bar code scanners or cables, as well as, more units. The cool thing with Clover they have 3 POS offers depending on what your needs will be. The monthly Service fees also mean if there are issues you can get someone on the phone when you need help. Square is notorious for being difficult to contact when problems occur.
 

Credit Card Processing

With Square stand you’re going to use Square processing. With Clover you can process payments with a much wider variety of companies. With Kentucky CPS you work with First Data and are eligible for Cash Discount.
 
  • Square: with the POS you would process directly with Square. They charges 2.75% per swipe and 3.5% + $0.15 for keyed in transactions.
 
  • Clover: Clover is sold as a standalone POS system. That means it can be used with a large variety of credit card processing companies. This is good for merchants. It gives them the ability to shop for credit card processing companies and get a lower cost (i.e. less than 2.75% per swipe). Card Payment Solutions USA Customers have seen fees as low as 0%. Never the level of fees Square gives everyone.
 

Manage Your Day to Day operations

 
You can manage day to day operations with both systems.
 
  • Square: With Square Stand, merchants download the Square Register app, which is the all in one POS. Within the app, users are able to manage payments, reporting and more. One downfall of square is you’re trapped. Merchants only have the business management tools Square builds into the app.
 
  • Clover: With Clover Station, merchants are able to access the Clover App Market. This allows merchants to download the specific business management apps they need. The app market is the same idea as the Apple App Store. Apple and third party developers can build apps, which allows for more app diversity. Some apps are free and some that paid. Also, with Clover if you have an idea for an app for your business they will try to build it for you through their app submissions. Like Commerce Sync which helps with quickbooks:

Customer Support

 
Merchants using Square Stand will deal with Square’s customer service department. Which tends to only operate by email. Meanwhile Clover Station users will deal with the credit card processing company. Unfortunately, Square’s customer service has gotten a pretty bad reputation. With Clover, merchants are lucky. Their customer service is the processing company they chose.
 

Design/Aesthetic

 
Both of the companies have done a great job with design. Clover seems to have done a more masterful design. They included the cash drawer and receipt printer into the main concept. (In the mini it’s all in one), where Square seems design was a secondary thought. None the less, these two POS systems are built for the modern business.

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