When a POS doesn't make sense financially, what cash register brands/models do you guys recommend? Seems like all I read is how hard they are to program. Is there anyone out there that just loves their cash register? My top two right now are Casio PCR-T470 and Sharp XE-A206. Anyone have experience with the dealer-programmed models?
I suggest looking into the Square POS for iPad. It's free to download and use - and they even send you a credit card dongle for swiping cards.
We ran a test in a production environment on the POS back in June during a festival and it performed admirably, though there were a few glitches that I presume have been corrected by now. Evidently, Square makes up for its costs through the CC fees, which are about 2.75% per transaction. More than what my company pays per transaction today but certainly more affordable than a traditional POS terminal ($5K).
In fact, as we move forward with expansion into different markets, we're going to test implement the SquarePOS and see how it performs.