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Review: Quickbooks Point of Sale

Quickbooks POS makes simple the overly complex problem of tracking and quantifying the numerous aspects of running and managing a business.

If you own, run, or administer IT for a retail business, you know how important a Point of Sale can be. So important is the POS component, that a poorly designed, managed, or installed POS can cause a seemingly infinite amount of headaches. But these headaches go beyond the usual poorly designed software headaches. POS issues hit owners where it hurts the most - the bottom line.

A good POS can resolve a lot of those issues. A great POS can not only help you get beyond the issues common to POS systems, but it can also help your business grow well beyond what you might have thought was your peek potential. If you're looking for the best of the best, look no further than Quickbooks Point of Sale.

Specifications

  • At least a 1.8GHz processor
  • At least 256MB of RAM (512MB if running Windows Vista) for a single user
  • At least 512MB of RAM (1GB if running Windows Vista) for multiple, concurrent users
  • .NET Framework 2.0 or greater
  • Data1.cab file must be present on the PC
  • Additional vendor information
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Who's it for?

Quickbooks Point of Sale is for any size business looking to make the most out of their POS system. Quickbooks POS can handle a single register at a single location or multiple registers at multiple locations. Quickbooks POS is for any business owner serious about maximizing profits, sales, and margins.

What problem does it solve?

Quickbooks Point of Sale makes simple the often overly complex problem of tracking and quantifying the numerous aspects of running and managing a business at the point of sale. And because Quickbooks POS integrates seamlessly with Quickbooks Financials, this duo can cover all of your business financial needs.

Standout features

  • Simple interface
  • Multi-user
  • Groups allow different security levels for different users
  • Helpful learning center
  • Automatic backup
  • Integration with all Quickbook titles (including Quickbase)
  • Manage multiple stores from one location
  • Outstanding support from Intuit Service Providers

What's wrong?

If you are looking to cut costs, and only purchase one license of Quickbooks Point of Sale, you will only be able to have the POS open on one machine at a time. This works fine if you have a single register and a back office, where the back office need only run the software at the beginning or end of day. If, however, the back office and a single register need to run POS simultaneously two licenses will have to be purchased.

Another issue is that if you have installed Windows XP without the .cab files you might have trouble getting the installation to work.

Competitive products

Bottom line for business

If you are looking for the de facto standard POS software look no further than Intuit's Quickbooks Point of Sale. Whether you have a single location or multiple locations, Quickboooks POS can empower your business to maximize effort and profits. Quickbooks POS is easy to use, easy to manage, scalable, and reliable.

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9 comments
dgearyjr
dgearyjr

Since the original review article was written in 2010, some very important changes have taken place within Intuit that can seriously limit those who purchase the software. I have used the software for the past 2 years. I thought it was an excellent value for the money having used other POS systems in the past. It even linked with Quickbooks Pro and allowed me to sync with a webstore the company offered. However, that changed with the introduction of Quickbooks POS 10.0. For some it will still be useful, but if you ever even entertain the idea of a webstore (and these days, small businesses must think about that reality earlier than later given how the webstore market has changed in the last 5 years) I would like to seriously warn you not to buy this product. You'll be trapped into something that will not meet your needs as your business grows. Only Quickbooks POS 8.0 will still sync with their website and support for that product will end in May 2012. I am now faced with searching for a new POS system. Hopefully, this comment can assist someone else from avoiding the mess I must now deal with.

alexsaca2
alexsaca2

Now people are making use of hosting service for quickbooks, i would like to get more information about it. I got one site Onthenetoffice and thinking to use it.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

What is your preferred point of sale application?

Molly M
Molly M

CounterPoint from Radiant Systems. It's been around a lot longer than QB and much more features and flexibility because of that. How the application works with peripherals (card reader, receipt printers) is just as important when choosing an app.

Justin James
Justin James

Unfortunately, the article didn't discuss its compatability with barcode scanners, cash drawers, credit card readers, etc. I would imagine that more the vast majority of users, those pieces of hardware are important to know about. Also, I'd like to know what credit card payment systems the system supports. For example, if we use Payflow for our online store, can it tap into that too? Or would we need a seperate system to process the POS payments? J.Ja

daviddavidasa
daviddavidasa

So is this issued resolved or is QBPOS not integrated with the items you already talked about?

charleswdavis6670
charleswdavis6670

Transfer sales data to QuickBooks Financial software Synch customer data and accounts receivable with QuickBooks Financial software Send time cards to QuickBooks Financial Software for payroll processing

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