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How Much Does a Cash Register Cost?

 
low costLow: $110-$200average costMedium: $200-$300high costHigh: $300-$800
Typical costs:
  • Electronic cash registers (ECRs) cost $110-$800 or more, but for $200-$300 you can get a basic model with a thermal printer, a built-in pole to display prices to the customer and a locking cash drawer. The more sophisticated registers are usually part of a computerized point of sales system, which can cost anywhere from $1,500-$20,000, depending on the level of sophistication
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What should be included:
  • Cash registers range from small, inexpensive models that run on batteries or an AC charger and fit inside a briefcase, to larger, heavier-duty electric versions with features such as an attached bar code scanner. Even the most basic models usually store at least a few product or department codes and keep records, tracking sales and taxes. Larger, more expensive versions store more codes and come with features such as a bar scanner. All machines should have a locking cash drawer for security; some have pass codes as well. WiseGeek.com[1] gives a quick overview.
  • The average electronic cash register should last 10-15 years, with upgrades after about 5-7 years.
Discounts:
  • Check your local newspaper for businesses that are closing; a second-hand cash register will be much less expensive.
  • AceDepot.com[2] sells both new and factory-refurbished machines from a variety of manufacturers.
Shopping for a cash register:
  • A few of the major cash register manufacturers are Royal[3] , Casio[4] , Toshiba and Sharp[5] .
  • CashRegisterGroup.com[6] gives suggestions by type and size of business. You can also compare prices at CashRegistersOnline.com[7] or BizRate.com[8] .
  • Before making your choice, review the warranty on each model, and check the cost, availability and frequency of replacements needed for supplies such as ink ribbons or receipt paper.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.wisegeek.com/what-should-i-consider-when-buying-a-cash-register.htm
  2.  www.acedepot.com/cash-registers.html
  3.  www.royalsupplies.com/
  4.  www.casio-intl.com/asia-mea/en/sa/
  5.  www.sharp.co.uk/cps/rde/xchg/gb/hs.xsl/-/html/business-electronics.htm
  6.  www.cashregistergroup.com/acatalog/Buying_guide.html
  7.  www.cashregistersonline.com
  8.  www.bizrate.com/cash-registers-pos-equipment/
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