Clover vs Square

A closer look at the top two competing POS systems in the micro business retail market.

The world of e-commerce is super confusing. If you are like most of my clients, they have never set-up up an online store before and don’t even know where to start.

They usually end up doing some homework and jump into the most all-inclusive, easiest and what seems to the be the most affordable option at the time. Then, either one of two things happen, they:

1) feel oversold, and it’s not as easy as it seemed and they run into all sorts of issues making the whole process super frustrating

2) find out that it’s not as cheap as they thought, they try to get their rate down only to realize that they are locked into something either by contract or by already have buying the system, they can’t afford or don’t want to pay for another whole new system

This is where I come in.

Starting off with the right system is the first step when it comes to starting an e-commerce website and/or retail store. Knowing exactly the pros and cons BEFORE you jump in is key to making that right choice.

Below I’ve taken the top two competing Point-of-Sale (POS) systems specifically designed what my clients are looking for, Clover and Square.

Overall, I’d rate the Clover a much better value. At the end of the day, you just want to be prepared in what you are getting to and not being oversold or locked into any situation that you will regret.

– Christy Huisenga (Beving)

Clover vs Square
CloverSquare
One Time Cost of Equipment$1299$1126-$1326
Monthly Cost of Apps to Run Register$0-$29/mo per Register$60/mo per Register
Payment ProcessingMerchant has ability to use a credit card processing company of their choice to get a lower cost (i.e. less than 2.75% per swipe)2.75% per Swipe

3.5% + $0.15 for Keyed in transactions

Software
(Both have Inventory and Reporting Tools already Installed)
Access to the entire Clover App Market that has hundreds of apps, some FREE and some paid, starting at .99 cents per monthAccess to Square Register App Only
MobilityClover Mobile, an optional full featured handheld device perfect for restaurants and/or taking payments on the goSquare Phone Swiper available only, with limited features and functionality
Online Store Online store app available or sync integrations available, costs between FREE and $100/moSync integrations available, costs between $50-$100/mo
Customer SupportOverall good customer supportPretty bad reputation because of lack of availability
Design / AesthicsAll white look is modern and sleekWhite and black still looks modern

Overall, I’d rate the Clover a much better value. At the end of the day, you just want to be prepared in what you are getting to and not being oversold or locked into any situation that you will regret.

That is why, I offer my on-site POS & Online Store setup. I can come to your store and get everything handled from start to finish, then train you on how to use so that you can get started in the right direction, the very first time. Contact me for more information.

This above chart is based on the research done in October, 2017.Prices are subject to change without notice. It is in no way an actual estimate or quote for equipment or services. For cost of equipment, I included the cost of an iPad, Stand w/ Chip Reader/Swiper, Cash Drawer & Barcode Scanner.

REFERENCES: www.Clover.com, www.Square.com