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Old Jul 10, 2005, 02:30 AM   #1
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Opening Cafe, mac POS?

For a while now i have been preparing for the opening of my boba cafe in my little city, one of my focuses of the business was to make it very mac friendly as there is not a very huge mac using public, but its growing. I really want to use 2 iMac g4's for my registers, but im having a bit of a problem with hardware and software to run everything with.

I've found 6th sense cafe, tried it a bit, cant really try other hardware like receipt machines and cash boxes as i havent bought them yet. But does anyone have any sort of experience with macs as a pos machine. I'd really hate to use a windows machine to handle my pos because it would be detrimental to the image i want for the place. But i want the best solution possible. Any comments? Suggestions?

Maybe this is a hardware issue? Mods feel free to move.
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Old Jul 10, 2005, 03:12 AM   #2
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In a foodservice establishment, you will need a Point of Sale solution that is extremely durable. My guess is that the iMac might be too fragile for foodservice since you run the risk of spilling coffee, etc... on your machines. However, I have seen Mac POS systems work great for retail locations.
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Old Jul 10, 2005, 03:57 AM   #3
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I'd really hate to use a windows machine to handle my pos because it would be detrimental to the image i want for the place. But i want the best solution possible. Any comments? Suggestions?
iMac and VPC? A bit convoluted but maybe the best of both worlds. You could keep the look and be able to run both types of POS software. There is a larger selection of Windows POS apps so you have a range of budgets. Adding VPC might be too expensive though.
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Old Jul 10, 2005, 04:54 AM   #4
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hey,

i was looking into opening a lil' cafe too a couple of months back. one product i liked was PayGo POS. They sell you the WHOLE solution if you want (scanners, printers, etc) or just certain bits. it's up to you..

http://www.paygopos.com/

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Old Jul 10, 2005, 10:09 AM   #5
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Old Jul 10, 2005, 02:56 PM   #6
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thanks for the suggestions everyone, im downloading paygo right now. And it was the Apple retail solutions page where i found 6th sense. I'll keep u updated. I'll have to find a way to reward all my "business consultants".
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Not liking Paygo so much. Anyone have any other recommendations? Anyone ever use a Mac Pos machine ?
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what do apple stores use? they have mac POS thingies...
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Old Jul 11, 2005, 02:04 AM   #9
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what do apple stores use? they have mac POS thingies...
ive asked, theirs is developed in house and they will not allow outside business's to use it.
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Old May 28, 2008, 05:21 PM   #10
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Not liking Paygo so much. Anyone have any other recommendations? Anyone ever use a Mac Pos machine ?
Speaking as a user of PayGo software, my advice is to look elsewhere. This company has extremely high annual upgrade and maintenance fees that you MUST purchase. So you might think you done by purchasing the software, receipt printers etc...but they keep charging you over $700USD annually for support.

There are lots of other POS software programs out there now for the Mac and I'm sure this will continue. So keep looking ... you can get better stuff/
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Old Jun 22, 2008, 10:00 PM   #11
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I'm not using it for a cafe, but Lightspeed is the definitely the best one that I came across during my search. www.xsilva.com
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Old Mar 24, 2009, 07:50 PM   #12
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paygo pos

hi we have been struggling with paygo for way too long. i'm not sure what is worse, the software or the support. i also agree with the previous post regarding the excessive costs for maintenance, support and upgrades. i would love to hear about mac pos systems that people actually like as i am tired of throwing good money after bad! has anyone tried xsilva ligtspeed? i've heard it's a good one???
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Old Mar 24, 2009, 10:16 PM   #13
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The store I bought both my Macs from (The Mac Shop, Madison WI) was running a G4 iMac POS, but I couldn't tell you what system. I thought it was kind of cool, though.
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Old Oct 30, 2009, 06:18 AM   #14
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I know a good POS SOFTWARE that works beautifully on MACS and PC

I've tried it out and it works really well and is fully downloadable...

http://bcmonaco.com

Hope it helps

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Old Oct 30, 2009, 07:07 AM   #15
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userbadboymc, do you think the OP from Jul 2005, is still looking for a solution?
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Old Oct 30, 2009, 11:25 AM   #16
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ummm... not necessarily but if he/she is then they will be very glad to have a helpful response after 4 years
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Old Mar 20, 2012, 07:52 PM   #17
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We offer complete Mac POS systems that would fit your needs. Please visit http://www.prosperitypos.com/mac-pos-system for more info.
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Old Mar 20, 2012, 09:35 PM   #18
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ummm... I don't think if they didn't respond after 4 years another 3 will make a difference.....
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Old Mar 19, 2013, 06:07 PM   #19
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Has anyone got an update for any good POS systems for Mac? I'm looking for one for a friend who runs a small cafe. I need one with a customizable menu to make drinks and food.
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