Square Pushes Further Into the Cash Register Business With the Square Stand

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, May 14, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Credit card processing company Square has added another product to its growing repertoire of small business solutions, today announcing the Square Stand -- a $299 iPad stand with a built-in credit card swiper and USB ports to add peripherals like a cash drawer, receipt printer and barcode scanner.

    The stand is meant to pair with the Register checkout app that the company unveiled last year to give retail stores a cheaper option than pricey full-featured point-of-sale systems. Square updated its Register app with barcode scanning last month.

    Though existing Square customers can purchase other stands, or simply use a free-floating iPad with Square's card swiper, AllThingsD spoke to Square CEO Jack Dorsey about the unserved market that he believes the Square Stand serves:
    The stand is available for $299, with a USB-compatible cash drawer ($199), receipt printer ($199), and barcode scanner ($99) available as add-ons. Retailers can add an entry-level iPad 2 and have a full register setup for under $1,200.

    The Square Stand is available for preorder now, shipping July 8th.

    Article Link: Square Pushes Further Into the Cash Register Business With the Square Stand
  2. JayCee842, May 14, 2013
    Last edited: May 14, 2013

    macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2013
  3. Contributing Editor


    Jun 2, 2011
    Durango, CO
    I suspect you do not run a retail store. These aren't $0.99 apps that you're downloading!
  4. macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2012
    You can't print receipts with a Retina Macbook Pro
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2013
    I actually skimmed through the post. Sorry. My misunderstanding.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    I wonder if they take the iPad home at the end of the day.
    People steal Point of Sale computers for the hard drive and they can find credit card numbers in the Windows Page file. That iPad would be a clear target too.
  7. macrumors member


    Aug 16, 2007
    What about a Chip Card Reader? People expect those in stores these days (and basically every that's not microscopic has them). At least that's how it is up here in Canada...
  8. macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2007
    Louisiana, United States
    If you do run a retail store that's not just a mom-and-pop-shop, Square slams you on the rake. Believe it or not their percentage "take" on each swipe is pretty terrible if you have any kind of scale.

    The barebones register looks pretty nice though. Better than most 3rd party clunky solutions.
  9. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    And Europe. But not in the U.S., AFAIK.
  10. macrumors 68030

    Mar 30, 2004
    The stand looks spiffy, but Square missed the opportunity by offering add-ons that do not match the aesthetics of the iPad and the stand.

  11. Contributing Editor


    Jun 2, 2011
    Durango, CO
    Yeah, the 2.75% isn't as good if you have decent volume, but they do have a good option for businesses who handle $250k per year in swipes.

    They're aiming for (what they view as) the underserved small to medium-size market.
  12. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    Does that not seem awfully pricey to anyone else? Not the add ons so much as the $300 stand? How much could it possibly cost them to make each one... $60?
  13. macrumors regular


    Jun 29, 2012
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2003
    What is the standard % that other credit card processors charge?
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2008
    I assume you've never looked into how much it costs to own and operate point of sale systems in a retail store. These are very affordable offerings aimed at small businesses who would like cheaper alternatives.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2012
    That has to be one of the best commercials I have seen in a long time.
  17. macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2012
    $300 for the basic card reader stand with usb ports? This pricing seems atrocious! Doesn't this seem ridiculously over priced?
  18. macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    that is indeed a nice ad

    costs on the other hand..
  19. macrumors 68030


    Jul 17, 2002
    Corvallis, OR
    I use Square for my business. The one thing that has continued to annoy me is the location of the "finished signing" button. I let my customers use a stylus, as the vast majority of people are more comfortable signing their name with something like a pen than with their finger, and if you're using a stylus that button is right where your hand is likely to bump the screen. I've had quite a few customers just start signing (barely more than the first stroke of their signature) only to have the button bumped and on it goes.

    I brought this up with Square when it first came up, years ago now, and to date, through numerous updates, they have done nothing about it. Is it so hard to move the button to the top of the screen? Is there really a compelling reason to have it at the bottom the supersedes this glaring UI issue?
  20. macrumors 68020

    May 20, 2011
    2.75% and no monthly fees is not bad for someone who does very, very low volume - like 20-30 transactions that are under $100 each per month. If you start doing more, almost any merchant will offer you much better rates. Bank of America for example offered me 2.0-2.25% swipes (Visa/MC, Amex) with $20/month, no setup fees. That was based on a $5000/mo volume. If you do more, they put you below the 2%.

    Walmart, I believe, pays 0.5% or less per swipe.

    Square is going to fail when businesses realize their competition is getting better and offering rates based on volume for iOS/Android devices.

    I left square when my volume increased to the point where paying 1.85% and $20 per month was cheaper than paying 2.75%. Losing revenue shouldn't be part of anyone's business plan and Square seems to only cater to those people who sell shoes from the trunk of their car.


    great commercial by the way
  21. macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2010
    "Retailers can add an entry-level iPad 2 and have a full register setup for under $1,200."

    No way. The iPad 2 doesn't have a retina display. :)
  22. macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    Seems like a waste of an iPad for it to just do POS transactions? Especially when there are cheaper android tablets out there.
  23. macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    I swear you could make an app that turns crap into gold and someone would moan it was overpriced at $15.

    In the real world, stuff costs money. If that stuff is going to help you run a profit-making business expect it to cost a lot of money.
  24. macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2007
    These things probably cost more due to the durability of the product (just like all restaurant furniture). There was a wooden one launched on KickStarter the other day that looks a lot better to me, but it would depend on which store you were buying them for.
  25. macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2012
    San Francisco Bay Area, California
    Square must be expecting customers to use a finger rather than a stylus, in which case you are unlikely to inadvertently touch the "Finished Signing" button. Having it at the bottom right of the screen puts it exactly where your finger will be when you finish signing.

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