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Business Made Easy with POS Hardware

By Benseron Subscribe to RSS | December 7th 2011 | Views:

There are really just a few things you need to bear in mind when you are buying POS hardware for your new retail store. Reliability and Proper components. Regardless whether you are buying POS Equipment systems or bundles, or separate retail POS components, and regardless whether you are buying new retail POS hardware or used, the POS Equipment system must be highly reliable and must contain the following reliable elements: The cash drawer, The credit card swipe, The computer/monitor, The pinpad, laser barcode scanner or The ccd scanner and the receipt printer.

The retail POS hardware must be unconditionally reliable and always ready to take orders and there are no ifs or buts about it. After all, your business sales depend on it! Sure, there is an advantage when you are buying a new computer system as far as reliability. As computers age, their components do become less reliable and can break down over time, so buying new can be advantageous. However, even when buying used, you can inquire about the reliability of the system. Ask about any disruptions of any need to reboot frequently, ask the seller how often the system crash will occur. Used POS Equipment will do just as well as new, if none of that is an issue.

In POS hardware, there will be no batteries to worry about, as most today's cash drawers are USB based. In general, your cash drawer should be highly reliable. The pinpad is USB based and it is a very simple device so there are no issues of it running out of battery juice. In addition, the keypad is robust and it will reliably withstand many daily uses. This is a bigger problem. They can be quite unreliable, even though today's credit card swipes are USB based. I have recently tried to rent a DVD at a DVD kiosk in town. However, the card swipe in that kiosk did not work at all. I had to use another DVD kiosk elsewhere and the owner lost a day's worth of revenues because the card swipe was the only way to pay.

Reliability is the biggest positive thing with today’s receipt from POS Equipment. They mostly use thermal paper and mostly thermal printers. Thus, they have no moving parts other than the paper transport mechanism. Just make sure you have sufficient thermal paper rolls on hand. These are mostly optical, CCD readers. Some of the bar code scanners are wireless, which means that they include a cradle, which is permanently connected to the POS computer, but the hand held barcode scanner is communicating with a cradle via a wireless connection. In such barcode scanners are the rechargeable batteries, the major source of unreliability and failure. Replacing the batteries will be the most likely solution of the problem when the CCD reader is not working properly.

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Benseron is a direct manufacturer of POS Hardware And POS Equipment in USA.

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