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Shopify in 100 Words or Less…

Shopify and e-commerce go hand in hand. In fact, you might not have even known Shopify also offers a retail POS system. If e-commerce is your thing, stop looking and just go with Shopify – there’s not a better choice out there at this price range. The software is clean, sleek, and easy to use, however, the retail portion lacks many handy features found in other POS systems. Shopify’s pricing structure is also unique with additional stations not costing anything extra, which can save hundreds in monthly expenses.

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Shopify in a Few More Words…

If you’re starting a brick-and-mortar business, Shopify can create a bit of a tricky situation. Frankly, there are better retail POS systems out there, but many prospects we talk to envision creating a web store and selling thousands of units online on a daily basis. More often than not, these online stores are never created. If they are, they sell maybe a single unit a week. Bottom line, we never recommend making your POS decision on the possibility of a future business line that may or may not happen. Listen, if e-commerce is your thing, go with Shopify. But, if you’re thinking about selling online down the road, consider a few other options as well.

What Types of Businesses Use Shopify

  • Specialty Retail and Boutiques
  • Multi-location Retailers
  • Online Retailers
  • Retailers with Many Terminals
  • Pet Stores
  • Mobile Businesses
  • Clothing and Apparel Stores
  • Vape Shops
  • Sporting Good Stores

Shopify Pricing

  • Total cost includes an upfront hardware purchase plus ongoing software and service fees, depending on the software version
  • Initial hardware can range from $1,400 to $1,800 per register, if you include the iPad
  • Advertised pricing does not include the iPad or the scanner – so keep that in mind


  • Retail POS Only. No Online Store. Excludes Hardware.


  • Includes Online Store. Excludes Hardware.


  • Includes Online Store. Excludes Hardware.

Retail POS Only. Excludes Gift Cards and Advanced Reporting. Standard Credit Card Fees.

Retail POS and Online Store. Excludes Gift Cards and Advanced Reporting. Standard Credit Card Fees.

Retail POS and Online Store. Includes Gift Cards and Advanced Reporting. Better Credit Card Fees.

Pricing Summary

Because the Lite System excludes the Online Store (i.e., the best feature), must customers go with the Basic System. Although $69/month is more than the Basic System, the additional e-commerce site makes up for the difference.

One of the most appealing aspects about Shopify is that additional registers don’t cost anything. This can be huge if you operate multiple stations.

Let’s Talk Software Features

We’ve reviewed the best and worst features of Shopify POS

Shopify’s Strongest Features

Shopify is the best choice, period, for e-commerce and point of sale integration. The online store is easy to setup and offers a host of features. The available designs are sleek and modern and make any business look like they have a professionally-designed website. Online and brick-and-mortar sales are tracked through the system to always provide an accurate inventory count.
Like most iPad based systems, setup is quick and easy. The setup for the online store is equally simple, although we recommend having high quality images of your products before you get started.
This is a rather specific feature, but if you want to track sales – and sales only – from multiple locations, then Shopify is a great solution for you.
Each inventory item can have three attributes and unlimited variants. Inventory can be tracked separately for each variant/value. This is a really strong feature for clothing stores and shoe stores.
Shopify does a great job of capturing customer information, which is not surprising given its roots as an e-commerce tool. If you only want to capture information and export it to third-party marketing software, then Shopify will work fine.

Shopify offers several third-party integrations. In general, third-party integrations have their pros and cons. First, you have the ability to utilize an application designed specifically for a single function – for example, Shopify offers accounting integration with QuickBooks Online. Conversely, having third-party integrations requires additional fees and forces you to use multiple software platforms, which takes away from a POS system’s ability to automate and consolidate multiple business functions.

Some of Shopify’s integrations include: Xero (accounting), ecomdash (multi-channel inventory management), Stitch Labs (reports), Collect (customer loyalty), and MailSync (email marketing).

Shopify can easily be taken on the go, and if internet connectivity is ever lost, offline redundancy kicks in and allows the POS to continue to operate (minus credit cards). Once connectivity has been restored, the system will synchronize all activity with the back office.
Most POS systems allow for pictures to be added to each inventory item, but in reality, we rarely see this feature used. However, because most Shopify customers also use the Online Store, they tend to go the extra mile and attach pictures to each inventory item. Labeling each item with a picture can help clerks during checkout as well, as reps on the floor show product images to customers (think of a clothing boutique showing different colors and styles).

Shopify’s Worst Features

Shopify does not support purchase orders.
QuickBooks integration is only available with QuickBooks Online (i.e., not the desktop version). The integration only syncs sales and COGS totals and doesn’t offer a detailed, itemized sync.
Shopify doesn’t allow you to set re-order points for inventory items within the system.
Shopify does not track employee time and attendance in the system.
Discounts and price changes can be made to each item or to the grand total from the POS screen. There are no options for pre-defined discount buttons or time-based pricing. There are no options for calendar-based pricing. There are no options for customer-specific price levels, or “VIP pricing.”
Many liquor stores, tobacco stores, and C-stores frequently use a case-break feature to purchase product in cases and then sell by individual unit. This is a great inventory tool to help these businesses stay organized, but Shopify doesn’t offer this feature.
Shopify does not integrate with scales. Scale integration is critical for many markets, groceries, delis, yogurt shops, and farmer’s markets.
Shopify is not a good fit for cafes or restaurants.
Although the more expensive plans offer Advanced Reporting, Shopify’s standard reports fall short of other competitors. The system has some flashy graphs, but if you want to really dig into your numbers, the system won’t meet your needs. Simple inventory reports cannot be easily generated.
Although Shopify allows users to track sales from multiple locations, that’s about it for multi-site functionality. There’s no ability to track inventory at each individual location, and subsequently, there’s no ability to transfer inventory or operate a warehouse.
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Shopify Looks Great, Both Online and in the Store!

We love the simple and clean interface.

Common Hardware Bundle

Shopify’s bundles come with all the basic hardware you need.

  • iPad – Starts at $399
  • Cash Drawer – $129

  • Receipt Printer – $399+

  • iPad Enclosure – $129

  • Credit Card Reader – $99

  • Barcode Scanner – $229+

Our Final Verdict on Shopify

  • You operate an online store generating meaningful sales for your business
  • You utilize several registers or checkout stations
  • You expect online sales to be your primary business, but you also might ring up sales at conventions, outdoor markets, etc.
  • You’re comfortable using third-party apps to boost the functionality of your system
  • You don’t need an overly flexible POS system that can accommodate a range of specific needs

  • You aren’t planning to operate an online store
  • You are a restaurant, cafe, or QSR
  • You need to be able to customize your POS system by using lots of options and flexible features
  • You plan on launching your e-commerce site down the road, but you really aren’t sure if you’ll ever sell anything
  • You use scales in your business like ones commonly found in groceries, markets, delis, and frozen yogurt shops

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