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Overview

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Square Point of Sale is a POS solution for Android and iOS devices which includes tools for managing payments, digital receipts,...

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PayPal Commerce Platform is a comprehensive solution designed to serve your business needs and your customers, whether you’re...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

Free

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

0.04

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.7

1.8K

5

4

3

2

1

1,346

386

68

13

14

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
98%
would recommend this app

5

4

3

2

1

16,186

4,312

844

147

162

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
97%
would recommend this app

Pros

Square is an awesome piece of software to use. The retail side has great capabilities for sales, inventory, gift cards, rewards, and much much more.
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Brian C.

Square is very simple to learn and use as an end user, and it has gain a lot of popularity recently, customers feel more and more comfortable with this system.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Easy and inexpensive way to take credit card payments for my small business. This provider is awesome, and helps my small business to easily accept cards.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Pros

The Paypal program is very wonderful. The ease in depositing and withdrawing is very distinguished.

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hatem a.

Love the ease of use and the ease of implementation/integration within other websites and platforms to capture payment.

ES

Emily S.

This has been a great overall experience. I love that PayPal now has started accepting Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.

JM

JOHN M.

Cons

If I am to complain about something I would complain about the percentage I am giving back to square but that it the cost of doing business.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

The only thing that has ever been slightly frustrating is the traditional card reader being sensitive when swiping cards. Sometimes I'll have to try 3-4 times to get it to register.
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Allie L.

I dislike that it fails sometimes and it is not accessible at many different vendors and restaurants.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Cons

However, people also get blocked by PayPal without any warning and they can freeze and hold the money from that account that makes annoying things to the user.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Also, I do worry about storing my bank account information for a service like PayPal. They might be insured against fraud, but I still worry sometimes that my account information will be stolen.

JL

Joseph L.

This becomes a problem when you need money quickly. IPN and PayPal API are unstable, often messing up transactions, especially if they involve limited items and need verification as soon as possible.

ES

Eka S.

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  • Last review4 days ago
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  • Last review4 days ago

Key features

  • Total features96
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • AI/Machine Learning
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Anomaly Detection
  • Bar POS
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Billing Portal
  • CRM
  • Cash Management
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Check Fraud Detection
  • Clock In / Out
  • Commission Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Contact Database
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Custom Cake Orders
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer Database
  • Customer History
  • Customer Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Customizable Invoices
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Dashboard
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Management
  • Data Security
  • Data Synchronization
  • Data Visualization
  • Debit/Credit Card Processing
  • Deferred Billing
  • Delivery Management
  • Discount Management
  • Document Storage
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Employee Management
  • Estimating
  • Financial Reporting
  • For B2B
  • For Bakeries
  • For Restaurants
  • For Retail
  • Fraud Detection
  • Gift Card Management
  • In-Person Payments
  • Internal Fraud Monitoring
  • Intrusion Detection System
  • Inventory Control
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice Creation
  • Invoice History
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Labor Cost Calculator
  • Layaway Management
  • Loyalty Program
  • Marketing Reports
  • Marketplace Integration
  • Menu Builder
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Commerce
  • Mobile Payments
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Multi-Period Recurring Billing
  • Multi-Store
  • Multiple Payment Options
  • Offline Access
  • Online Invoicing
  • Online Ordering
  • Online Payments
  • Order Entry
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • Ordering Automation
  • PCI Assessment
  • PCI Compliance
  • Partial Payments
  • Payment Fraud Prevention
  • Payment Options
  • Payment Processing
  • Payment Processing Services Integration
  • Performance Management
  • Point of Sale (POS)
  • Price / Margin Management
  • Pricing Management
  • Product Catalog
  • Promotions Management
  • QR Codes
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Alerts
  • Real-time Updates
  • Receipt Management
  • Recurring Invoicing
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Refund Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Restaurant POS
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Retail POS
  • Returns Management
  • Returns Tracking
  • Risk Analytics
  • Risk Management
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Sales History
  • Sales Reports
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Scheduled / Automated Reports
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Separate Checks
  • Shipping Management
  • Shopping Cart
  • Social Media Integration
  • Split Checks
  • Stock Management
  • Summary Reports
  • Tax Calculation
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Timesheet Management
  • Tips Management
  • Transaction History
  • Transaction Monitoring
  • eCommerce Management
  • Total features83
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • AI/Machine Learning
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Anomaly Detection
  • Bar POS
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Billing Portal
  • CRM
  • Cash Management
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Check Fraud Detection
  • Clock In / Out
  • Commission Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Contact Database
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Custom Cake Orders
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer Database
  • Customer History
  • Customer Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Customizable Invoices
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Dashboard
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Management
  • Data Security
  • Data Synchronization
  • Data Visualization
  • Debit/Credit Card Processing
  • Deferred Billing
  • Delivery Management
  • Discount Management
  • Document Storage
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Employee Management
  • Estimating
  • Financial Reporting
  • For B2B
  • For Bakeries
  • For Restaurants
  • For Retail
  • Fraud Detection
  • Gift Card Management
  • In-Person Payments
  • Internal Fraud Monitoring
  • Intrusion Detection System
  • Inventory Control
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice Creation
  • Invoice History
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Labor Cost Calculator
  • Layaway Management
  • Loyalty Program
  • Marketing Reports
  • Marketplace Integration
  • Menu Builder
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Commerce
  • Mobile Payments
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Multi-Period Recurring Billing
  • Multi-Store
  • Multiple Payment Options
  • Offline Access
  • Online Invoicing
  • Online Ordering
  • Online Payments
  • Order Entry
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • Ordering Automation
  • PCI Assessment
  • PCI Compliance
  • Partial Payments
  • Payment Fraud Prevention
  • Payment Options
  • Payment Processing
  • Payment Processing Services Integration
  • Performance Management
  • Point of Sale (POS)
  • Price / Margin Management
  • Pricing Management
  • Product Catalog
  • Promotions Management
  • QR Codes
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Alerts
  • Real-time Updates
  • Receipt Management
  • Recurring Invoicing
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Refund Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Restaurant POS
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Retail POS
  • Returns Management
  • Returns Tracking
  • Risk Analytics
  • Risk Management
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Sales History
  • Sales Reports
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Scheduled / Automated Reports
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Separate Checks
  • Shipping Management
  • Shopping Cart
  • Social Media Integration
  • Split Checks
  • Stock Management
  • Summary Reports
  • Tax Calculation
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Timesheet Management
  • Tips Management
  • Transaction History
  • Transaction Monitoring
  • eCommerce Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations98
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Authorize.Net
  • Dynamics 365
  • Dynamics 365 Business Central
  • FreshBooks
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • NetSuite
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • SAP Business One
  • Sage Intacct
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations1025
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Authorize.Net
  • Dynamics 365
  • Dynamics 365 Business Central
  • FreshBooks
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • NetSuite
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • SAP Business One
  • Sage Intacct
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Xero
  • Zapier

User reviews that mention these apps

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Square Point of Sale

Integrates well into your website

Reviewed 3 years ago

Good service and better than paypal.

Pros

I use and still use paypal but they have way to many fees. Square doesn't have fees for the service I use outside the transaction charge. It integrates into your website for free! Paypal charges like $30 a month for that service or more.

Cons

I wish there was an option to pay for the service per month rather than a transaction charge. Let me explain...instead of paying 2.75% per transaction there could be an option to pay a monthly charge which would be less in the aggregate.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Square Point of Sale

Easy to use

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

This is a great option if you don’t have a lot of processing volume and if you don’t want to be locked into a contract.

Cons

2.75% is higher than PayPal or other similar processors.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Square Point of Sale logo

Square Point of Sale

Square Payments

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

Easy to use for accepting payments. Plugs in for swiping cards and accepts manual entries.

Cons

Works the same as PayPal reader and app. Nothing new here.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Square Point of Sale logo

Square Point of Sale

Take payments from anyone!

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

Take payments from anyone on your phone! Connects right to your PayPal.

Cons

processing fee for each charge, can take several days to transfer to your bank.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Square Point of Sale logo

Square Point of Sale

Great software

Reviewed 3 years ago

Love it. Will recommend to anyone over PayPal

Pros

Easy to use. Can take anywhere. Makes direct sale so much easier. Most people prefer to Pay with card this makes it possible

Cons

Nothing it’s a great product. Constantly updating to fix any issues

Overall Rating
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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Square Point of Sale

Comparison to Paypal

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

I have both a Square and a Paypal reader. I find myself always reaching for Paypal. Square is great, don't get me wrong, but I am more familiar with Paypal so I go with what I know. Square comes with a cute little reader for point of sale transactions. The app works. I've never experienced a glitch. There are many opportunities for customization of inventory as well.

Cons

I just find that the checkout process is a bit...cumbersome. It's just the layout. It's not awful, but I don't prefer it.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Square Point of Sale

Love Love Square

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall, I prefer square any day over stripe and PayPal payments.

Pros

Love live square. Love that it can be used for both in store and online payments. It sync with my quickbooks which saves me a whole lot of time. It gives detail daily reports which includes best seller of the day, number of sales, number of products sold and what type of product sold, taxes paid, types of payment the customers used, plus it syncs with my online store inventory. Square gives you all the detail info you never realized you need till you need it all in one place. So easy to use and tailored for retailers. Love the Apple Pay feature too.

Cons

My big con with square integration is it doesn’t sync well with bigcommerce. By that I mean, my online sales gets imported as a custom order so there is no itemized list of what the customers bought. Also with bigcommerce, there is no way for me to take Apple Pay or other digital wallet payments. Square does have digital wallet payment options with their square space shopping cart. Fingers crossed they will fix this custom import stuff soon.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Square Point of Sale

Hassle free

Reviewed a year ago

Fair and decent. No complaints and a good alternative to PayPal.

Pros

Fees were low, set up was quick and customer service is fair. Overall a good merchant to use if not wanting to go through all the paperwork with regular merchants.

Cons

Price of the unit is a bit high but still fair. Security is a bit strict but I suppose that is good for protecting the community.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Square Point of Sale

Square is good but you PAY for it

Reviewed 3 years ago

offsite and no internet except cell phones this is a CLEAR winner.

Pros

super easy to use for my clients. If they cant afford a super POS this is what they use. Can use offsite with a cell phone and boom. Take credit cards. I mean. Jetsons it is. I love

Cons

very expensive fees associate with it. Its part of paypal I think so its very big brother...

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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