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store / restaurant owners: worth buying . a second hand POS machine?

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  • Jan 18th, 2019 12:58 pm
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store / restaurant owners: worth buying . a second hand POS machine?

theres a store closing downtown and they were selling EVERYTHING.

they had a POS cash register thing and obivously im noob with this stuff.

is it worth buying second hand or is it more thne meets the eye ?

they were asking 300 bucks. machine is roughly 2-3 years old from toshiba.
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UrbanPoet wrote:
Jan 12th, 2019 11:24 pm
For what purpose? Resale or use @ your own business?
one of the family members has an old cash register and thought maybe buying the second hand pos machine might be an option.
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POS machines can vary wildly in price. The $300 asking price could either be 80% off or more expensive than brand new.
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joeyjoejoe wrote:
Jan 13th, 2019 12:48 pm
POS machines can vary wildly in price. The $300 asking price could either be 80% off or more expensive than brand new.
can they be easily configured to whatever u want on it or does it require . professional to do the programming?
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joeyjoejoe wrote:
Jan 13th, 2019 12:48 pm
POS machines can vary wildly in price. The $300 asking price could either be 80% off or more expensive than brand new.
its used. made by toshiba. owner said originaly 1400
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thatsnazzyiphoneguy wrote:
Jan 13th, 2019 1:00 pm
can they be easily configured to whatever u want on it or does it require . professional to do the programming?
That really depends on the POS.

Some are locked down tighter than fort knox.
Others you can freely edit anything.

Manufacturer (or distributor) might not be willing to help you without an expensive contract too.

Even if it is freely editable, make sure you can get passwords for it unless you want to spend a ridiculous amount of time hacking the password.

Which reminds me... I have a scale to hack.
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death_hawk wrote:
Jan 14th, 2019 3:25 pm
That really depends on the POS.

Some are locked down tighter than fort knox.
Others you can freely edit anything.

Manufacturer (or distributor) might not be willing to help you without an expensive contract too.

Even if it is freely editable, make sure you can get passwords for it unless you want to spend a ridiculous amount of time hacking the password.

Which reminds me... I have a scale to hack.
cant cook the book if the POS isnt hackable. :P

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