How Big Box POS Companies Are Robbing You Blind

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How Big Box POS Companies Are Robbing You Blind


As a restaurant owner, choosing a POS is one of the most important business decisions you can make. From handling in-store purchases, to making deliveries a breeze, to helping you monitor your sales and inventory, you rely on your POS for almost every aspect of your business.

You’re probably familiar with a few big names in the POS world, but what you might not be familiar with is the fact that they’re charging you too much—and being sneaky about it.

Low Upfront Costs Aren’t What You Think

Big box POS companies like Toast might look like affordable options because they offer low start-up fees. However, they aren’t doing this to save you money. There’s a reason they can afford to offer their systems with such low upfront costs:

Credit card fees.

Many large POS companies don’t allow you to choose your own credit card processor, meaning you’re stuck using theirs—which comes with a hefty price tag.

Your initial payment might make using a big company seem like a bargain, but you won’t feel that way when you have to keep giving a higher portion of your sales back to them as long as you own your restaurant.

Adora is Different

Adora gives you the freedom to choose your own credit card processor, meaning you have options that are considerably more affordable than the white labeled credit card processors big POS companies force you to use.

We charge more upfront, but we don’t continue taking a higher cut of your sales forever. We’re an investment that saves you money over time, and the better your business does, the more money you save.

Let’s Crunch Some Numbers

As a savvy business owner, we know you need to see some numbers. Let’s take a look at how Adora can save you money in the long run. Below we’ll compare the differences in credit card fees between a big box POS and a lower cost credit card processing system (remember: Adora allows you to choose your own credit card processor!).

For this example, let’s look at deliveries. Imagine your restaurant does 796 deliveries (paid by card) in a month, totaling $31,832 in sales. A big box POS like Toast charges around .15 cents per credit card swipe, and around 3.5% of total sales. This means you’d pay $1,233 in fees on delivery orders alone.

Independent credit card processing systems like Heartland only charge .04 cents per credit card swipe, and a fee of just 2.5% of total sales, meaning you’d pay $827 in fees (depending on sales volume and demographic).

That’s a savings of $396 in a single month, just on delivery items. If you scale that savings to cover a full year of sales and to include take-out and in-store purchases, you’ll start to understand how big box POS systems really are robbing you blind!

Honesty. Transparency. Savings.

At Adora, we’re on your side. We believe in being upfront and honest about the cost of using our system, so you can believe us when we say Adora saves you money in the long run. We charge an upfront fee that’s higher than some big box POS systems, but we don’t collect outrageous credit card fees down the line.

As a business, your ultimate goal is to make money. It’s our job to help you reach your goal, but it’s not our job to collect a fee every time you make a sale. Instead, we’re here to cheer you on! Learn more about how Adora prices fairly by visiting the Adora Pricing Page.

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