Pawn Shop Systems
A 'system' is typically a computer, a software program and the hardware that it supports (receipt and label printers, cash drawers, barcode/license/fingerprint scanners, signature pads, webcams...
There are no apparent benefits (and could be some drawbacks) to acquiring a computer from a software developer (higher cost, possible lack of support, no local access to hands-on support) so it might be best to acquire computers from sources that are in the business of selling and supporting PCs. Dell is good because they can have a local tech at the store 'next day' to address issues.
Pricing Software Systems
The cost of a pawn POS system ranges from a few hundred dollars to thousands depending upon your choice of software. With at least one exception (Pawnbroker Pawn Shop Software) there are plans in place to assure a steady flow of funds from pawn shops to software vendors, so "Heads up!".
Pawnbroker Pawn Shop Software is a one-time payment for the purchase and lifetime use of the software. While you can't resell it or give it to another, the payment is final, with the exception of a small software maintenance of $150 starting in year two - which can also be converted into a one-time payment.
Rental Software Pricing Scheme
Scheme: A devious plan to create a stream of income from pawn shops for software.
Pay monthly for software? Great idea - for the software vendor. Not so good for pawn-shop owners who just want a software program to run their shops. This wildly unpopular idea of 'renting' software (as a service) is a 'scheme' for generating an endless stream of income from pawn shop to vendor. The hidden cost is future price increases! When payment for the software stops, the software stops.
Vendors who push this racket try to cover it up with ridiculous claims like "Free Support Included!" and "Lowest Startup Cost!".
The 'Support' Pricing Scheme
Another spin on the same goal of creating a flow of funds from shop to vendor is open-ended precharging for support - whether it will ever be needed or not! 'Open ended' because once you're locked into the software, the monthly or annual 'support fee' is sure to increase and there's not predefined limit.
Selling Pawn Software
The vendors with the highest prices refuse to disclose price information on their websites, simply because they know most pawn-shop owners will move on when hit with the sticker shock. They make it necessary to call so their high-pressure salesman might have a shot at convincing shop owners as to why their 'software' is worth the cost. (It's not.)
A software vendor might say that his support payments are 'optional' without mentioning the consequences if support fees are not paid, which are usually the withholding of (essential) software updates and denial of support in all forms. (Every software program must be updated periodically, from Windows on down.)