Friday, December 10, 2021

The most simple basic cash register available


The SAM4s ER-180u is a simple entry level cash register

If you are looking for a simple low cost cash register you will want to take a look at this one. The model ER-180u is about as basic as they come. This register is designed for when you need something small, lightweight and simple. It has 16 buttons/categories, multiple tax rates, multiple payment types and a receipt printer. So it has all the basic most people need in a simple register.

What makes this cash register an entry level model and lower cost than others?

Like we mentioned above this is an entry level model. What features is it missing that make it lower cost than traditional models? You should probably know the following before you buy. For some these are reasons to upgrade to a bigger model and for others it does not matter. 

  • Does not have a cash drawer key. For most not a big deal and most people never use the lock in the first place.
  • Has a four bill four coin cash drawer. For some this is a show stopper, so please think hard about this. This is one reason the register is smaller of course.
  • The Cash Drawer insert or Till is not removable. This is not an issue normally for people looking for a simple register.
  • The register does not have a physical key which is pretty standard on bigger models. this one uses a button to toggle between the different modes. Not a big deal at all really but some users have had trouble adjusting because they are use to grabbing a key and truning to Register or Z as an example. With this model you press a "Mode Button" to toggle between Register, X, Z, program etc. 
  • This model has a receipt printer only, no journal printer. Please keep in mind you do not need a journal to get your reports.
If you have looked over the list above and this register is still suitable for you than you can find on our website here SAM4s ER-180U is a simple entry level cash register or call us at 800-863-2274 

SAM4s Registers and POS interface with the BERG Liquor Control System


Yes, most SAM4s Cash Registers do Interface with the Berg

We have been helping people interface these two devices for many years. They go together very well just like peanut butter and jelly! If you are having a problem with a high pour cost it might be time for you to investigate a Berg Liquor control system. Our company does not sell Berg but we have many mutual customers. We have noticed that customers that use BERG seem to stay with them so there must be something to it.

Using a BERG combined with a SAM4s Cash Register gives you security

The way these two devices work together is pretty simple. When you pour a liquor with BERG it instantly sends a signal to the SAM4s register or POS system. That signal is simply the PLU number of that liquor in the register system. So, as soon as the bar tender pours that liquor it rings up that item in the register. If a liquor is poured than it is registered as a sale. That is very secure and ensures you are paid for what was poured. I'm certainly not an expert on all the functions of this liquor control system and all the ins and outs of it, however I know it works very well and is fast. 

What SAM4s models work with the Berg Liquor Control Systems? I thought you would never ask!

I think you will be amazed at how many SAM4s models interface to the liquor control system. Those models include:

  • SPS-320
  • SPS-340
  • SPS-345
  • SAP-630F
  • SAP-6600
  • ER-915
  • ER-920
  • ER-940
  • ER-945
If you need help deciding which model will work best in your business please feel free to call us at 800-863-2274 and ask for sales. You can of course find our more on our website Which SAM4s Cash Register Works with the BERG

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

SAM4s makes a great replacement for NCC Reflections POS System

Are you tired of NCC Reflections? Replace it with SAM4s!

At one point we used to sell NCC Reflections, and to be fair it was an OK system. Then SAM4s released the SAM4pos system and we started selling it. After installing just a few SAM4pos systems we had to ask ourselves why are we still selling this old legacy NCC Reflections? Didn't take us long to drop NCC and move on with the future of POS which is not a legacy windows based POS system. We have gone on to replace many Reflections since then starting three years ago. If you are struggling getting support for your legacy Point of Sale System don't wait any longer, give us a call and lets install a system built to last for a long time at an affordable price. 

SAM4pos now interfaces to Scan Data, Credit Card, and The Berg Liquor Dispensing System

Just a month ago we replaced another NCC where the client could not get it to work with the Berg Liquor Control system.  We were able to replace the system very quickly and the only Reflection they deal with now is in the rear few mirror. SAM4pos was designed for the mom and pop retail or restaurant business. We know you want a system you can own, instead of paying for forever, a system that you can use any credit card provider you want or none at all. Not many systems on the market today can say that any longer, but we can. The SAM4pos system was made to resemble the good old days when you would walk down to the corner store and buy a candy bar and soda and say hello to the store owner that knows your entire family. We are not some faceless corporation where you become just a number. Most cases here you work with the same support person for years.

If you're ready to move to a POS system that is affordable, scalable and is future proof call us

You can reach us at 800-863-2274 or of course on the web at and we can help you select the right hardware for your business.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

The Verifone P400 Pin Pad works with most SAM4s registers and POS systems, but.....


Are you looking for a Next Gen Pin Pad for your SAM4s?

If you are then look no further that right here. The Verifone P400 is a PCI PTS 5.x approved pin pad that will future proof your business for a while. We began deploying this pin pad several months ago and we really like it so far. It is more affordable than the Ingenico models that came out last year and that is with a color touch screen. This is a great value pin pad with all the modern features of course like NFC, EMV etc etc.

There is a catch though, it is not compatible with the legacy Datacap devices, only the new devices.

While this is only a concern if you already use a Datacap Tran Server, Twin Tran or IP Tran LT and need a new pin pad. If that is the case you will want to look at the Ingenico Lane 3000 or 5000. However, if this is for a new deployment, no problem. You will pair the P400 with Datacap's new NETePay Hosted PDC that we have been deploying with SAM4s registers now for a couple months now (Starting in 2021). 

If you have questions you can contact us at 800-863-2274 regarding compatibility with SAM4s and processors.

Monday, November 1, 2021

New Shipment of SAM4s cash registers coming In


The SAM4s ER-180U back in stock

While we did not get all the SAM4s registers back in stock we do have a shipment of the popular ER-180 registers that have been back ordered for quite awhile. If you bought on recently and had the order cancelled please reach back out to us because we have 50+ of them coming in the next week or so. Maybe at long last the backlog at the ports are about to break free. You can order here

The Powerful and Popular SAP-6600II is also coming back in stock. 

This is great news that a container of SAP-6600II terminals from SAM4s finally worked its way through the ports and is being distributed. We had been waiting on this model for some time and now we can fill the orders. Hopefully this is just the tip of the iceberg and the inventory will start moving like the good old days! If you need a SAP-6600II let us know at 800-863-2274 or order online at

Monday, October 18, 2021

Are you looking for an upgrade path for the SAM4s SPS-2000 system?


The SAP-6600II is the upgrade path for the SPS-2000 system

The SAP-6600II with SAM4pos is the SPS-2000 replacement System

Probably like many others you have been searching for a great replacement for the SPS-2000 POS system you have probably been using for many years.  I don't blame you at all for looking for a replacement in the same family of products because you probably have been using your system for a long time. It is very common for us to hear from a end-user that has been using the SPS-2000 for 10, or 15 years and its still going. Well if that is your situation too first let me say congratulations, you have gotten a hell of an ROI of your original investment and second I would wonder why you would be looking at anything other than another SAM4s product.

Take a good look at the SAP-6600II and you will find it is the logical replacement for your current POS system. 

There are so many reasons to replace your old system with this new one I thought I would list some of them right here so you can see how similar to the SPS-2000 it is but with some great improvements.

  1. This is a self contained system, no cloud required.
  2. You can purchase this system outright instead of a monthly rental like so many systems on the market today.
  3. You can use any credit card merchant services you would like or none at all. 
  4. This system work in retail or restaurants just like the old one.
  5. Many optional interfaces and add-ons like bar code scanning, kitchen printer, kitchen video, credit card interface, gift card interface, scale, bar code printer and others.
Now lets look at some of the improvements from the SPS-2000 you will find in the SAP-6600II system that you wish you always had, well now you can!
  1. Emailed end of day reports
  2. Reprint Z reports from any days you would like
  3. Mobile reporting app for your phone
  4. 100K UPC capacity
  5.  Interface a bar code printer directly
  6. Searchable PLU's/UPC's that can also be copied and pasted into new items. 
  7. Remote Support
  8. More rear display choices
  9. and many more.

You should reach out and talk to us about upgrading your system

I know this article may sound to good to be true, I can assure you it is not. We have been upgrading people from the older system to this newer one now for about four years with great success. Find out for yourself. Call us at 800-863-2274 or contact us via email here to schedule a free no obligation online or onsite demonstration and you will see we have taken a really good product that lasted for years and turned it into an even better system that should also have a very long life. Check it out online here

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Exporting your database from the SAM4s SPS-520R Register to another system

Export your UPC Database from the SPS-520 Register

We can assist you in an UPC Export from a SAM4s Register

As the popular legacy model SAM4s SPS-520R becomes older we are receiving more and more request from current users to retrieve their UPC Database. This makes a lot of sense of course because you could have many years of UPC items in your register that took hours to create. However, before you just run out and try to create this file there are some things you need to know. We speak to end-users weekly about this very subject so below please find a FAQ about this topic.

  1. First, the good news. Yes you can have a CSV file of your UPC database created from this register.
  2. The bad news is, NO the register can not produce a usable Database on its own, it is not that simple.
  3. Yes even though the register has a USB port and you can back the data up to a flash drive, that is a proprietary database and on it's own won't work. 
  4. Software is required to produce the UPC file you are looking for. The chances of you owning that software is very slim. No the software is not free and it's unlikely you will want to buy it just for this purpose. 
  5. Yes, we provide this service and here is how we do it. You make a back up of the register on a Flash Drive, you email us that file, we take that file and upload into the software, we produce the CVS file, we email you the CSV file. No it is not free unless you are buying a new system from us. If you are moving to a system that has nothing to do with this we charge five hours of labor to complete this.
  6. Keep in mind, we will be exporting what the register contains. That data may or may not match the fields you wish to import in. That has zero to do with our exporting of the data.
  7. Keep in mind the SPS-500 series does not store leading Zeros in a UPC number, you must deal with that in your new system and people do it all the time.

We can import your UPC Database from the SPS-520 into another SAM4s for Free

If you are upgrading to one of the new SAM4s products like the SAP-630R then we will import your data for no charge. Please read that again, no we don't just do this for free, you are required to buy a new system from us if you want to have this done for no cost.  Also if you are calling us to arrange this to use the data in another system, no problem but when you contact us please just tell us what you are doing so we can cut to the chase. We have no problem performing the work for you for a fee. Please don't call and act like a customer just trying to get a file of your prices etc. We know every time what you are asking for and we will both save time if you are just honest. It happens every week and waste our time and yours. 

If you are looking to have this service done for you or perhaps you want to upgrade the system through us than please contact us at 800-863-2274 or at 


Friday, October 8, 2021

Another Pin Pad for SAM4s Cash Registers


The Ingenico Lane 5000 works with SAM4s

We have not only tested the Ingenico Lane 5000 pin pad we have now deployed many of them with several models of SAM4s. Just like the other pin pads we have tested with the SAM4s cash registers and POS it requires a Datacap, which we have discussed before. Most recently our favorite way to deploy Datacap with SAM4s cash registers is the NetEpay Hosted PDC, its more affordable, less hardware, and fewer points of failure. However you can use the Tran Server and IPTran if you would rather. 

What do our customers like about the Lane 5000 w/ SAM4s

before beginning to deploy the Lane 5000 we had already installed a large amount of Lane 3000 pin pads, which were still light years ahead of the old VX-805 everyone installed. However, there was one thing some of our clients didn't like about the Lane 3000. The complaint is that customers using the Lane 3000 think it is touch screen and keep pressing the display where the choice is displayed instead of the button below the display. Now I would like to mention the vast majority of our end-users love the Lane 3000 we only heard these complaints from a handful of customers, however I agree with the critique. I have to admit because the Lane 3000 has a nice bright color display it does appear that you are supposed to touch the screen. Okay, so what is different about the Lane 5000 you might be asking. Well it is simple, the Lane 5000 does feature a touch screen. So, with the Lane 5000 when you get a prompt on the large color screen you do touch the button on the display. Also the Lane 5000 does feature the NFC area on top of the pin pad making it more obvious to your clients. there is an important aspect of the Lane 5000 you should know.  This pin pad is a signature capture pin pad that includes a stylus that is tethered to the device. When using with a SAM4s remove the pen/stylus  because it does not work with SAM4s. Just remove it and head off any confusion. 

Bottom Line Thoughts about the Lane 5000 and SAM4s registers

We like this pin pad and will be deploying many more of them. I do recommend deploying on a stand (like in the image). While it will work on the countertop I don't feel it was really designed that way. The stands are normally available in the $60 range If you are looking for a Pin Pad for your SAM4s give us a call at 800-863-2274 or on the web at

Monday, October 4, 2021

Should you interface your cash register to a DVR with a text inserter? Yes, you probably should.


Text Inserter Features of the SAM4s SAP-630R

A text inserter can really complete the overall effectiveness or a good POS system. If you are not familiar with Text Insertion make sure and watch the video. In a nutshell this feature overlays the items sold by the cashier in live time on your DVR including the price. This feature also will display the cost, the payment and everything about the transaction. What you should know is that almost every SAM4s register model features Text Insertion as a standard feature including the SAP-630R. Using this feature has far more to do with your security system than the register. 

Stop Cashiers from Stealing with Text Insertion

Utilizing this feature can greatly reduce some of the methods cashiers use to steal from the store. We probably can't count the amount of money store owners have lost just to cashiers ringing up a different UPC for their friends rather than what they are taking. So know when you see a case of beer or a carton of cigarettes' going across the counter you can see what is actually being rang up. It is very easy for a cashier to scan a different code like a candy bar as an example. This feature can also help you figure out why cashiers are performing no sales on the register. Are they really making change or are they opening the drawer to take money? How do you do that you are asking? Well because a good security system should also let you search for particular text. Say for example you want to see the video of every "No Sale" a cashier has done. You simply search for No Sale and your DVR should queue up every no-sale so you can review what the cashiers are really doing.   Give us a call at 800-863-2274 or find us for more information. 

Friday, October 1, 2021

The SAM4s SAP-630R was designed for retail stores like C-Stores, Liquor, Smoke and more

 The Features of the SAM4s SAP-630 For Retail

If you are wondering if SAM4s is keeping up with the competition please watch the video above. not only are they keeping pace they are setting the bar. While the rest of the POS world is trying to corral customers into long term contacts and credit card processing accounts SAM4s is not! This is one of the only systems on the market today they you can still just purchase and own outright. Want to use your own credit card provider or perhaps no credit interface at all, no problem!  

Your Data is stored Local not in the cloud, you own your own Data

Yes, you heard that correctly, if you don't want your data in the cloud using this system it wont be. Did you know other POS systems often you don't own your data and those companies use it in all types of ways to benefit themselves, not you? This system the data is yours, it is stored right there in your store and if you don't want to connect this system to the internet than don't.

See if this POS system is for you, if you think it is call us

Watch the video and see what you think. I think you will realize this system was designed from the ground up for mom and pop retail stores that need something between a simple cash register and a high tech POS system. Call us at 800-863-2274 or online at

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

How to add a new employee in the SAP-6600, SAP-530, and SAP-630


Guide to adding a new employee/cashier in SAM4pos

In this video we show you how to add a new employee and/or cashier into your point of sale system. When you add an employee you have the option of setting an authority level, which cash drawer they should use and a few other options. If you are using the system for time and attendance and the employee is not a cashier you would still set that person up in this fashion just don't assign a cash drawer. 

If you have questions or need support just call us at 800-863-2274. We also have many other videos on this system posted on our Cash Register Guys YouTube channel here or visit our site SAM4s SAM4pos System here. 

Friday, September 24, 2021

Scan Data for the SAM4pos System


Scan Data is now available for the SAP-530R, SAP-630R, and the SAP-6600

Now you can use your SAM4s system to tap into the Scan data program. In the past only the larger chains were able to leverage this profitable system, now everyone can. BandyWorks has developed an interface for the SAM4pos products to be able to offer the reimbursed Multi-Pack discounts, Loyalty Discounts and the Scan Data rebates. 

Use Scan Data to Drive Higher Sales and Repeat Customers

When your store is empowered by Scan Data your customers will be coming back to take advantage of the multi pack discounts, which will increase your in store sales. We make it easy to interface your SAM4s cash register or POS system to Scan Data. Give us a call at 800-863-2274 for more information or visit our site at Scan Data for SAM4s

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

How to add an item to a screen in SAM4pos

See how easy it is to add an item to a screen in  the SAM4pos system 

One of the most common question we get from a SAM4pos client is how do we add an item to one of our POS windows. Well with this video we take all the mystery out of that task. As you can see from the video it is a simple procedure. One of the things many of our client enjoy about the SAM4pos is they can maintain it themselves. There are many other things to like of course but that is always high on the list. 

You should remember that before you attempt to place an item on a screen that the item already exist. If not make sure you add it first before following the instructions in our video. 

Buy from the experts and you will always have support

We hear from SAM4s users every week that are looking for help because they bought from someone that has no idea what they are doing. Sadly there are some companies selling SAM4s products that should not be. Not to worry we will help you of course for a fee. But skip the pain and just buy from the SAM4s experts in the first place. 

Monday, September 13, 2021

Quick Overview of how to move around in SAM4pos


Overview of SAM4pos on the SAP-6600 and SAP-630

In this video we show you how to navigate the different menus and what they each do. This will be the same for the following models SAP-530R, SAP-530F, SAP-630R, SAP-630F, SAP-6600, and SAP-6600II. 

The SAM4s POS system is designed for both retail and restaurant applications. 

This video is helpful regardless of whether you are using the SAM4s software in a retail or restaurant environment. The system is very comfortable in either environment but you would set the system up appropriately  depending on the business you are setting it up for. 

If you are looking to implement a SAM4pos system or need help contact us

Our company National Business systems AKA "The Cash Register Guys" are the experts of the SAM4pos system. We sell, and support this system all over North America. We can also help you if you bought from a company that does not know what they are doing. Call us at 800-863-2274 or on the web at

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Should you Surcharge your customers when they use a charge card?


To Surcharge or not to Surcharge, that is the question!

We have encountered quite a few customers recently that want to start a surcharge program for the credit card sales. What happens is a merchant services salesperson will come in or call you business and offer you a free credit card program. If you just sign up with them you can accept cards for free. Well the truth is a little different from that. These programs charge your customers instead of you. Not only that, but they are charging your customers far more than then they would ever charge you. As an example maybe you have a competitive deal for your merchant services and let's say you are being charged interchange plus 10 basis points. That is a good deal, so when they offer the free program they charge your customers 300 or 400 basis points which of course is 3% to 4% on top of what you are collecting. The problem with this is the merchant services sales person would never get away with charging you that, but when you sign up for a program like that you are letting them gouge your customers. Why is the merchant services sales person doing that? Because they make enormous commissions on a program like that. Probably ten times more than they would make giving you a fair deal.

Is there blowback from operating a Surcharge Program?

There are other pitfalls to these programs as well. As an example, take me. I will not go to a store that charges a surcharge. I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels that way. Who know, maybe it will becaome the new normal and I will be forced to but not today! 


Thursday, July 1, 2021

Are your Cashiers Stealing from you?

 Are your Cashiers Stealing From You? Probably!

Did you know the cash register was invented by a bar owner that knew bartenders were stealing from him? You know what, NOTHING has changed! We have been in business since 1972 and have helped countless business owners confirm or catch a thief. Is is a real shame that modern computer POS system have lost or never had basic security features found in a simple cash register. Watch the video to get an intro to how a cash register Z report works. 

Cash Registers Can Help Protect your investment in your business

The Cash Register is simply a tool. And we all know you have to know how to use a tool to get the most out of it. It is also important to make sure you have the right tool for the job. Part of the cash registers job is to provide reports and security. Take a few minutes to find out how to use the features of your register correctly. 

Let Me Bottom Line this for you.

I know cash register security is boring. I know what you are saying! Let me just tell you at our little cash register business we have helped confirm several 100K inside theft cases. Yes you read that correctly, people stealing over 100K from their boss and had the boss simply looked at the register reports they would have stopped that loss at the first couple hundred dollars! If you would like to hire us to consult you on register reports or setup and deployment we are available. Call us at 800-863-2274 or as always find us on the internet at The Best Source for Cash Registers!  

Friday, March 5, 2021

How does EBT work on the SAM4s SAP-630R System


One of the great things about the SAM4s SAP-630R cash register POS system is it has many features that more expensive systems don't. In this example it is EBT/Food Stamp sorting. The SAM4s system makes accepting and sorting EBT simple for your cashiers and your customers. Unlike other systems that force users to ring in EBT transactions separately from non EBT transactions the SAM4s lets you register it all in one sale. After you have entered the sale you simply press EBT subtotal on the keyboard or screen and the system instantly tells you how much can be paid in EBT and reverses the tax on any EBT items. You then tender the EBT amount. The system then displays the balance due which could be paid in any other payment form you accept.

This is the way a system is supposed to work. If your POS system does not do this than switch it out for a SAM4s SAP-630R from us. Give us a call at 800-863-2274 to discuss what else this register can do for you.