IZettle is the UK’s top card reader point of sale (POS) firm with webshop templates as an add-on; Shopify is the top ecommerce platform using POS features and card reader since add-ons. Which is the best POS-ecommerce mix for a small company?
Let us compare the differences.
IZettle does not have contractual obligations, while Shopify asserts all”plans are month to month if you don’t register for an annual or biennial plan“.
Charges: one easy subscription vs. tiered subscription
Cost-wise, iZettle is a lot more simple than Shopify. If you are just using it to get point-of-sale, you simply pay #59 (on offer for #19) for the iZettle Reader upfront, then a fixed-percentage card fee. The POS features are free — just download the iZettle Proceed app and use it with no fees.
Subscribing to iZettle E-commerce costs #29 + VAT per month. The card transaction rate is a fixed 2.5%, but you also receive a special rate of 2% per PayPal transaction approved. You do not pay anything else in addition to the subscription price. This gives you complete access to ecommerce hosting and features. For those who haven’t got an internet domain yet, you need to cover this too, just like with any other site platform.
Shopify is more complex. They have three core programs: Basic Shopify for $29 per month, Shopify for $79 per month and Advanced Shopify for $299 per month. Prices are listed in US dollars because that is what Shopfy charges in, and they may all exclude VAT. The more expensive the plan, the less you pay in card charges. When using a card machine from an outside supplier, you pay an extra card fee to compensate for not utilizing Shopify’s payment system.
Shopify’s transaction fees are lower than iZettle’s fixed percent. The pricier Shopify plans may be well worth the additional subscription cost if the reduced prices, online and in-store features are worth it altogether. However, multi-store companies could qualify for lower card charges with iZettle also, as they offer fee reductions for those making over #10k per month. This may ultimately bring the card fee down on par with Shopify’s.
IZettle Guru — the business’s hospitality-focused EPOS software — includes a lower transaction fee of 1.25percent per card payment. This is the fee amount higher-volume companies can aim for, possibly lower than this if your company is quite high-volume. This subscription costs #39 + VAT per month, features of which are unique to the hospitality and food industry.
Payouts to your bank account happen automatically, taking 3 working days with Shopify Payments and just 1-2 working days with iZettle.
Shopify’s Harness, Chip & Swipe Reader is a compact, black terminal using a PIN pad. It’s an older Miura model also employed by PayPal Here, Worldpay and Barclaycard Anywhere and from iZettle many years ago. It accepts contactless, chip and swipe and PIN payments, and after paying for it upfront, it is yours to keep. It works together with the Shopify POS app on any compatible telephone or tablet computer with WiFi or 3G.
With Shopify, you may use other card machines rather than their own, but an extra card charge is added to all those payments.
The iZettle Reader 2 is a well-designed card reader that works everywhere with 3G or WiFi along with the iZettle app. Additionally it is paid for upfront and by default includes one year’s guarantee.
IZettle Reader can be linked with receipt printers, cash drawer and barcode scanner, whether you are paying or not. The Go app has an inbuilt barcode-scanning function, which means you might not even have to buy one of those individually.
You must update to the Shopify (regular) program costing $79 per month to have the ability to connect with a cash drawer, receipt printers, label printer and barcode scanner.
Shopify takes a subscription for any POS features, and the cheaper the program, the less you can do in the till point. That having been said, the Fundamental Shopify plan actually has a couple of neat extras that iZettle does not, and vice versa with iZettle.
Let us look at what is included in the Basic Shopify program, priced similarly to iZettle E-commerce.
Shopify Basic includes multiple-location management for up to four places and two admin accounts. IZettle only allows one admin and goods can’t be organised into places. On the mid-level Shopify program, you can run up to five places, and on Advancedup to eight.
Both may keep customer profiles, analyse products and sales, create product libraries with many details and monitor inventory. You’ve got unlimited staff PINs (for effortless switching between users in the app), analytics and discounts with iZettle, an just two on Fundamental Shopify. On the pricier Shopify program, you receive unlimited staff PINs, accessibility to gift cards, store credit options, enroll shifts and”professional reports” which are a step up from the fundamental reports. Advanced Shopify provides you custom reports.
IZettle relies on their particular attributes, i.e. it can’t be linked with other EPOS systems. Just note you need to pay individually for any system used along with Shopify, costs of which can rack up.
For more advanced accounting and reporting features, both may integrate with Xero and QuickBooks.
Ecommerce functions equally well, but Shopify broader
Without doubt, Shopify has more webshop alternatives, but iZettle’s own E-commerce platform is worthy of praise too. They synchronise with the POS product library, and you may pick the products synced between the physical and online shop.
IZettle E-commerce is a really user-friendly site builder with added features like payment links, blog pages and transport administration. Right from the beginning, you’re guided in following steps so that finally, you can make an online store from scratch or integrate the e-shop with an existing web site.
IZettle works with other site builders such as Wix, WordPress or Squarespace, so you are never restricted to use it to get 100 percent of your site. Hosting is included — all you need is a domain name (e.g. www.name.com), which you may also be guided to buy if you do not have one already.
Shopify provides similar features to iZettle, but with more features, themes and integration choices. It’s user-friendly so those without web design skills can begin from the ground up to create an internet store. Irrespective of which Shopify program you select, you should find the exact same number of features, so online-first companies may get the fundamental Shopify package enough.
Both companies provide customer support, but groups and accessibility differ.
With Shopify, you’ve got Canada-based 24/7 customer service by email, live chat and telephone. They have comprehensive online sections with content and tutorials about using the service, ecommerce, marketing and conducting an internet and face-to-face enterprise. To be honest, however, this is free content which iZettle users can benefit from, so not a reason to select Shopify.
IZettle is more restricted with the online help sections which only refer to using the features, services and answering any questions users might have. They also have email and telephone support, but this is restricted to working hours (9am-5pm) on weekdays. Their support team is based in the united kingdom and understands the British market quite well.
The choice between iZettle and Shopify is possibly simple if you take a look at what you get for the price from the POS and online departments.
IZettle is primarily utilized for multi-national businesses, using a neat E-commerce platform to cater for those entering online sales for the first time. With Shopify, it is the other way round: the ambitious choice of ecommerce features and breadth of integrations to suit almost any type and size of company makes this the ideal solution for online sales, but the POS features are limited to the less expensive plans.
- POS features free, only costs with ecommerce
- Straightforward pricing
- Quicker payouts to bank account
- More accepted cards
- Ecommerce less complex as Shopify’s
- Some attribute constraints
- No multiple place management
- Advanced ecommerce features on all programs
- 24/7 customer service
- Multiple-location management
- Can use other payment providers
- Advanced POS features expensive
- Card charges higher on cheaper plans
- Can’t integrate with hardware on Fundamental plan
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