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ShopKeep vs. Clover
The best choice depends on your budget and store type.
ShopKeep is best suited to smaller retail and service businesses, while users can tweak Clover’s software for a wide range of industries. But the best choice for your business comes down to whether you want to use a third-party processor.
How do ShopKeep and Clover compare?
Which should I choose?
Choose ShopKeep if you run a small- to medium-sized business and need a point-of-sale (POS) system for a niche retail or service business like a convenience store, pet store or bakery.
Choose Clover if you run a medium to large storefront or restaurant and don’t mind using First Data as your payment processor.
ShopKeep specializes in POS solutions for small- to medium-sized brick-and-mortar businesses.
Its software features span niches including retail, restaurant and quick-service businesses. It also offers payment processing with each new merchant account.
Clover is a merchant services provider best known for its sleek proprietary POS terminals. It specializes in software you can customize, and its signature hardware.
You can purchase hardware directly through Clover if you want to sign up for Clover Payments, its bundled payment processing service. But you can also purchase Clover hardware from a number of other providers, including ShopKeep, if you prefer to use a different payment processor.
Price starts at
Around $69/month + processing fees — but ShopKeep doesn't disclose what it charges for processing
2.7% + 10¢ for in-person payment processing
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Based on 713 reviews
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Reputation and customer reviews
Both ShopKeep and Clover offer payment processing, 24-hour tech support and ways to tailor your POS software. Clover’s rates are transparent and it has lower software fees, but if you purchase through Clover’s site, you’ll be locked into a First Data merchant account. You’ll pay more to access ShopKeep’s software, but you’re free to use a third-party processor and you won’t need to sign a contract.
Not sure about either of these providers? Review your merchant services options with other providers to find a solution that best fits your business.
Frequently asked questions
What type of device do I need to run ShopKeep’s software?
Businesses can run ShopKeep on an iPad (6th generation), iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4 (running iOS 10 and above) and tablets running Android v5.0 Lollipop and above.
Is ShopKeep available outside the US?
ShopKeep is only available to merchants located in the US and Canada.
Is Clover available outside the US?
Clover is available in the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, Austria, Ireland, the Netherlands and Argentina.
Can I lease Clover’s hardware?
No, but you can pay for its hardware over time by selecting an interest-free payment installment plan.
Does ShopKeep offer Clover hardware?
Yes, you can purchase the Clover Flex, Go and Station through ShopKeep’s website.
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