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ShopKeep vs. Square
This review contains information about a discontinued product.
How do ShopKeep and Square compare?
ShopKeep has been acquired by Lightspeed, a cloud-based omnichannel commerce platform. While existing merchants are able keep their ShopKeep accounts, new merchants will need to sign up for Lightspeed directly.
This article is out of date and no longer being updated. If you’re interested in learning more about Lightspeed, read our full review.
Which should I choose?
Choose ShopKeep if you want a point-of-sale (POS) system for a niche retail or service business like a gift shop, pet store, bakery, food truck or clothing boutique.
Choose Square if you want to build an online store and don’t mind using Square as your processor.
ShopKeep offers payment processing and POS solutions designed for small- to medium-sized businesses.
Merchants pay a monthly fee to access its software, and POS hardware is bundled for retail, restaurant and quick-service businesses.
Square offers payment processing, POS software and proprietary hardware with its signature white card reader.
Its free online store is best suited to merchants who don’t have a website and lack the tech support to craft an online storefront from scratch.
Price starts at
Around $69/month + processing fees — but ShopKeep doesn't disclose what it charges for processing
2.6% + 10¢ for payment processing, POS software included
Typically take 3-5 business days to process but can take up to 7 days for accounts less than 90 days old
BBB letter rating
Based on 713 reviews
Based on 1,523 reviews
Reputation and customer reviews
High-risk merchants accepted?
Both ShopKeep and Square offer a solid lineup of services, including payment processing, POS solutions and hardware packages. Before you decide, compare merchant services from other providers for the service that best meets the needs of your business.
Frequently asked questions
Who hosts Square’s websites?
Square’s websites are hosted by Weebly.
How long does it take to build a Square e-commerce website?
Square suggests most merchants can build a website using its software in one week.
Do I need an iPad to run ShopKeep’s software?
ShopKeep can be run on an iPad (6th generation), iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4 (running iOS 10 and above) and tablets running Android v5.0 Lollipop and above.
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