Death of a cash register

POS system provider and Add-on Partner Vend recently created a video capturing how many business owners feel about clunky old cash registers.

Be warned: there’s some harsh language and pretty gratuitous violence against the poor piece of machinery!

Check out how Vend connects with Xero and works as part of a retail dream team.


Clint Davis
December 12, 2011 at 1:04 am

Wow, this video is great.

Good to see the low cost, non computer generated video makes such a good impression and communicates their message.

good work to Vend for making this video.

Nick Houldsworth
December 12, 2011 at 9:26 am

“I don’t know, I’m not a math-magician.”

Cheers team Xero :)

December 12, 2011 at 11:05 am

ha ha, love this! Will show this to my clients.

By the way, did any one in Australia has that Square? ? looks good for some of my clients…


Ronan Quirke
December 12, 2011 at 11:29 am

@Jerry – Square is US only. If it does broaden to international markets, I would be surprised if it could support eftpos right away, which would be key for NZ & Australia. Vend on an iPad might be a good fit?

December 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Thanks Ronan, going to check Vend out!


Jason M. Blumer, CPA.CITP
December 12, 2011 at 2:43 am

Did Kara Haas put them up to this? Too funny.

James Solomons
January 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm


Mike Block CPA
April 4, 2013 at 4:26 am

Terrible Vend – Xero Defect
Vend can use many sales tax rates, but ties each rate to a separate Vend store or inventory item.

For 40+ years, all billing programs I have known could override sales tax rates when invoicing, without requiring separate inventory items for each tax rate. Even small retailers must wholesale occasionally and small wholesalers must retail occasionally. Many companies also may sell in nearby towns or counties, with different tax rates. Vend need not have Avalara’s 15,000 U.S. sales tax districts, but it must let us select a different sales tax rate when invoicing, without needing a different inventory item for each rate.

This is outrageously unacceptable. It is so fundamental that we did not test it before suggesting Vend to a client. They now want a full refund for our QuickBooks to Xero and Vend conversion time, including related integration and training. This is only a Xero issue to the extent that Xero also did not properly test Vend before announcing integration.

That is why I most respectfully request that Xero promptly confirm this problem and require a prompt Vend fix, or stop listing Vend as an integrated product.

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