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Opinion

March 26, 2013

Registers are disappearing

NORMAN — Ka-ching! Add cash registers to the list of disappearing relics. The Associated Press reports that stores across the country are ditching their old-fashioned cash registers and turning to more high-tech devices.

Some are equipping sales people with smartphones and tablet computers to ring up sales. It frees up space for more merchandise and allows clerks to do more selling. Another store is testing a “Scan & Go” app that lets customers ring up their own purchases as they shop.

It’s all part of an increasingly mobile trend in shopping, communications and computing. Customers don’t want to be bogged down waiting in lines. To them, it’s unproductive time.

The bottom line is iPads are cheaper than traditional registers. A $1,500 iPad with a credit card reader accessory looks cheap compared to a $4,000 register.

The only problem is where to put the cash drawer. Customers who prefer to pay with cash or checks may have to wait in line or find another place to shop.

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