what is the type or model of cash registers used in Walmart in the mid to late 90's and early 2000's? One can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uy-tsXdY9s Note the strange sounds that Ann says is when the cash register is printing.

Also note that I'm blind (no interview questions please) so I can't see if it shows the model of the cash registers. If anyone here has worked at a WalMart or remembers the cash registers there you can also help, I just posted the video to help you guys out in answering my question.


IBM POS system. Maybe some SurePOS 700 or predecessor.

The historic interesting part here is the OS, IBM 4690 OS. It was introduced arround 1993 or 1994, as a follow up to 4680 OS which in turn is based on FlexOS. No, that's not the FLEX system, but an RTOS variant of DRI's Concurent DOS. So efectivly a direct ofspring of good old CP/M :))

During the late 1980s/early 1990 FlexOS became somewhat of a standard for POS systems. Not only with IBM, but also Wincor Nixdorf or ICL. IBM later sold the 4690 OS to Toshiba, while switching to some Linux (IIRC Suse).

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  • was that an IBM printer too? Sounded like a dot matrix printer. – The Cat-alyst Apr 5 '18 at 22:44
  • Hard to tell from that video. But usually yes. – Raffzahn Apr 5 '18 at 22:51
  • Ah. My friends want to do a little business that is nostalgic of the 90's, so we wanted to use one of the old machnes from WalMart since she used to work there in the 90's, so it'd be familliar to her but we never knw what machine it was and she forgot. – The Cat-alyst Apr 5 '18 at 22:55
  • Geting the right softwaresetup might be more work than finding a POS setup. Beside, it hasn't changed so much since then. Installations like at Walmart change way slower than home PCs. For exampe, 386 based machines where still sold new in the early 2000s - more than 10 years after they vanished from the home market. To make it look somewhat vintage you need to go at least until the 1980s. – Raffzahn Apr 5 '18 at 23:02
  • Ah good point. One thing we appear to be stuck on is figuring out which receipt printer to get to get the 1997 type feel. Hence is why I mentioned the printer. – The Cat-alyst Apr 6 '18 at 9:29

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