Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) has become an increasingly popular retail payment option for shoppers of all ages. So, if you are looking for a way to get some new eyewear, you have the option of joining thousands of Australians that enjoy the option of BNPL.
There are various BNPL options online and in stores. By using one of the various payment platforms, you can take home your glasses immediately and repay the purchase amount in instalments over several weeks. Many payment platforms, accessible on iOS and Android, are available at over 20,000 bricks-and-mortar or online stores across Australia.
Below we explain how BNPL works and the different app options you can choose from. This guide is not designed to give you all the answers, but may help you gain a grasp of how it works and what fees may or may not apply.
How Does BNPL Work?
BNPL services offer an intermediary finance service between customers and retailers. Customers can link their credit or debit card to their BNPL account—which usually happens with immediate approval in-store or online. Some payment services will make a ‘soft’ credit enquiry before opening an account. This enquiry is usually a request for your credit history that may not affect your credit score. Once approved, payment instalments are automatically charged to your debit or credit card.
Does Buy Now Pay Later Charge Interest?
BNPL platforms don’t charge shoppers any interest, although they do impose a fee from retailers who offer it as a service. However, late fees do apply if you do not meet the payments as scheduled
Late fees apply on any missed instalments such as not enough credit left on a maxed-out credit card or if there are insufficient funds in your linked bank account.
If you’re using a credit card with a BNPL platform, you will be charged interest by your credit card provider if the full outstanding monthly balance is not received and processed by the credit card company on the due date. We recommend you confirm all credit card fees with your credit card issuer.
Other BNPL fees may apply, depending on which BNPL service you are using, such as:
- Early exit fee
- Monthly account-keeping fees
- Credit establishment fee
- Payment processing fees
Even though no interest is charged, it can be quite easy to accumulate a considerable amount of fees when using BNPL services.
Buy Now Pay Later Platform Options in Australia
The BNPL market is competitive and offers plenty of options. Each service provides their own payment and fee policies.
Before deciding which BNPL payment service to use, we recommend that you carefully check and compare the terms, conditions and fee schedule to decide which, if any, are appropriate for you.
This is one of the leaders in the Australian economy and has the largest number of Australian retailers as members. When purchasing an item, you can pay the purchase price in four equal fortnightly instalments. However, if your purchase is over $500, you’ll need to pay the first instalment immediately.
A $10 fee is applied for any late instalments and a further $7 fee is applied if you haven’t settled your account within a week.
Zip Pay is another leader in the market with a large number of participating retailers. You will need to open an account with a minimum credit limit of $350 and maximum of $1,000. You have a choice of how to set up the repayment plans, which can be paid weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
You can have up to 60 days fee-free. In the month following your purchase a $6 charge applies should you have an outstanding balance on the first of every month. For payments 21 days past the due date a $5 late payment fee is levied. Minimum repayment is $40 monthly.
The Humm app allows you to get a minimum loan of $1 and up to a maximum of $30,000. You can get instant access to purchases by agreeing to five fortnightly payments or ten weekly payments. You can also purchase products and services worth up to $10,000 each, with up to 24 months to pay the bill.
For small purchases repaid over 2.5 months, there is no fee— but there’s a $6 late payment fee. Monthly fees and establishment fees may apply for larger purchases and longer repayment periods.
Klarna allows online shoppers to settle purchases in four interest-free instalments every two weeks. A $3 late fee applies to purchases under $100, or $7 for purchases over $100.
Openpay can be used online or in-store and allows you to pay up to two months with no processing fees. Fees apply to higher amounts and longer repayment terms, as well as to late payments.
Shop at your favorite stores, online or in person. You can repay in 10 weekly instalments with no interest. Late payment fees apply.
While there are many options to choose from, paying attention to late fees is very important. All the terms and conditions mentioned above may change at any time.
Prior to clicking the sign up button with a BNPL provider when looking to purchase eyewear, first learn about the different BNPL options and choose the optimal one for your needs.