Category Archives: Buy Now Pay Later

GOVERNMENT’S NEW FEE ON BNPL COULD HURT CONSUMERS BY $450 MILLION AND DRIVE THEM BACK TO HIGH INTEREST CREDIT CARDS

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The new Buy-Now-Pay-Later (BNPL) fee the federal government is considering could hurt consumers by a whopping $450 million. This is how much customers would pay if merchants passed on their BNPL fees.  This new fee will not only disproportionately hurt young people as their economic future has never been more uncertain, but it will likely result in them being driven

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What consumer groups sometimes miss about Buy-Now-Pay-Later – it’s providing consumers with a much better option than credit cards

Consumer groups are designed to provided consumers with advocacy, support and often collective power. We believe most Australian consumer groups do a great job at this. However, we believe the concern regarding potential risks of Buy-Now-Pay-Later (BNPL) use can be overstated and the positive effect BNPL is having on consumers, under-appreciated. Consumer group Choice are currently surveying their members about

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Zip and Afterpay join Way Forward to further strengthen their hardship programs

This week there was news that Zip and Afterpay have partnered with Way Forward, the preeminent Australian debt solutions charity. This partnership is set to further strengthen Zip and Afterpay’s existing hardship programs Way Forward is a not for-profit-organisation helping people in financial difficulty become debt free. They offer Australians debt advice and free financial support to help manage their

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Is the ANZ BNPL capitulation a canary in the coal mine for credit cards?

Recent news of ANZ Bank finally capitulating and announcing their own version of Buy-Now-Pay-Later could be considered the canary in the coal mine for credit cards.  At a time when Australians managed to wipe $1.1 Billion off their credit card debt in a single month, it could be argued this archaic form of providing credit could be on it’s way

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“BNPLs don’t have checks and balances on customers”- True or False?

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Please refer to my article “There’s no hardship or protections with BNPL if you get into trouble”  where I talked about the ‘BNPL incentive’. BNPL companies need customers to be able to pay off their debt. Which is why your spending limit on a product like Afterpay starts low, and you need to make your first instalment payment upfront.   Many

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“There’s no hardship or protections with BNPL if you get into trouble” – True or False?

There’s a consistent theme in regards to BNPL which often pits it as a predatory consumer product that doesn’t care for its users. The reality couldn’t be further from the truth. BNPL needs its users to have a good experience for it to maintain. We thought we would take a look into the idea that “There’s no hardship or protections

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True or false? “BNPL is unregulated”

Have you read a news article about Buy-Now-Pay-Later in the past year? Stupid question right?  Afterpay, Zip and Klarna have dominated the news cycle for years now. More often than not, what you read is well researched, well fact checked and well written. However one statement or theme that continues to pop up is that ‘BNPL is unregulated’.  We’re here

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Christmas Savings tips and tricks 

Industrial action, COVID-19 disruptions and Christmas-level parcel volumes every week mean the lengthy delays people are experiencing in regards to their delivery times are here to stay, according to the boss of logistics software company Shippit.  That’s why we here at SmartWayToPay think now’s the time to be considering shopping for Christmas. So what’re some top tips to saving on

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SmartWayToPay Calls on Government to Cap Credit Card Interest at 10%

SmartWayToPay is calling on the federal government to cap credit card interest rates at 10% after ASIC recently confirmed that 1.9 million Australians were in persistent credit card debt. This comes at a time when it appears total personal credit card debt accruing interest in Australia appears to be locked at a consistent $20 billion, as it has remained for

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DON’T BELIEVE THE CREDIT CARD CARTEL ON BNPL & CREDIT SCORES: AN INTERNET OR MOBILE PLAN IS MORE DANGEROUS

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The credit card industry recently pounced on new rules that allow Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) providers to report activity to credit reporting agencies. This is a continuation of the myth that simply having a BNPL account could mean young people won’t be able to get a loan. But what the payments industry dinosaurs neglect to mention is that credit

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