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The dark side of Buy Now Pay Later apps

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The dark side of Buy Now Pay Later apps

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Think twice before using Buy Now Pay Later apps. (Timestamps below) There are no free lunches. Find out how expensive it is to offer (for a merchant), how that can increase prices, and how using other methods to pay might be better for you (and also for lower income households!)

***Correction: As pointed out by the (great) blog “Michael James on Money”, I should have factored in that the BNPL company collects a riskless $25 payment upfront. So really, they lent out $69 over 6 weeks. That increases the effective APR on their loan from 55% to 76%. For a more detailed look, visit: l

00:00 What are “Buy Now, Pay Later” companies?
00:46 Example of a Buy Now Pay Later transaction
01:12 How do these services make money?
03:10 How much does it cost the retailer?
05:05 How lower income households subsidize richer households
08:30 Is using a regular credit card transaction better?
10:09 What’s the ideal way to pay for discretionary expenses?
11:09 Delinquency rates for credit and Buy Now Pay Later
11:35 How much revenue do missed payments generate?

Resources and links mentioned in the video:
How lower income households subsidize the rewards programs of wealthier households: /
Factoring Accounts Receivable: /
Credit Card Competition Tribunal in Canada:
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How to calculate APR on short term loans: f
How to calculate the interest payable on a credit card: /

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