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Podcast: The rise of buy now pay later

Posted: 8 April 2020 6:45 am News

Pocket Money 208 Buy Now Pay Later

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The way we pay for things is changing fast.

When it comes to consumer finance, the credit card has been on the top of the pack for years. Recently, the tides have begun to shift.

Buy now pay later is a new approach to cash flow management and leading companies like Afterpay, Zip and Klarna are attracting millions of customers across the globe.

Almost 2 million Australians had used buy now pay later services according to some research released by Roy Morgan in November last year. Young Australians are the most likely to shop with buy now pay later, with nearly 56% of customers between 14 and 34 years old, with those in the 25–34 range making up 33.5% of all users.

This new industry is not devoid of criticism. Some players have been critiqued for fostering poor budgeting habits, especially among young people. These services also fall outside of regular credit and financial regulation, which led to a Senate inquiry and involvement by ASIC.

To talk us through the ins and outs of this world, we're joined this week by Jonathan Kelly, the chief growth and innovation officer for Flexigroup. Kelly and Sally discuss the origins of this innovative new financial technology, why consumers are so keen and why he thinks the days are numbered for credit cards and frequent flyer points.

Presented by bundll – the buy now pay later app that works for everything, anywhere Mastercard is accepted. Two weeks to pay, interest-free. Shop online or in-store securely using bundll through Apple Pay and Google Pay.

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