Buy Now Pay Later (‘BNPL’) is a system of advancing funds to consumers for the purchase of goods and services, with repayments made in regular instalments. The consumer can take possession of the goods or services immediately.
Currently, BNPL advances are unregulated by consumer credit law, as no interest is charged on the advances.
The National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 does not apply, and providers of BNPL finance are not required to meet the compliance requirements of that legislation.
Finance providers obtain a return on BNPL transactions via the collection of merchant fees (paid by vendors to the finance provider at the time of sale) and by recovery of fixed late fees by consumers if they default on their repayment schedule.