Buy now, pay later giant Zip has launched a new cashback deal for customers ahead of Black Friday and the Christmas shopping season.
From yesterday, Zip customers using Tap & Zip, a new mobile payment platform introduced by Zip, can get up to 3% back on all transactions up to a value of $30 per transaction.
According to Zip, this can be used anywhere that accepts Visa on everyday items like groceries, petrol as well as any upcoming Black Friday and Christmas purchases.
Buy now, pay later (BNPL) platforms meanwhile saw a surge in both new customers and purchases during the same time period.
Zip Chief Customer Officer Steve Brennen said consumers are increasingly turning away from the traditional credit models because they aren't fit for purpose.
“By Zipping their everyday purchases, consumers are choosing a fairer, more transparent and flexible way to pay for goods and services," Mr Brennan said.
"Always interest free, they now have the added bonus of 3% back on every purchase made by tapping their phone.
“Christmas is a time for giving, and our customers want to be able to make the most of the season without getting stung with interest they’ll be paying back for years to come.
"This new 3% bonus offer lets us give something back to customers, no matter how they’re planning to spend the holidays this year.”
Cashback offers not a reason to overspend
While many Australians have changed their credit behaviours for the better this year, there are still some concerning signs that too many people still intend to use credit more than they should.
With a tempting 3% cashback offer giving customers up to $30 back each time they buy something, the temptation to overspend and accrue unnecessary debt using BNPL platforms could cause problems for Aussies this Christmas.
However, Mr Brennen told Savings.com.au that only one in 100 Zip customers makes late repayments each month, compared to the one in five reported by ASIC, and said it is still important to ensure Zip is lending responsibly.
"Because responsibility is in our DNA, we will only lend to consumers with good credit history and those that can afford repayments," he said.
"We’ve performed credit and identity checks on every single applicant since inception, and where customers connect their bank account, we can assess an individual's circumstances understanding all their financial commitments."
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Heritage Bank offers new 0% balance transfer
Heritage Bank has today offered a new 0% balance transfer rate, available for both new and existing customers for 12 monhs on its Gold Low Rate and Platinum Credit Cards.
"If making purchases, we suggest the customer check the interest rate they’ll be charged on these and whether they get any interest free days.”
Speaking of credit cards more broadly, Heritage CEO Peter Lock said they can still have a role to play despite the popularity of BNPL.
"Buy now pay later services seem attractive but miss any payments and the late fees can soon add up,'' Mr Lock said.
"Plus there is usually no credit check to make sure you can afford the debt you’re locking yourself into, so you can quickly find yourself in over your head if you aren’t careful.”
Mr Lock also reiterated the important of long-term budgeting to help reduce financial and emotional stress.
“Credit cards remain a fantastic back-up option, especially in times of emergency,” he said.
“Our new offer allows people to move the money they already owe to a new Heritage credit card without having to worry about the additional stress of paying interest for 12 months."