Walmart says goodbye to layaway, offers new ‘buy now, pay later’ payment option

A shopper loads items into her car in the parking lot of a Walmart in Willow Grove, Pa., Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Walmart says it will start commercializing its delivery service, using contract workers, autonomous vehicles and even drones to deliver other retailers' products directly to their customers' homes as fast as just a few hours. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (Matt Rourke, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Walmart is saying goodbye to its annual layaway option for the 2021 holiday season.

Walmart normally offers the layaway plan from late August through mid-December, which allows customers to put items on hold with a small deposit and then make regular payments until the total is paid off.

The company has decided to ditch this plan and offer a new monthly “buy now, pay later” payment option called Affirm.

On Walmart’s website it explains that you can purchase an item immediately and then pay overtime, at your chosen pace ranging from 3 to 24 months. When you checkout, Affirm shows you your exact terms of purchase.

Unlike Walmart’s previous plan, Affirm does have a finance charge. The APR rate will be between 10% and 30% for most items depending upon your credit. However, there are still some items available for 0% APR.

Affirm does not charge late fees, prepayment fees, annual fees, or service fees to open or close your Affirm account.

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Kamryn Buza joined 10 News as an intern in September 2021.