Amazon Pay Later introduced in India
In the era of digitalization, consumers prefer to use the finest services provided by various e-commerce platforms. In this chase, all major e-commerce platforms try to offer preeminent services to their customers, which helps them to establish their brand name in this competitive market. On 26th March 2020, Amazon launched their new service “Amazon Pay Later” with some remarkable features. It will ease the buying pattern of customers.
What is “Amazon Pay Later”?
Amazon Pay Later is a credit providing mechanism, which ensures that customers can buy the products now and pay the price in future within a stipulated time period. Purpose of launching this service is to provide the customer a hassle free mode to get instant credit without submitting countless documents which an usual credit giver demands.
Products can be purchased using Amazon Pay Later?
Customers can purchase daily essentials, home appliances, electronic gadgets, groceries and many more. Besides that, they can pay all the bills, recharge and top up their Dth and other services too. Amazon Pay Later prohibits some items which includes jewelry, bullion i.e. Gold and silver and Amazon pay gift card. Customers can only purchase the products provided by Amazon in their country. Products by overseas merchants are prohibited.
How to register?
The registration process is an easy-going task which hardly takes 2 minutes. They provid two options to the customers. They can go with existing KYC or OTP (One-Time Password) based e-KYC. In both the methods customer just need to follow the steps and registration will be completed within minutes.
Features of Amazon Pay Later:
If a customer buys a product and chooses a tenure of 1 month, the product price range should be in between ₹1 – ₹10,000. They can buy the product and pay the price in the succeeding month. If a customer purchases a product and chooses a tenure of 3 months, the product price range should be in between ₹3,000 – ₹30,000, They can also choose a tenure of 6 months. For this, the product price range should be in between ₹6,000 – ₹60,000. They can buy the product and pay the EMI in succeeding 3 and 6 months, respectively.
If a customer wishes to choose a tenure of 9 and 12 months, the minimum and maximum amount should be ₹9,000. They can buy the product and pay the EMI in succeeding 9 & 12 months. The rate of interest is very nominal ranging from 1.5% to 2% in all scenarios excluding the tenure of 1 month which is absolutely free.
Reliability and loopholes:
Amazon has tied up with reputed NBFC, CapFloat Financial Services Private Limited (Capital float) for ensuring smooth conduct of business. Although with all these amazing features, Amazon Pay Later has some drawbacks. As per the RBI norms, credit up to ₹60,000 p.a can be granted to any individual with eKYC. The major drawback is, if a customer purchased any product and later cancelled or returned it, the amount of the product will be considered while calculating the limit i.e. ₹60,000 irrespective of procurement of the product by customer.