Buy Now Pay Later Worries

FILE - A 65-inch television is shown at a warehouse, Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Lone Tree, Colo. Buy now, pay later loans allow users to pay for items such as new sneakers, electronics or luxury goods in installments.

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans have grown fond of “buy now, pay later” services, but the “pay later” part is becoming increasingly difficult for some borrowers.

Buy now, pay later loans allow users to pay for items such new sneakers, electronics, or luxury goods in installments. Companies such as Affirm, Afterpay, Klarna and PayPal have built popular financial products around these short-term loans, particularly for younger borrowers, who are fearful of never-ending credit card debt.

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