Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) providers offer flexible and interest-free payment options to your learners, making your offering more affordable, lowering the barrier for them to purchase. By giving your learners the ability to pay in instalments—at no risk to you—you’ll see an increase in purchases from customers who could not have otherwise bought from you.
Thinkific transactions made with BNPL have an average order value more than three times higher than transactions made with cards! So while there is a higher fee on BNPL transactions (learn more below), you'll see an increase in conversions and sales from a brand new audience with new buying power made possible with BNPL.
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About This Feature
Creators on TCommerce: Powered by Thinkific Payments* can leverage Buy Now, Pay Later payment methods.
*in Thinkific Payment-supported countries
Providing BNPL as a payment option to your Learners offer you:
Increased sales & business growth
Thinkific transactions made with BNPL have an average order value of more than three times higher than transactions made with cards because learners have access to a convenient form of credit, which can lead to more sales.
Stronger buying power for your audience
By giving your learners the ability to pay in installments, you’re giving them additional buying power, and you’ll see an increase in purchases from customers who could not have otherwise bought from you.
Reduced staffing needs
Offering payment plans through a BNPL provider can reduce the need for additional staff to follow up on failed payments, as the provider handles payment collection and processing.
Lower capital requirements
With BNPL, you receive the payment right away, while Learners have the option to pay over time. This can free up capital that can be invested in marketing, advertising, or staffing, rather than being tied up in outstanding account receivables.
Promote BNPL to Your Audience
Here are 3 easy ways you can promote BNPL to attract new learners, increase sales, and enhance the overall learner experience
- Add a banner to your website that tells learners you now offer BNPL payment methods
- Tell your audience about it on your social channels
- Let your audience know via mass user email
“Something I didn’t expect is that, by offering Buy Now, Pay Later payment methods to my audience, my students actually feel more seen and heard. I feel my students are grateful that I’m supporting them by being more inclusive with additional payment options.”
- Mina Irfan, Founder, The Universe Guru
How BNPL Works
Learners will see the option to complete their purchase with interest-free installments with a BNPL provider during checkout. When they choose a BNPL provider, they will be directed to the BNPL provider's website to create an account using their mobile number or email address before completing the purchase.
You will be able to see which BNPL provider a learner used to purchase your product through the Orders Table or Transactions Table. When a learner purchases using a BNPL provider, you will receive the full transaction amount in your bank account via Thinkific Payments, just like credit card transactions.
Currently, the BNPL options will not appear if your location and student's location differ or if you are selling products in a currency different from the currency of your country.
Thinkific Payments processed Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) services from Affirm, Afterpay, Clearpay, and Klarna. During the checkout process, Learners will be presented with only those BNPL providers that are available in their country of residence.
|Provider||Customer Country||Repayment Options||Transaction Limit|
|Affirm||Canada, United States||
4 interest-free payments in fortnightly or monthly installments
|50 USD minimum; 30,000 USD maximum
For loans, 17,500 USD maximum. If a charge is >$17.5k, the customer pays for the difference immediately as the down payment
|Afterpay/Clearpay||Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, United States||
4 interest-free payments over 6 weeks
|1 USD minimum; 2,000 USD maximum or local equivalent|
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States
US-based creators cannot accept Klarna payments from non-US customers
Pay in 3 or 4 interest-free installments
Pay in full in 14 or 30 days
Pay outright with stored payment details
Monthly payments for up to 36 months
|10 USD minimum or local equivalent. (5,000 USD+ for financing possible; maximum varies by customer)|
BNPL providers can only be used as a payment method for one-time payments.
It is not available for subscriptions or payment plans.
|Creator Country/Region||Transaction Fee|
|6.5% + $0.30 per transaction, with no other additional fees|
|European Union||6.5% + €0.25 per transaction, with no other additional fees|
|United Kingdom||6.5% + £0.20 per transaction, with no other additional fees|
|Provider||Refund Eligibility||Refund Process|
|Affirm||Affirm supports partial or full refunds for up to 120 days after the original purchase.||After Thinkific Payments initiates a refund, Affirm pauses the customer’s payment plan and refunds the customer for any payments they’ve already made, minus any interest paid. Thinkific Payments doesn’t credit back the processing fees in the event of a refund.|
|Afterpay/Clearpay||Afterpay supports full or partial refunds for charges up to 180 days after the original payment.||Refunds for Afterpay payments are asynchronous.|
|Klarna||Klarna supports full or partial refunds for up to 180 days after the initial payment is completed.||Klarna cancels any remaining payments on a refunded charge and returns the already-paid amount to the customer. Refunds usually take 5-7 business days to complete but may take longer depending on the customer’s financial institution and the type of purchase.|
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if a learner pays late?
If a learner misses a payment, you will not be impacted nor responsible for trying to recoup the missed payments.
Can I disable these payment options?
If you’d like to turn off these payment options, please reach out to our Support team and we can do this for you.
Why is this payment method enabled by default?
Buy Now, Pay Later options are another tool available in the suite of tools TCommerce offers! This means that for all TCommerce users, you automatically get access to new and innovative features, first. BNPL can only be turned on and off per site but not by product. If you’d like to turn off this feature, please reach out to our Support team for assistance.
Can learners apply coupons prior to utilizing a BNPL payment provider?
Yes, learners can apply coupons prior to utilizing a BNPL payment provider.
Can learners utilize a BNPL payment provider to purchase a pre-order product?
Yes, learners can utilize a BNPL payment provider to purchase a pre-order product.
Why do BNPL options not show on my checkout page?
Your learners will only see the BNPL options that are available in their country of residence. Additionally, BNPL options will not appear if:
- Your country and student's location country differ
- If you are selling products in a currency different from the currency of your country
We are working hard on enhancing your Thinkific experience, and if you have feedback about the feature and why it is important to you, we want to know! Please send us a quick email to let us know what functionality would be most valuable to you.