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Do You Use Layaway?

Stores like Kmart, Sears, and Toys "R" Us are bringing back layaway programs. This service lets customers pay a small down payment, and then holds goods until the entire price is paid off. Big-ticket items, such as electronics, are increasingly being paid for through layaway programs, especially since shoppers are reluctant to rack up more debt on their credit cards.

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jennylou311 jennylou311 7 years
My Mom used to put things on lay-a-way when I was little but stores stopped offering it... Now it seems it has returned.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
Personally, I would never buy something I couldn't pay for out of pocket, unless it a major life purchase like a house.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
I disagree with Magic to a degree. I use to work retail and most people who do layaway don't just go crazy and put all types of big ticket items in layaway. There are people who put Christmas gifts in layaway so they are not in their house, so their love ones won't find them while others it's a piece of mind to get everything and make payments on them (instead of last minute shopping). There are some people who do go crazy but in my experience there are more rational reasons that people do layaway. I also think a lot of people do layaway for events (i.e. Easter clothing, back to school clothes, Holidays; etc). Most layaway departments see the increases during these types of events.
Acid-Pops Acid-Pops 7 years
My mom always used when I was little, especially before Christmas time.
verily verily 7 years
I've never used it. I do have one store card (Best Buy) that I use to make large purchases, but I'm really good about paying it off before the interest kicks in.
magickalrealism magickalrealism 7 years
I have used it, but I do NOT think it's a good alternative to credit cards. There's still usually a type of interest plan involved, you can lose both what you're trying to buy and the money invested, and it still contributes to consumer overspending/overreaching. If you can use layaway, you can easily just save the money until you have enough to buy whatever it is you're buying.
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