Definition of layaway
: a purchasing agreement by which a retailer agrees to hold merchandise secured by a deposit until the price is paid in full by the customer
Examples of layaway in a Sentence
We bought the table and chairs on layaway, so we won't have them until December.
The store offers a layaway plan for large purchases.
Recent Examples of layaway from the Web
The suspect returned later that day and put two firearms on layaway, giving the store his name and contact information.
A few days ago, McGraw’s mom went to a local Walmart and paid off $5,000 worth of jewelry layaway and gave out cash to customers on the couple’s behalf.
Inside, Joseph Baivatu, 29, prepares to make the next payment on a layaway for something very special: a large sperm whale tooth.
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Financial Definition of LAYAWAY
What It Is
Layaway is an arrangement in which a retailer agrees to reserves a piece of merchandise for a customer who cannot immediately pay for it in full.
How It Works
Layaway is a delayed payment method. A customer deposits a fraction of an item's price, and then the retailer stores the item for a specific period of time. The customer must pay for the item within an agreed time frame or else the retailer will put it back on the shelves for other customers.
For example, let's assume Bob wants to buy a $50 food processor Big Store, but does not have enough money. Bob decides to use Big Store's layaway plan, instead. He deposits $10 with Big Store and they agree to hold the item for 10 days. Bob has 10 days to pay the remaining $40, and if he doesn't, Big Store will put the food processor back on the sales floor.
Why It Matters
Layaway plans are good options for customers who don't have access to credit or who don't want to use credit. After falling out of vogue for many years, some stores are bringing layaway plans back as a way to attract cash-strapped consumers.
LAYAWAY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of layaway for English Language Learners
: a way of buying something in which you do not receive the thing you are buying until you have paid the full price by making small payments over a period of time
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