07.05 2018 09:25h

You'll Soon Be Able To Pay For Things With Instagram

It's not looking too good for your wallet
Facebook, Instagram, Instagram News

Over a year ago Instagram announced that it was planning on rolling out a new booking and payment feature - and for a few lucky stateside users, it's finally here. 

Last week the photo-sharing app confirmed to TechCrunch that ". . . native payments for booking appointments like at restaurants or salons is now live for a limited set of partners." 

Those lucky few who have been blessed (or cursed?) with the ability to make payments on Instagram can now store their credit/debit card details directly in the app. 

Instagram has also said that in the future, all users can expect to pay for things like movie tickets and services via the app. But at present, the new feature only appears to be available in the US. And there's no word on when (or if) it will be rolled out in the UAE. 

While shoppable Instagram tags have been around for a while now, users still need to access third party websites in order to complete their purchase. If this feature becomes available to all users, it will be interesting to see how it will impact the e-commerce industry.

Many small companies and start-ups only use Instagram to sell their products online, so it's natural that Instagram would eventually create an in-app payment feature that could be used by companies of all sizes.


Would you purchase a service and/or goods within the Instagram app? Let us know in the comments below


A Day in the Life of Ahmed Al Nasheet (a.k.a. DVLZGame)
Esquire Middle East follows around the gaming influencer for 24 hours
Lilly Singh To Have Her Own Late Night Talk Show
"A Little Late with Lilly Singh" will air on NBC this fall
Brands and Marketers, Have You RSVPed To The ITP Live Summit?
It's happening on March 26 at the Address Dubai Mall
DJ Bliss To Perform at The Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi
Over 7,500 athletes will be competing in Abu Dhabi throughout the next 14 days