February 14, 2013

Oh Yeah! My First Ever GMarket Haul

Yesssss, I finally got my GMarket Package (insert applause and ^__^ evil laugh here).  Yeah, so this is my (and my friend's) first time and I've known GMarket because of a friend who loves BigBang (particularly the leader) who endorses GMarket.

Unlike others who have a BIG box on their first haul, mine is in medium size.  I'm expecting a small one but turns out that I need two hands to carry it.  Actually I wanted to buy lots of products but two words keep on bugging my head: Shipping, Customs, Shipping, Customs, Shipping, Customs and boy they scared me.
(and because they scared me I forgot to get the $1 deal from Mizon. I could have added just P150 for the product and shipping)
~my precious~
Thank you EMS for carefully handling my box,  I thought that it would look haggard when I'll claim it but it looks safe and sound that even the invoice don't have any tear nor scratch.

Okay, to all GD fans out there...I'm so sorry.
to all GD fans all over the world, please accept my sincerest apologies
I used Kwon Jiyong a.k.a. GD because I don't personally know anyone from Korea and since my friend loves GD, why not give her a little *kilig* di ba?
GD gave me a gift ^__^
And so let's take a look at what's inside.  Ahahaha, the box is only half full (maybe this is GMarket's standard medium size?).  And inside, there's another 2 boxes that came from the 2 stores where my friend and I ordered.
waste of space, I really should have ordered more
And here are the 2 packages.  The square one is my friend's order while the elongated one is mine.
packing tape everywhere
The square box is from 폰 plus Minishop in which my friend ordered her Mercury-style cell phone Jelly Cases for her Samsung S3.  While on the way home, my friend hoped that she'll get another case for free.  With her wishful thinking, she got what she hoped for plus more!
free pink case plus koala dust stopper
She ordered the black and the baby pink one here for 2650 won ($2.60) each.  So how did we know what color to pick from the drop down button (which is in hangyul)?  What else, Google Translate!  Thanks to the seller by the way for the very fast and smooth transaction (the items are shipped to GMarket a few hours after we paid even if it's on weekend) and of course for the generous freebies.

Update: After almost a week, I finally have the guts to throw the boxes of my haul but lo and behold! I found these 2 plastic of protectors, each containing 2, my friend would really be happy to have these extras.
found additional freebies in the magic box
Next is mine!  I only got 4 items (insert sad face here) but this is my first time and I'm very nervous because of what I read from other bloggers about their package being held hostage in customs.  Anyway, still very happy because I got everything on sale.
did I order bubble wraps?
So every item of my order is bubble wrapped. Removing the bubble wraps will leave the box half empty.
92% aloe and 90% aloe hmmm what will be the difference?
I don't know why I ordered another tub of aloe since I still have 3 Nature Republic Aloe Gel.  Maybe I want to compare the two or maybe I've been wondering why the It's Skin's is pricier?  Maybe both!  And also got a tube of aloe to carry around but it's smaller than I thought.  Anyway, the main reason why I got it is to escape the domestic delivery charge of 2500 won (1650 won versus 2500 won? of course I'll go with the 1650).  Original price of the It's Skin Aloe Soothing gel 92% is 8800 won for 200g  (link herewhile the It's skin Aloe Soothing gel 90% is 3300 won for 75ml (and yet the estimated weight is .3 kg whoah!, link here).  Both by the way are at 50% off.

Next, still from It's Skin: Skin Rice Firming Cleansing Milk.
can it also brighten my skin?
I'm loving my cucumber cleansing milk from The Body Shop so since this is at 30% sale, I got myself another cleansing milk and I'm happy that it's dermatologist tested.  Here's the link to the product which I got for 4760 won.

Last item is the Phyto Theraphy Nature in Emulsion.  Again, I got this out of curiosity because of the word "Phyto".
Phyto, Fighting!!!
Pretty box, pretty packaging and pretty price too good thing I only got it for 7400 won.  This one promises to wake up skin's own potential energy.  I do hope that it can wake up my pale face!

And last but not least is of course freebies.  Not much, just 3 sachets of Power 10 Formula VC Effector which is one of It's Skin's best seller.  Still thankful to the seller because he still gave freebies even if I bought everything on sale.
with Vitamin C Derivatives
The name of the mini shop and link is 잇츠스킨숍 and just to let you know, this shop doesn't process order on weekends based on my experience (I ordered on a Saturday and they processed and shipped my orders on a Monday which is for me still fast).

Here's what I paid for the shipping.  I didn't check the weight of my package so it's a shame that I paid for the .11 kg even if I didn't use it (click here for the shipping rates of GMarket).  I wish that the next time I order, the shipping fee is also on sale kekeke. Just a note, if you are new to GMarket, check Plus Zone first before ordering.  I only check it after purchasing and I'm not aware of the coupons and special benefits.  I got a 5% discount coupon but too bad I already ordered.

SubjectShipping Fee Info.AmountRemarks
Worldwide Shipping FeeEstimated Shipping Fee (Prepaid)₩18,160  Estimated Weight :1.60 Kg
Actual Weight :1.69 Kg
Additional Shipping Fee (Paid)₩0 
Total Worldwide Shipping Fee : ₩18,160

this is my tracking.  thanks EMS Korea for answering my question
Overall, my first GMarket experience is very good.  Fast and hassle free and as you can see in my tracking (except when my package arrived in the Philippines, the intervals is just 1 day.  I ordered February 2, 2013 and my orders already arrived in my country February 6, 2013.

Kamsahamnida GMarket!

Thanks for reading.  Till then.  Bye!

*to learn more about GMarket, go to http://english.gmarket.co.kr/

63 comments:

  1. thanks for sharing! i love ordering from gmarket. its my go-to site for all things korean! they have great korean cosmetics and they always have sales going on.
    http://beautybloggr.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. it's a great experience. just looking at the products in the website makes me feel that I'm really shopping. hope that the shipping would go down though :)

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  2. Nice haul! I've never ordered from Gmarket before! why did you apologize to the GD fans though?

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  3. @Eva Nyah, it's great to order in GMarket if it's on sale ^__^. I used GD's real name as the sender and some GD funds might not find it cute (especially those possesive type :P)

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    1. don't worry dear...gmarket buyers do this all the time...LOL

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    2. ahahaha I also do believe that a lot are doing it but just in case, I already put an advance apology :D

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    3. oh my gosh. Funds. Mixing up Arya with your workstuff ah. ex pala.

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  4. I'm so scared to order from gmarket, the whole site is so confusing to me I worry that I'm wasting money because I don't know how to optimize shipping costs (EMS is so expensive!). Thanks for sharing all this info with us.

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    1. the shipping cost is really expensive, I hope GMarket would also use other couriers. and I'll do everything next time to optimize the shipping but hope it would also go on sale

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  5. Congrats on winning too, hope you win again hehe :D
    http://purchasingneeds.blogspot.com/

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  6. Congrats on winning. Hope you win again! :D
    http://purchasingneeds.blogspot.com

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  7. Hi. I'm late to the party. I am thinking of buying from gmarket too, but I'm also scared of being taxed excessively.. :((
    Did you pay any additional fees for customs?

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    1. for this order I paid P40/$1, with my se ond order though which is bigger than the first, I paid around $30 and because of that I didn't order directly from Gmarket again. i just ask a seller online to buy the items for me :)

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  8. what was your bill it is in dollar or peso?

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  9. what was your bill is it dollars or peso?

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    1. My bill is php peso but the numbers indicated above are in korean won

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    2. so do you you pay them won or peso?

      sorry for the questions because its my first time to buy at gmarket..

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    3. It's in won and then when you pay your credit card it will be converted to peso

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    4. So you will not need korean won to pay the bill?

      Am i correct

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  10. Yup, it will be converted based on your currency

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  11. How did you name yourself as Kwon Ji yong?

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    1. I just type it in the sender when I checked out :)

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    2. There's no sender box in check out

      there's only receiver and buyer.. is it one of them

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    3. Where did you get your package philpost or door to door

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    4. door to door but if there's no one to receive your package you have to claim it to philpost, hopefully the customs will not "eye" your order

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  12. Hi! i want to order in GMarket but I read a lot in EMS PH FB page that they are not delivering packages. Some are so angry bec. their packages have incomplete items while others need to get they're packages in the main branch and pay a lot of taxes. I want the one like yours which is door to door. What should I do? Hope you will answer me. Thanks!

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    1. Hi, is the package is small and is not tjat "valuable" EMS will not care much about it and will deliver door to door as long as there's someone who is going to receive and pay less than 100 pesos for postage stamps. But if it's a little huge like my second from GMarket then expect the horror of paying thousands and waiting for hours just to get your box...it happen to me and I'm afraid to order online now

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    3. *happened
      Bag is also a hot item in customs. I remember the girl beside me who was asked to pay around 500 for a second hand bag given as a gift by her sister from us

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    4. I want to buy bags. Because bags there are unique unlike here. I think the bags that I like is almost 1.5 kg. And in your 2nd buy you get it directly in the branch? They didn't deliver it? How did you know that they will not deliver it? Did you call them? I'm afraid that if i buy I have to go to the main branch which is quite far from me and I'm not familiar w/ the place. Thanks again!

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    5. I want to buy bags. Because bags there are unique unlike here. I think the bags that I like is almost 1.5 kg. And in your 2nd buy you get it directly in the branch? They didn't deliver it? How did you know that they will not deliver it? Did you call them? I'm afraid that if i buy I have to go to the main branch which is quite far from me and I'm not familiar w/ the place. Thanks again!

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  13. Hi again! I forgot to say but I'm from province and does EMS delivers through Local post office?

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    1. yup but I suggest that you make your order small :) the girl that i'm telling you came from bulacan

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  14. Hi~ i am planning to order a few things that would go past 10 kg. How much do you think i'd have to pay for taxes? How much did your order weigh and how much tax did you have to pay? Thanks!

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    1. Hello. Depends on the contents and soze of your box not really about weight. I paid around 1500 or 2000 for putchases worth around 2500 including shipping fee---they also taxed the shipping fee

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  15. Hi! Can I ask what mode of payment yung ginamit mo po? I'm trying to pay kasi. This is my first transaction with gmarket but ayaw matanggap yung payment ko :(

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  16. Hi! I ordered at Gmarket a cd + poster. The total amount was around $27. Is it taxable? What are the other charges to be paid in claiming it? Thank you.

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    1. I never experienced ordering cd and poster but if it's just small and customs will just let go of it then you will just have to pay around 100 pesos but if the customs find it taxable then around 500 maybe more

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  17. Hi,can I ask what did you buy on your second batch order in gmarket then?I ordered skincare and makeup worth 5k ,I worry customs will kidnapped my package and tax me so much.

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  18. Hello~Gusto ko sanang mag order ng t shirts from G market kaso I don't know kung paano, Kung saan ako magbabayad kung peso ba dapat yung bill ko or won tas kung pano ko makukuha,I know na sobrang late ng comment ko kase 2013 pa yung post mo hehehe pero I hope magreply ka thankyou~!

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    1. hello:) di ko rin alam kung same pa rin ordering system sa GMarket pero if oorder ka pa rin, in won siya tapos icoconvert na lang sa paypal mo kung ano ang php equivalent for the day. it will be delivered via post pag di siya naharang sa customs, congrats mga 100+ lang babayadan mong postage tax pero pag naharang sa customs magiging libo na ang babayadan mo that's why di na ako umoorder sa GMarket
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  19. Hi po! I was planning on purchasing k-albums on GMarket, and i was looking for reviews about them, and nakita ko tong review mo ^-* hihihi. Also, I'm from cebu po. The total weight of my item is around 4 kilos po, costing me 12,000 plus. I just wanted to ask you po if they'll deliver it directly in cebu or would trek all over to pasay huhuhuhu. thank you!

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    1. hello. I'm actually not sure since it's a bit pricey, I hope nadeclare siya as gift and if the package is not that big, mukhang di naman mahaharang since hopefully. Why did you order your k-albums in GMarket? my friend order it from a store in korea, a little pricey from GMarket pero may mga freebies na poster and sure siya na sa bahay mismo ipapadala...forgot the name of the shop, will ask may friend

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    2. oppps di ka pa pala nagoorder talaga. sabi nung friend ko sa ilovecpop pero mukhang nagbago na daw ng name or sa yesasia basta meron siyang free shipping na stub or yung 5% off, diretso daw sa bahay nila. I do not recommend GMarket if malakihang order or nasa malaking box kasi baka maharang parang yung second order ko and I paid a big amount of tax around half or I think more sa coat ng purchases ko

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  20. hi, was your order delivered right in front of our doorstep or did you claim it at the post office? I just ordered in gmarket last week. thank you! :)

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    1. I picked it up from the post office :)

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  21. If you don't mind san ka na nagoorder ng korean apparels :)

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  22. Hello, I usually look sa IG pero yung size kasi is isa lang so I never tried ordering.
    Sa Gmarket nagorder ako once ng dress shirt and a bag, ayun nahold ng customs

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  23. Helloo. Gusto ko talagang umorder ng phone sa Gmarket kasi ang mura lang. pero natatakot kasi ako sa EMS shipping.di ko kasi alam yon. pero anyways ito raw ang total ng babayaran ko: ₩ 20,710(₱ 891.91) my question is pano ba yung payment saka yan ba yung saktong babayaran ko? help me mga unnie. Jebalyoooo ;(

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    1. Hi cassiee, nung umorder ako paypal ang gamit namin nung friend ko and nope you need to pay pa shipping unless may promo na free shipping sila or may coupon kang mahahanap if same pa ang gmarket, medyo matagal na akong di umoorder eh

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    2. Ohh. Thank youuuu. Ang estimated kasing bigat nung inorder ko mga 1 kilos. Nasa magkano po kya yung babayaran ko? Saka door to door po ba yung delivery? Saka magkano po kadalasan yung binabayad sa shipping fee? Last na po talaga

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    3. uh oh your comment went to spam sorry about that. Not sure kung magkano yung babauaran you can just try sa site sasabihin naman before payment. And again depende talaga sa customs kung haharangin yung package mo

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  24. i don't have a blog pero nag-message na ko sa facebook account at page mo pati rin sa ig. yung @omg_neneee hope na makareply ka talaga sa message ko

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