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February Gmarket Haul

Gmarket is your Korean eBay. It has loads of cute clothes for inexpensive prices.

I’m going to show you what I ordered and also do a review on Gmarket.

But here’s a brief introduction of Gmarket – the way it works is that you order items from sellers and have the items sent to the Gmarket warehouse. After that, they will consolidate the packages for you and send it to your house.

The good thing is there are no fees for this! You just have to pay domestic and international shipping. However, the only method of international shipping is EMS making it pricey unless you order A LOT.

So here’s a collage of what I got –

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2 office blouses, an eyeliner set, a pair of shoes, and sun glasses

Find out what I thought of the items and Gmarket below!

Mizon Parisien Eye Stage Collection

$3.14
URL: http://english.gmarket.co.kr/challenge/neo_goods/goods.asp?goodscode=339673182

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This eyeliner set is AMAZING.

I tried it on the back of my hand to see how the color is. It’s vibrant, a bit gliterry for my taste, but I’ll just use it for nights out.

There’s different kinds of pencils. The colored ones serve as normal eyeliner. The white one is a corrector if you make any mistakes. And the liquid eyeliner is a highlighter.

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After I did my swatch, I continued on with life. And this eyeliner was still on my hand hours later even with a shower in between! And the glitter was STILL there too.

Considering how little I paid for this, I’m really satisfied with the purchase.

Verdict :bear: 5 strawberries out of 5
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Iamsingle Wedge Heel Booties

$28.00
URL: http://english.gmarket.co.kr/challenge/neo_goods/goods.asp?goodscode=313470444

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These were the reason for my Gmarket order. When I was in Paris last year, I saw a Korean girl wearing these and I was just smitten over them.

I love how cute and mature they are while still being comfortable. It work outs for me because being in Europe means loads of walking. So it’s not practical to be wearing fancy heels.

I also wore these in my shoot! DSC_1427

I measured my foot and these still ended up being a bit too big. It requires socks AND shoe pads.

But that’s OK. I AM JUST SO HAPPY TO HAVE A PAIR AFTER A YEAR OF DREAMING OF THEM.

I think I will buy a tan colored version in the right size!!! Yes, I am that crazy about these shoes! :heart:

Verdict :bear: 5 strawberries out of 5
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Retro Sunglasses

$9.00
URL: http://english.gmarket.co.kr/challenge/neo_goods/goods.asp?goodscode=177654120

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I had been wanting a silly pair of these retro sunglasses. So I checked out the usual joint of TJ Maxx. But uuuurrrgh – they cost at least $20! For a no name brand!

So yes, I resorted to buying them online.

I love these. They feel sturdy and don’t feel like they’ll break from the slightest pressure. They also came with a baggy and a cleansing cloth.

Verdict :bear: 5 strawberries out of 5
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BABI STORY Peach Chiffon Blouse

$12.00
URL: http://english.gmarket.co.kr/challenge/neo_goods/goods.asp?goodscode=288413132

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(Sorry the photo is wrinkle central!)

I got this blouse in the peach color.

And I love it. It’s so simple, but so classic and mature. It is your classic blouse, but accented with gold buttons vertically, but also on the shoulders. It also has breast pockets (which are fake).  I got loads of compliments wearing this in the office. It just looks so professional, but fashionable still.

Verdict :bear: 5 strawberries out of 5
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BABI STORY BLACK BLOUSE

$12.00
URL: http://english.gmarket.co.kr/challenge/neo_goods/goods.asp?goodscode=288413132

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I love this blouse even more than the other.

To me, it’s the epitome of fashionable and professional! I got even more compliments wearing this around in the office.

Again, it’s accented with gold buttons both vertically and on the shoulders. But in addition to that, the top comes with a ribbon which you can loop under the shoulders. And then it looks like a school girl blouse like below –

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Verdict :bear: 5 strawberries out of 5
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Overview of Gmarket

Pros

  • Quality – The quality of the items I bought are really good. This is a big plus for me especially with the office blouses. You DON’T want to wear cheap looking blouses at work if you want a good impression!
  • Inexpensive yet fashionable – They are fashionable, but beat similar clothing stores in price by a lot! $12 is REALLY inexpensive for these blouses.
  • No service fees – Although you need to have your items sent to the Gmarket warehouse, they do not charge you any fees.

Cons

  • Expensive shipping –  The only shipping available is EMS. It’s going to make the total of your package cost so much more.
  • Extremely slow site – I don’t know if I am the only one, but I often find their site hard to bear. I just want to look at cute clothes, but a page often takes 5 minutes to load and I have to keep re-loading it until all the billions of pictures are loaded. IT IS SO FRUSTRATING especially because I am in love with their clothes..  It took me forever to re-gather the pictures from Gmarket for this post. I won’t be exaggerating when I say I’ve wasted at least 30 minutes of life!
    I feel like I have to set aside like 5 hours just to make a small order.. :aseru: I don’t know why – but can’t they learn to optimally size pictures or not put everyone single blouse they have from their store on one page?!
  • Price is not clear – After a page loads and you finally find something you like – you have to go through the cumbersome drop down to find out what the price is. And then you realize it’s too expensive and you’ve just wasted 5 minutes of your life loading that page.
  • Internet Explorer is a must – I had errors trying to check out using Firefox. Not only that, you need to install some of kind of plugin on Internet Explorer. And then it worked. This will be prompted when you are trying to pay. Unfortunately I did not figure this out until at least an hour of my own suffering.
  • Gmarket does not open your packages – I guess this up to you if you think it’s good or not. But my blouses came with HANGERS. I would have preferred Gmarket to open that package to save on shipping costs. My shoes came in a shoe box as well. I would have preferred that opened and stuffed with bubble instead.
    Another thing is because of this – Gmarket’s packing was not done very well. They simply got a box that fit my packages and stuffed them all in. They did not bother to put bubble plastic in it to prevent stuff from moving around.DSC_2438
    That’s what the box looked like when I opened it. As you can see, all my stuff was probably moving all over the place during transit. This worried me a bit. Good thing the individual packages from the sellers were packed well enough.

And the part you’ve been expecting – the total cost

Cost of items including domestic shipping – $64.02
International shipping: $31.00
Grand total: $95.02

Estimated Weight :2.24 Kg
Actual Weight :2.02 Kg

The frustrating part is that I went .02 kg over the limit making me pay this much more. If they did not include those dumb hangers, I would have paid a lot less in shipping.

Overall, it is a bit expensive, but I really think it is well worth it considering the quality of them items you are getting.

Verdict

I really love the items themselves. I rated EVERYTHING 5/5 strawberries. And the prices aren’t too bad.

I want to love Gmarket because of that, but they’re making it soooooooo hard with the long loading times.

If I were to compare it with Taobao, I love Gmarket so much more. The only reason I would continue to buy from Taobao is to get styles I cannot normally get on Gmarket. There’s loads of knock offs of lolita/gyaru brands on Taobao which I also cannot get on Taobao.

But I think Gmarket stuff is so much more legit fashionable.

I want to love you, Gmarket. Can you improve so that we can continue our awesome relationship together? Or shall I pull an ultimatum?

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6 Comments

  1. kaki
    Posted March 27, 2013 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    I thought the eyeliners are fountain pens, OOPS.

    and

    I always thought Gmarket has something to do with GD.. :aseru:

    I would prefer Gmarket over taobao base on this review…the quality is SO MUCH better!! But the shipping is killing everything :heartbreak:

    Until the day I want to buy a lot, I shall stay with forever 21 … :P

    • strawberryjam
      Posted March 29, 2013 at 9:14 am | Permalink

      Nothing wrong with F21! I just made an order here too! :bear: They were having a big sale!

      I will send an email to Gmarket and ask if airmail is possible! If so, that will help a lot! :heart:

  2. kaki
    Posted March 27, 2013 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    btw – The website load quite fast for me, but I am using Google chrome..which don’t make any difference since you can’t order with chrome , right?

    sorry for spamming >_<

    • strawberryjam
      Posted March 29, 2013 at 9:12 am | Permalink

      Does it? It’s not fair! My internet is quite slow, but it’s very noticeable with Gmarket. :heartbreak: I’ve tried Chrome as well and it is about the same for me.. :heartbreak:
      And I use other browsers for loading my cart. But when you pay, you have to use Internet Explorer.

  3. Bella
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    Hello. I tried ordering in Gmarket, I am from UAE. Did you experience any delay in shipment before since mine was stuck in
    In Worldwide Shipping Process – [Departure]Departure from outward office of exchange – for 4 days now. Customer service of Gmarket is non-existent and not answering any of my emails. Tried contacting EMS too with no avail.

    • strawberryjam
      Posted April 26, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

      Hi Bella! Thanks for your comment. I’m sorry to hear your package has been stuck on that status.
      I think it could be likely the tracking did not update? I have had that problem before. The tracking did not update, but it had actually left the country of origin! But generally, my packages often arrived in a week or less.
      Also, how did you contact customer support at Gmarket? I emailed global@corp.gmarket.co.kr and they responded within 24 hours.
      I hope that helps!

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