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How to Use Gmarket

November 19, 2014

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Look everyone! It’s a good old fashion tutorial! But with fancier technology…oooohhhh screen capturing! We just got this program and it’s been really fun playing with it because I can seriously turn my mouse pointer in a floating Spudgy. I actually did that but decided it would be way too distracting for you guise…haha. In retrospect, I made this a lot harder for myself than I needed to because I could have voiced over over my screen sharing while I was recording it, but instead I recorded it separately via the camera and then matched up the audio to my screen recording. Stupid move Martina. BUT that’s okay since I learned from that mistake I didn’t do the same thing for our App Tutorial video. Enough nerdy tech talk!

Let’s all agree that Korean shopping can seem really overwhelming what with all the flashing lights and the seemingly neverending scrolling. I hope this tutorial will help you get a better handle on it and give you some tips and tricks.

Here’s what I’m going to go over:

1) understanding the vertical never-ending scroll layout of the Korean online shopping world
2) understanding Korean clothing sizes VS foreign sizes (Free Size? Plus Size, 100?)
3) how to add things to your cart when there are multiple colour or size options)
4) how to apply coupon codes (discounts oh yah)
5) my trick for how to remember your choices
6) understanding the serious importance of buying adorable clothing for you pets

Since I’m going over all those tips in the actual video, I wanted to chat a little bit about online shopping life in Korea. Okay, so way waaaaaay back in the day when we first started our WTF segments we bought our stuff from a bunch of different places, our favourite spots being DAISO a cheap $1-$5 store from Japan filled with cute Engrishy glory, local drugstores for weird cosmetic finds (like Olive Young & Watsons), and also strange and awesome toys from Gmarket. People who are unfamiliar with Gmarket keep thinking that Gmarket is the name of a store but it’s actually the name of a platform exactly like eBay, Etsy, or Amazon. You buy stuff from different sellers, you rate them, you fish around for better prices. You need to know this if you want to battle the insanity of Gmarket shopping because you can find the same sweater four times at all slightly different prices.

So although we don’t always mention where we get our things from, Gmarket has been a pretty constant part of our shopping life in Korea. We got our table, chairs, mattress, guest mattress, Spudgy crate, clothing, and more. Online shopping is a very normal part of life in Korea because the delivery is so freakin’ quick due to Korea’s small size. Luckily for you guise, Gmarket has improved SO MUCH MORE than when I first started using it. When I first started using it my Korean was a lot worse and it didn’t have any English options so it was just a real struggle. Also I couldn’t make my own account because my foreign name was too long for the login! I had to shop, take screen shots, copy and paste all links into an email and my awesome Korean friend Seokbok would buy them for me and I’d have to pay her back. Really annoying procedure but necessary when you need adorable clothing…I mean…furniture. Hahahah!

The one big downer I’d say is that Simon pretty much can’t get clothing on Gmarket (or anywhere) because Korea just doesn’t have clothing sizes for his body style. He had a tiny waist but his shoulders are very wide and his biceps are all bulging and Thor-like. Such a biased wife over here. DO YOU EVEN LIFT BRO???!!! Anyhow the point is while size 110 which is “XL” in Korea and would fit a lot of foreign guys, the shirts are always a bit snug or short on Simon. If we find 115 which we RARELY do, it pretty much fits tight but really it’s almost impossible to find. Simon just has a difficult upper body in general. Luckily they so have bigger sizes for girl, in fact the hoodie that I bought in the tutorial is actually the biggest hoodie I have ever got in Korea! I was really surprised because it said it was 115- 120 which I have NEVER seen before but I guess it’s a new thing! YAY! MOR ANIMAL HOODIES!!!! I’ve included my edited version of the Korean size chart so I hope it can help all of you that don’t read Korean but want to get Korean clothing.

Korean Clothing Size Chart

Anyhoo, I hope this helped out a bit and wasn’t too boring. Let me know your experiences with online shopping and any tips and tricks you have for other people! If you liked this tutorial let me know if there is anything else I can do! What about a rice cooker tutorial? Oh yeah! Use that Korean rice cooker…

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  1. This was pretty helpful. I keep hearing that I can get things through Gmarket but it was always overwhelming just to browse let alone shop. Anyway! Thanks for sharing!

    Also…you have fanfiction.net as a bookmark. I approve.

    5 years ago
  2. you need to get a pic with meemers inside the pocket!!!

    5 years ago
  3. Does G-Market ship to all international countries? And is shipping free? Thank you :)

    5 years ago
  4. So…I got excited about shopping on gmarket for clothes and totally tried to click on the internet window in the youtube video to open another tab… -FAIL-
    Thank you for the tutorial! This will come in handy, and you might’ve unleashed a shopping monster…LOL

    5 years ago
  5. While I know I’m a bit off topic, since Martina talked about Engrish on a piece of clothing in this vid, I was wondering if anyone from the French speaker community in here now a french word for really bad french translation or usage. I’ve been wondering about that for a really long time now and since there’s more and more Korean shirt with really really bad French on it, if there’s not any word for it, we shoul create one.

    5 years ago
  6. So I totally have that cactus hoodie lol….
    And I paid way more for it (went to a specialty big size store in Itaewon)…
    But it’s super cute. Sleeves are too short and small (i’m 180cm) but it’s awesome.
    I’ll have to check out gmarket. I don’t trust the sizes on there usually… but maybe I should.. lol

    5 years ago
  7. Is it pretty easy to get things from Gmarket delivered to the US?

    5 years ago
    • Yes. You just need to be sure the item you want has the “worlwide shipping” annotation. They make a approximate shipping price from the approximated weight of your parckage (+ worlwide shipping of course). If it turns out less than what they estimated, they give you back what you’ve paid extra with a coupon.

      5 years ago
  8. What program are you using for screen recording? I need to buy one and I just can’t choose one. HALP MEH.

    P.S sending LOOOVE from Lithuania, you guys are awesomeeee

    5 years ago
  9. I need to get onto my Gmarket account right now and buy the same hoodie as Martina! Too bad shipping for any online shopping to Australia is ridiculously expensive :(

    5 years ago
  10. Do a pet fashion show with the Meems and Spudgy sporting their new outfits :)

    5 years ago
  11. Please READ THIS!

    I totally found a blog that has a chart explaining sizes better if anyones interested, i love this tldr bur i felt i need more of an explaination.

    Heres the link:

    http://blog.korea.net/?p=3740

    5 years ago
  12. Was kind of expecting to see Meemers in the pocket at the end there.

    5 years ago
  13. I live in Australia. I feel so sad saying this, …………your internet is so fast!!! (T_T)

    5 years ago
    • Ha! Yes, Korean sites load lightning fast in Korea. Other sites from around the world are a bit throttled at times, but still at a decent speed :D

      5 years ago
  14. This is a legitimate but probably very dumb question! >_< I'm a bit confused by some of the measurements…it will say it's in cm, but it's the teeniest of tiny. Is this just measuring the width across, rather than what it would be all the way around?

    5 years ago
  15. This was a super awesome video! I have actually attempted to order from Gmarket twice now, but abandoned ship both times because I got so confused. And mind you, I consider myself to be a pretty seasoned online shopper. Back in the day I used to order tons of things off of ebay because it was the only place I could find old, vintage clothing and uber cute Asian fashion. The one problem I found with ebay was the sizing. I learned not to order anything too form fitting because they never fit perfectly. There were several times I would be yelling through my bedroom door, “Yeah, mom. They fit perfectly!” while trying to wedge me foot into a shoe or shimmy into a tiny dress. My mom wasn’t the biggest fan of my ebay obsession since there were no returns.

    Anyway, after this video I feel pumped and I’m going to give Gmarket another try! Third times the charm, right? Right…? Thanks so much for all the information! :)

    5 years ago
    • Since living in Korea I do a lot of online shopping since I can’t find my sizes. I love Etsy for all my vintage clothing HOWEVER paypal recently started acting weird and won’t let me ship to Korea since my billing address is in Canada…whhhhhyyyyyyyyyy. I don’t know why. I will say the vintage stores are big on exact measurements so as long as you measure yourself truthfully and while in your undergarments, I find everything fits perfectly! Try Etsy!!!! :D

      5 years ago
  16. Wow thank you so much for the TL;DR! I’ve been wanting to purchase stuff from Gmarket but I always got lost on how to work everything out. ;w;

    5 years ago
  17. This is awesome Martina!! I’ve been trying to use Gmarket to buy Korean cosmetics and struggling to get my head around it – you’re the best!

    5 years ago
  18. Hey Simon and Martina, I was wondering if you could do a TL;DR about censorship in Korea? Things relating to violence, along with revealing things like male nipples or even armpit hair seem to be things they’re much more strict about then what I’m used to seeing and I was wondering about what kind of rules they have about what is shown or even just mentioned on TV over there and/or why.

    PS. I’ve only just started watching your videos and have been incredibly addicted to them nowadays! You guys are so funny and awesome, you’ve got yourself a new fan!

    5 years ago
  19. wht measurement do they use in? cm? n can this be used int eh use n shipped here?

    5 years ago
  20. KK

    *Doing the dinosaur typing style* Ermergerd~ That hoodie is so pretty to you~ <3 And your the prettiest woman i have ever seen~ <3 Fighting and do well~ <3 I hope your cafe will still be there until year 2030 bcoz i'm only a child, so i gotta wait some years before i can travel. Do weeeell~ Bye from meee~ <3

    5 years ago
  21. Guys, If you ever make a habit of tutorials, I got a name for them:
    Teach It To (the) Subscribers. I know, it’s not perfect but I couldn’t help myself ^^
    Thank you for the tutorial!<3

    5 years ago
  22. But you need to know the colors in Korean to choose the color.

    Martina, can you put Meemers in that pocket?

    5 years ago
  23. I want to know about the return policy? 14 days, 30 days?

    I already found out about shipping, and it’s so expensive, but is there like a certain amount you can buy and get Free shipping?

    5 years ago
  24. OMG that was a really cool video tutorial! I really like that you showed what you got at the end (and the technologyyyy!). I can now imagine myself huddled in the corner in fluffy pajamas while scrolling through Gmarket for days.

    Their shipping seems to be pretty reasonable too, considering all the stuff you bought ^_^

    5 years ago
  25. Omg, I can finally buy things from Gmarket!!! I been wanting to order stuff from Gmarket but couldn’t really figure out how. Sooo… THANK YOU!!! The only downside is that the shipping costs almost doubles my total payment. Also, when selecting the item color, How do I know which colour I’m choosing? Can’t read Koran. I guess I would have to use Google Translate. Anyways, the video overall was very useful. You guys are awesome! :D

    5 years ago
  26. The Gmarket website style is similar to Yesstyle’s. The sizing is always confusing but I find it best to measure yourself. I remember buying a mickey hoodie for a friend and the biggest size they had was XL. It was actually like a size medium. So be careful when choosing your size!

    5 years ago
  27. Really great tutorial, thank you!! I’m still confused on clothing sizes, though. If I’m usually a size Medium in the U.S., would my “korean” size be an XXL? Or an XL? Or, on the chart you provided, would I actually be the M(66)? Sorry, this might sound confusing! I’m not quite sure how to word this. If anyone can help, I’d appreciate it :)

    5 years ago
  28. omg :o

    did you just order $1439.54 worth of doggy sweaters!?!?!

    5 years ago
    • Hahaha, no. She had a bunch of stuff in there for ( presumably ) EYK as a business. She briefly said what it was but didn’t stop and show it.

      5 years ago
  29. I’m still not sure with the way of paying do they give their account number to send money to ?

    5 years ago
  30. I wonder if they ship abroad, like, France :3 That might be a silly question, but if it really doesn’t work, I would look dumb x)
    I’ll have a look at the website, hope they have nice things. The only yhing I don’t like about online shopping, especially for clothing, it’s that you can try. And if by example the sweatshirt you bought doesn’t fityou, how do you do ?? Buying looks easy, but how do you send back ?
    As for the coupon, can you click on de discount only if you’re allowed, orcan you just ask for discounts on every items where it’s proposed ?

    5 years ago
    • O, I just checked the website, and YES they do ship worldwide ! Great !

      5 years ago
  31. This was very useful thank you. And Martina i love your wallpaper i have the same one :P. just love that pic of loki *.*

    5 years ago
  32. Martina, this is so useful, thank you! I wanted to order something from GMarket last year, but couldn’t figure out the tutorials online. Now I’m seeing the little mistakes I made, and even how to order things. I thank you, my wallet does not ^^

    5 years ago
  33. hi! , i live in latin america, specific in el salvador (central america) so my question is , can i shop in gmarket or is not possible that they can send stuff here? help pleaseeeeee … sorry for my weird english :p

    5 years ago
    • I just checked and they do in fact deliver to El Salvador :) but the delivery will probably be a lot longer….I also live in Latin America (brazil) and when I buy stuff online from like AliExpress it can take up to 6 months to get here, I’m assuming gmarket will be the same since those stores are also based in korea/china

      5 years ago
  34. I ordered those ramen cup games from gmarket recently and it was my first experience with the site. Just to let others know so they don’t suffer the same confusion I did, if you are ordering from outside Korea, your bank my possibly deny the transaction as an attempt to protect you from fraud. I got an email from Gmarket saying my transaction was canceled but it didn’t list any reason why. Luckily my boyfriend always buys things from Japan, so when I mentioned the issue to him, he let me know what happened. In the end, I had to call my bank and let them know that the transaction was purposeful and that when I tried again to order it, they let it go through. To avoid this, you could probably call your bank before the order and let them know that you plan on making purchases from a foreign website so your bank account doesn’t get flagged.

    5 years ago
    • This is good advice. A lot of banks and credit card companies are being very vigilant looking for unusual activity on accounts (which is a good thing!) Last year they stopped a transaction on my account because it was for an Italian clothing website. My bank knew right away that there was no way my stingy ass was shopping for high end Italian fashion. I was really glad they were so on top of it.

      5 years ago
  35. Omg! I love your sweater, Martina! SO CUTE!!! <3

    5 years ago
  36. I really needed this tutorial! I’ve tried to order stuff from Gmarket but I never got the hang of it :D time to spend all of my moneyyyys

    5 years ago
  37. Wow! I don’t even use GMarket and that was very useful. I think that, despite the long-way-edit on the video, it did turn out very nice. It’s cool that everything looks so cheap there, but are the sellers all reliable? How do you tell? What would be considered a “good” rating?

    I know that you’ve coloured your hair since this video, but how do you get the bangs to do that cool feathered-in pink look, is your colour part at an angle? Both hot pink and frosty pink are awesome, but the frosty pink really brings out your eye colour nicely.

    That Korean Won, always make you look like such a big spender – LOL!

    Cyber_3 – digging out of 3 ft of snow from one day, is it winter already? T_T

    5 years ago
  38. Do the ship to other countries? Or just to Korea?

    5 years ago
    • *they

      Or is it dependent on seller?

      5 years ago
      • DD

        Hi I’m in America and interrupting you about the shipping issue for other countries.It seems like there is a selector for searching the availability for international shipping. In my case, most of food wasn’t available but clothing and products were generally OK.

        5 years ago
  39. Now I can but that USB cup-warmer with ease! :)

    5 years ago