November 19, 2014
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.
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…