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My first Gmarket Global order 
7th-Mar-2011 08:05 pm
Despite the rave reviews from other bloggers, I have been intimidated by the general lack of English on Gmarket Global (and the sellers) to use the shopping platform. But after moving to Australia, I've discovered a shortage of coordinated group orders for Brisbane - a flourishing community and movement back in Singapore that maximises international shipping costs and bulk discounts.

So with the encouragement of friends, I decided to suck it up and have a go at shopping on Gmarket Global portal.

It took me a week of trawling through the hundreds of Gmarket sellers to decide what I wanted, cuz there is just so much choice! But as a first order, I tried to keep it to basics that I will need for the chillier weather we'll be expecting on the southern hemisphere. So here's what my order included:

Unfortunately my order isn't perfect. The arygle stockings I ordered were green, but the supplier (undress) sent black and red. Not a big deal since it would match my wardrobe, but I had ordered the green to switch things up a bit. Also the sparkle stockings are a little tight, so be weary of the dreaded 'free size'.

What made me happiest is this jacket from 시크라인 (29800 KW or AUD$26.02) and the shoes from 프리토 (32900 KW or AUD$28.73). They were the most expensive items in the order and the most likely to disappoint due to sizing issues. Yet they are perfect! I can button the jacket front without my chest looking like it's about to explode and I've walked all day in those shoes without a blister.

Overall, I'm stoked by the items. The quality of everything is really decent. There is a bit of guesswork involved in working out what measurements relate to which part of the body in Korean, so I am thrilled it's all worked out.

Shipping has also been a breeze. Everyone swears by EMS and it is worth every penny. Here's this order's timeline for anyone curious about how long it takes to ship from Korea to Australia.

Order Timeline
  • 25 Feb 2011 (21:21) Confirmed and ordered via GMarket Korea English portal
  • 26 Feb 2011 Items started shipping domestically
  • 2 Mar 2011 (16:30) All items shipped and received by the GMarket Korea warehouse
  • 3 Mar 2011 (16:30) Order shipped to Australia
  • 4 Mar 2011 (06:32) Departure from INTERNATIONAL POST OFFICE
  • 4 Mar 2011 (17:17) Handed over to Air carrier (INCHEON)
  • 4 Mar 2011 (17:47) Received by Air carrier (INCHEON)
  • 4 Mar 2011 (19:10) Departure from Airport (INCHEON)
  • 5 Mar 2011 (07:01) Arrival at Destination Airport (SYDNEY)
  • 5 Mar 2011 (08:11) Delivered to Destination Airport (SYDNEY)
  • 6 Mar 2011 (10:09) Arrival at inward office of exchange (BRISBANE)
  • 6 Mar 2011 (10:09) Handed over to Customs and awaiting clearance for delivery
  • 6 Mar 2011 (17:32) Departure from inward office of exchange
  • 7 Mar 2011 (05:18) Processed at facility
  • 7 Mar 2011 (05:51) Transferred to local post shop
  • 7 Mar 2011 (08:07) Final delivery and pick up

If there's interest, I'll put up a tutorial on how to shop internationally on GMarket (or at least how I did it).

In the meantime, time to do more Gmarket shopping!
7th-Mar-2011 11:43 am (UTC)
Nice haul! Much faster than Taobao.
7th-Mar-2011 12:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I hadn't expected it so quickly, given shipping to Australia usually takes forever. I'm already planning the next order!
7th-Mar-2011 02:21 pm (UTC) - Tutorial
Ok. Great! I really needed this information. And Yes do the tutorial....
8th-Mar-2011 12:33 am (UTC) - Re: Tutorial
No problem and glad it helps!
I'll put together a tutorial based on my order from this week. Stay tuned!
7th-Mar-2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
So awesome!! Jacket looks great on you!

I'm also trying to order from Gmarket, though I'm having difficulty loading their images lol. It would be really helpful if you put up a tutorial =D
8th-Mar-2011 12:35 am (UTC)
Thanks! It's not as thick as I expected it to be, so would be good for chilly (not cold) weather or over-zealous air-conditioned environment.

Yah, their images can be a bit of a pain. I'll make noted about them in the tutorial.
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