List

Top Places To Buy K-Pop Merchandise Online

By  | 

Not long ago it used to be quite difficult, and often even more expensive, to purchase K-pop albums and general merchandise for the international online community.

During those days, the selection and variety of available goods were hit and miss. And, sometimes, even sketchy at best. In the last decade or so, however, sellers and online companies have stepped their game up and have become more reliable with not only their customer service and shipping rates, but also their overall selections and quality of their goods. To the point that the K-pop community now has a veritable smorgasbord of options for their online purchases.

We have done our homework. Using real world transactions, orders, and testing to determine which online sites are not only well organized and reliable, but also fairly priced and easy to use. So, whether it is to pre-order your favorite group’s new album, grabbing a few old releases not yet in your collection, restocking your favorite Korean beauty products, or the sudden need to buy a cute pair of earrings or a fluffy new plushy for the pile already on your bed, these places will have you covered.

Note: Each company is rated based on the following criteria: Variety of merchandise offered, Official vs Unofficial brand availability, Average costs, chart ranking certified, customer service, shipping rates and policies, and ease of use. List is in no particular order. Price comparison is averaged and based on a scale of Low to High. All other modifiers based on grading scale A through F.


download

Yesasia

Type: Official
Variety: A+
Average Cost: Low – Medium
Gaon/Hanteo Certified: Yes
Pre-Order Availability: Yes
Customer Service Grade: A
Shipping Cost Grade: B+
Shipping Condition Grade: B-
Shipping Time Grade: B+
Ease of Use: A+
Purchase Medium: Major Credit Cards, Paypal
Discounts/Sales/Specials Offered: Often

Sample Selection: New Releases, Older Albums, DVDs (Region: Various), K-Drama Box Sets/OSTs, Korean Anime/Manwha, Tees, Calendars, Light Sticks, Towels, Photo/Concert Books, Accessories, Jewelry, Cultural Goods, Mobile Phone Accessories, Stationary, Stickers, Plushies and Toys.

 

thumb
Kpoptown

Type: Official
Variety: A+
Average Cost: Low – Medium
Gaon/Hanteo Certified: Yes
Pre-Order Availability: Yes
Customer Service Grade: A
Shipping Cost Grade: B+
Shipping Condition Grade: A
Shipping Time Grade: A-
Ease of Use: A-
Purchase Medium: Paypal
Discounts/Sales/Specials Offered: Often

Sample Selection: New Releases, Older Albums, DVDs, K-Drama Box Sets/OSTs, Posters, Cosmetics (such as Innisfree, Missha, The Face Shop, Tony Moly, and Etude House,) Accessories, Official/Unofficial Jewelry, Light sticks, Tees, Tour Souvenirs, Plushies, Food, and Fashion.

 

kpopmart-a-sm
Kpopmart

Type: Official/Unofficial
Variety: B+
Average Cost: Low
Gaon/Hanteo Certified: Yes
Pre-Order Availability: No
Customer Service Grade: B
Shipping Cost Grade: B
Shipping Condition Grade: B
Shipping Time Grade: B-
Ease of Use: A-
Purchase Medium: Major Credit Cards, Paypal
Discounts/Sales/Specials Offered: Occasionally

Sample Selection: New Releases, Older Albums, DVDs, Tour Box Sets, Official Posters, Magazines, Picnic Sets, Stationary, Pins, Badges, Buttons, Light Sticks, Tumblers, Jewelry, Pouches, Bags, Tees, Fashion, Key rings, Fans, Cell Phone Accessories, Calendars, Hats, and Cosmetics (Multiple Brands.)

 

gmarket-squarelogo-1457425044732
Gmarket

Type: Official/Unofficial
Variety: A++
Average Cost: Low – High
Gaon/Hanteo Certified: Yes
Pre-Order Availability: Yes
Customer Service Grade: A
Shipping Cost Grade: A
Shipping Condition Grade: A
Shipping Time Grade: A-
Ease of Use: B+
Purchase Medium: Major Credit Cards, Paypal
Discounts/Sales/Specials Offered: Many; Often.
Language Options: English, Chinese, Korean

Sample Selection: New Releases, Older Albums (Great place to find early 2000’s Releases,) DVD’s, Box Sets, K-Drama & K-Movie DVD/OSTs, Apparel, K-fashion, Fashion Accessories, Posters, Stationary, Stickers, Pencil Cases, Phone Accessories, Light Sticks, Buttons, Pins, Badges, Gadgets, Cosmetics (major brands to the more obscure,) Skin Care, Jewelry,  Household Items, Arts & Crafts, Magazines, Manwha, and Food.

Note: GMarket; the Korean equivalent of Ebay; acquired by Ebay, Inc. in 2009; offers a huge selection of Korean goods -Kpop related and not, and is a conglomeration of different sellers. Prices, goods, services, offers, payment methods and available delivery areas/fees will vary within its competitive market. NOT ALL sellers upload item pages in alternate site languages. Some great deals can be found in the Korean-Only language listings if you take the time to look. Research is key when trying to find the best deal.

catchopcd-1413647078
Catchopcd

Type: Official
Variety: A
Average Cost: Low – Medium
Gaon/Hanteo Certified: Yes
Pre-Order Availability: No
Customer Service Grade: B
Shipping Cost Grade: B
Shipping Condition Grade: A
Shipping Time Grade: B+
Ease of Use: B+
Purchase Medium: Major Credit Cards, Paypal
Discounts/Sales/Specials Offered: Occasionally

Sample Selection: New Releases, Some Older Albums, DVDs, OSTs

logo
Kpopplus

Type: Official/Unofficial
Variety: A
Average Cost: Low – Medium
Gaon/Hanteo Certified: Yes
Pre-Order Availability: Yes
Customer Service Grade: B
Shipping Cost Grade: B
Shipping Condition Grade: B+
Shipping Time Grade: B+
Ease of Use: A
Purchase Medium: Major Credit Cards, Paypal
Discounts/Sales/Specials Offered: Sometimes

Sample Selection: New Releases, Older Albums, DVDs, K-Drama Box Sets, OSTs, Light Sticks, Magazines, Posters, Photo Cards, Calendars, Concert Goods, Mobile Accessories, Stationary, Umbrellas, Hoodies, Tees, Bags, Hats, Socks, Fashion Accessories, Pins, Buttons, Mugs, Water Bottles/Tumblers, Dolls/Plushies, and Cosmetics.


how-i-feel-everytime-i-see-a-anime-merchandise_o_753573

For even more varieties and sites with easy access, we also suggest you check out online stores like Amazon, Ebay, and Etsy. While, for the most part, album sales from these sites do not always count towards Gaon/Hanteo Charts, you can find good deals on albums and even better deals on older and out-of-print albums.

Official merchandise can be found on both Amazon and Ebay regularly while most of Etsy’s K-pop merchandises are unofficial or fan-handmade.

 

You must be logged in to post a comment Login