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How to Order from Gmarket in 2017

Online shopping is getting more and more popular all over the world. This is especially true in Korea where many do most of their shopping from the comfort of their homes so they can spend more time having fun in Seoul or fun in other parts of Korea. If you’re living in Korea and haven’t ordered done any online shopping yet then you’re missing out on a big part of the convenience of living here! We understand though, since most Korean online shopping sites are only in Korean, it can be quite intimidating. Never fear! With this guide we’ll show you how to order from one of the largest sites in Korea — Gmarket.

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What is Gmarket?

Gmarket is the leading shopping mall website in Korea. Almost anything you can think of—appliances, food, furniture, car accessories, cosmetics, and clothing—can be ordered through Gmarket. There are Korean, English, and Chinese versions of the site, and products can be shipped all around the world. Gmarket was acquired by eBay in 2009.

Gmarket Korea

Gmarket’s Korean site is geared toward Koreans ordering within Korea. It’s the main site, and generally has the best selection and pricing. If you are able to search in Korean on this version of the site, you’ll be able to find the largest number of items. This site does not accept foreign credit cards as payment.

Gmarket Global

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Gmarket Shipping Regions
Source: Gmarket

Gmarket’s global sites are in both English and Chinese. Products can be shipped worldwide to over 80 countries. Shipping will vary based on weight and the area that the product is being shipped to. Searching on the global sites might not bring up as many results as the Korean version, so it’s good to search in Korean on the Korean site first and then order that item from one of the global sites.

Do I Need to Know Korean?

Short answer: You do not need to know Korean to order from Gmarket. It has an English site that doesn’t require you to learn Korean.

Complete answer: Knowing Korean when ordering from Gmarket isn’t critical, but it makes a big difference. This is especially true if you live in Korea. 

Here are the top five reasons why knowing Korean will make your Gmarket shopping life better:

  1. More search options
  2. Can instruct delivery person
  3. Read product descriptions
  4. Avoid having to ask for help
  5. Feel at home in Korea

Knowing Korean will allow you to search using Gmarket’s Korean site. This will give you more search results, and you can still use the English site to order them.

If you live in Korea, speaking at least basic Korean will help with deliveries. You will be able to instruct the delivery person what to do with your package. This is extremely helpful if you’re working during the day and there is nobody home to accept the package.

Most Gmarket product pages are written in Korean. Even if you search using the English site, the product descriptions are all in Korean. That means that if you are ordering a cell phone charger, you’ll need to be able to read the page to make sure it matches what kind of phone you have.

Also, the item selectors are usually in Korean as well. Are you ordering the entire cell phone charger, or just the USB portion? Or do you need a charging cradle as well? The English site is of little help if you can’t choose the item you want.

GmarketPhoneCharger

English Gmarket Site With Korean Descriptions

Many people dread asking for help from other Koreans all the time. It takes extra work and can become burdensome. As a result, they end up doing things on their own the hard way.

If you’ve ordered from Gmarket in Korea before, then you know how great life is once you get in the groove. You can eliminate having to go to the supermarket all together!

Most importantly, you can feel comfortable living in Korea. Knowing how to do basic things for yourself makes a huge difference. It makes Korea feel less like a foreign land and more like home.

To order in Korean knowledge of Hangeul, the Korean alphabet, is extremely helpful. If you don’t know it, you can learn the Korean alphabet in less than 90 minutes for free.

Ordering Like a Pro

One thing you may notice when ordering from Gmarket is that the search results can vary depending on which version of the site you use.

If you want to order like a pro on Gmarket, the best way to do it is to find the item on the Korean site first. You don’t need to know Korean to do it, but it helps!

The trick is to find out what the Korean vocabulary word is for the item you want. Let’s say you want to order a pair of bear socks. Everyone loves a nice pair of bear socks!

Head over to Naver dictionary and type in the word socks in the dictionary. You’ll see something like this:

NaverDictionarySearch

Search for “socks” in Naver Dictionary

Highlight and copy the word in Korean:

NaverDictionarySocks

Copy “양말” from Naver Dictionary

Then paste it into the search box in Gmarket.

SocksGmarketSearch

Paste “양말” in Gmarket Search Box

Press the search button, and “voila!”, animal socks galore!

GmarketAnimalSocks

Animal Socks Search Victory!

Note: It may be possible that the Korean word you found in Naver isn’t the word commonly used to search for your item. In that case, go back to Naver and try using a similar word and search again.

For those of you who love to use Gmarket to practice your Korean, you can move forward and place your order right here.

If you’re not confident about how to order in Korean, then you can simply save this to your “Wish List”. Follow these simple steps.

First, click on the item to see the product detail page.

Click on the button marked “관심상품” (“Wish List”).

WishList

Save to “Wish List”

A drop down menu will appear. Click on “저장” (“save”).

Save

Save to “Wish List”

A message will appear confirming that it’s saved.

Saved

Successfully saved!

Now click on the English version of the site at the top of the page.

Next, click on “Wish List”.

EnglishWishList

Click on “Wish List”

Your animal socks are waiting at the top of your “Wish List” page!

WishListMain

Wish List Success!

From here, you can order from the English version of the website.

Using Foreign Credit Cards and Paypal

A common question that comes up is:

“Can I use a foreign credit card for Gmarket?”

The answer is “Yes!”

It’s not always that obvious for how to order, however. You must be on the global site in order to use a foreign credit card.

If you are on the Korean site, you cannot use a foreign credit card. Notice below that it gives you options for payments coming from Korea, such as a Korean credit card.

KoreanSite

Korean Site Payment Options

However, it is possible to find the same exact product and order it off of the global site. Below is the same product, except with more payment options. Foreign credit cards and Paypal are added to the list.

EnglishSite

English Site Payment Options

The challenge is that sometimes it’s hard to find the same product on the English site. The Korean site generally shows more options, especially if you do your search in Korean.

A workaround for this is to first find the item on the Korean site. Make sure you are logged into your account, and select the item you are looking for. At the top of the page below the picture of the item, you’ll see a button that says, “관심상품,” which means the items you’re interested in (“Wish List”). Click that button.

WishList

Click on “Wish List”

A menu will drop down, with the option to click “저장,” which means save. Click that button.

SaveToWishList

Save to the “Wish List”

The item is now saved in your “Wish List”.

SavedToWishList

“Wish List” Success!

Now click on the English version of the site, and click on “Wish List” in the top right.

WishListEnglish

Click on “Wish List”

The first item on the list is what you just saved from the Korean site. Click on it, and now you can order the item from the English site. This will give you more payment options, including foreign credit cards and Paypal.

What do you think of Gmarket? Have you placed any orders from Korea recently? Let us know what your favorite items to shop online for are in the comments below! 


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  • annerean 15

    Is there an interest if I pay using credit card? Thank you

    • I’m not sure, you may want to contact them directly and let them know what kind of credit card you will be using. ^^

  • Lee Pei Shan

    May I know need how long for the seller to ship the parcel to malaysia?

  • Melody

    I’m in the USA and want to purchase from the global site by PayPal. However, it says this (see picture, red text). Is it still possible to pay by PayPal or will I have to use a credit card? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2433a177dd870a0adc1c44478706e176e2acc7173b03c0e0833d0c1ead8c5ee6.png

    • Hi Melody, thanks for the comment! I’m not sure about that. We don’t have any information on that, so you might want to contact the GMarket customer support. ^^

      • I’m having the same issue since a couple of weeks! I’ve ordered on Gmarket for 2 years locally in Korea with PayPal but since a couple of weeks ago, it doesn’t work anymore 🙁

        • Sorry to hear that! We hope you can get it solved. ^^

  • Ryn

    Can I order something without signing in?

    • Hi Ryn,

      It might depend on the particular seller on Gmarket, but that’s a question for Gmarket customer support. ^^;

  • Meraki

    Hello!

    I have been trying to check out on this site:http://www.fromgirls.co.kr/
    It does recognize overseas shipping but I keep getting stuck here …

    https://ibb.co/kEqeVF

    Help -_-

    • Hi Meraki! The image you posted is asking for your payment card company. The first and last options are 현대카드 and 삼성카드 which are cards unique to Korea. The middle dropdown box should have the card companies you’re more familiar with like 비자 (Visa) or 마스터 카드 (MasterCard). ^^

      • Meraki

        Thanks you so much for the reply (much love and appreciation!)
        but I don’t think the options list includes visa or MasterCard:

        https://ibb.co/bWxiAF
        https://ibb.co/eyKKja
        https://ibb.co/mg6zja

        • Those are a list of different banks and companies in Korea. If your credit card wasn’t issued in Korea you may not be able to use it on this site. Your best bet is to contact that websites support and see if there are alternative payment options.

  • Travis

    Idk if this website is still answering questions but whenever after I enter my credit card and try to order, it instantly gets cancelled after I click “View and modify my order”

    • Hi Travis, we only offer a guide for getting through Gmarket’s checkout process. If you’re having trouble completing a transaction with them you should contact Gmarket support.

    • Raine Jin Park

      i have the same problem. how did you solve this problem?

      • Travis

        I ended up using sister’s credit card because I was group ordering, but I think you can contact your bank by calling them or going up to them in person and tell them about your buy from gmarket. I discovered after I bought it that they were pending payments in my card that never went through so I only assume that contacting your bank is the only thing you can do to allow you to use your card. Sorry for the bad explanation but I hope it helps with the simplicity of the last sentence. I suck at explaining lol