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The Muse’s Honest Opinion About GMarket

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I wanted to address G-Market today in a post since I get many, many, many e-mails asking me about it, have I ever used it, what’s it like, how do I use it, etc….

Instead of the hassle of going through 200 or more e-mails on the topic I thought a post would be appropriate in answering the questions I get daily about it.

I’ve been collecting Korean Cosmetics for about a two years, possibly a year and a half, unsure exactly when I started. I get asked daily where I get my Korean makeup and the answer is I have a friend who lives in Seoul (the largest city and capital of South Korean) who ships me over random items that I ask her to purchase for me.

I have not seen anyone else aside from E-bay and Gmarket who sell Korean Cosmetics. I haven’t really seen many stores in Manhattan either that carry Korean makeup but maybe I am looking in the wrong locations. If I do come across a shop that carry the lines they are normally very out of date items.

If you live within a heavily populated Asian community you my be lucky enough to have a few Japanese, Korean, Chinese specialty shops that carry cosmetics from abroad.

If you’re unfamiliar with Gmarket allow me to briefly explain.

Gmarket is much like E-bay however instead of bidding on items you are purchasing them out right for buy it now prices. All items are priced extremely low and as close to retail as anything I’ve seen on the Internet and many popular brands I’ve discussed at Musings such as Etude House, Banila Co, VOV, etc…can be located at retail prices on Gmarket.

Even though Gmarket prices are amazing I have some rants about the service which is why I do not recommend using it unless you have a ton of cash to spare.

I’ve tried Gmarket twice and have noticed a few problems with the service and they are as follows:

Virtually no Customer Service at all.

During my first order I had some confusion of whether the funds I sent over actually went through so I decided to shoot over an inquiry about my order. This was 3 months ago and still they have not replied. Lucky enough the order arrived safely but having my money hang out in limbo while no one replies stinks.

No English speaking reps or members.

I don’t believe anyone that works for Gmarket or anyone who is a registered member that is selling speaks in English. I’ve successfully contacted a seller when asking a question only to receive a reply in Korean. This wasn’t a problem as I had someone translate it for me however if you’re virtually clueless about the Korean language this can be frustrating. This leads me to believe that the reps that work at Gmarket, run Gmarket, Etc…do not speak English either. Although Gmarket has a English sub-site I don’t believe anyone technically speaks English.

Shipping Prices are obscene at first glance!

Now shipping via Gmarket is fairly reasonable however as you add items into your cart from other sellers or even one particular seller the price goes up and up and up and up! This figure is a set estimate and you’ll later receive a credit on the shipping amount however it’s ridiculous having to set out $40, $60, or more dollars when you have 8-10 items in your cart! As mentioned you do get a credit however that credit is not put back into your Paypal account it’s set as G-Cash for spending on Gmarket. If you so choose you can transfer it back to Paypal but it won’t be worth it as they deduct a considerable amount in fees to do this!

Shipping, Paypal, and Other Woes….

Gmarket ships fairly quickly however the interface on Gmarket has a huge learning curve and I don’t think, after using it twice so far for orders, I even understand how it works! Figuring out where my money is, where my order is, when it shipped, how to track it, etc…is like brain surgery! The site isn’t user friendly in my opinion! Now when paying via Paypal can be quite a bit of a nail biting experience as waiting for the funds to go through, etc…makes me slightly nervous as my Paypal sits in limbo for 2-3 days. On top of this waiting for your credit back, for shipping, takes a fair few days. I just get a tad bit nervous when my money is sitting around and not doing anything!

All in all I currently avoid Gmarket like the plague and do all my Korean Cosmetics via CP purchases from my friend. If I can’t get items from her I tend to look around E-bay and see what pops up cheap! I don’t recommend using Gmarket if you get antsy about your money the way I do. I also don’t recommend it because of the silly estimated shipping fee problem!

The Muse suggests asking around MUA or on Asian based Forums for a CP. Be friendly, make a friend, and I’m positive they’ll be happy to help you get what you need from Korea! Don’t forget to offer to return the favor!

Hope this answers all your questions about Gmarket!

If you have further questions, ask away in comment field!

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Busy Being Sick

Hey guys!

Hope everyone is having a nice, long holiday weekend! Sadly, I’ve been sick since yesterday so it’s mostly rest and relaxing for me!

Last week I had the flu shot and I can only assume that’s where I ended up picking up this bad case of sneezing, sore throat, stuffy head, and other bits I have going on right now!

Sigh!

I have a ton of comments to get through and I’m slowly replying to them all! I don’t have any new posts planned for today but I promise to be back in fighting form tomorrow with brand new release info, reviews, and tons of other goodies!

Talk soon!

xoxo
-a sick Muse

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Twitter with the Muse

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Hey guys!

I’m a tad bit busy today but I definately have some great posts for you coming shortly!

I just wanted to take a second out to invite you to come and Twitter with me, it’s probably the best way to grab my ear and attention considering what a terrible mess my inbox is (If I owe anyone a reply I apoligize but it’s really hard for me to get through all my email lately! Do forgive me!)!

I’m also trying out my hand at a bit of mobile blogging tonight when I hit the road to peek at the new MAC collections so keep your eyes on Twitter to see updates!

You can find me here.

Looking forward to talking to all of you soon!

Cheers!

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September ‘s Beauty Ideal Edited by the Muse

I was the guest editor for the September issue of The Beauty Ideal this month. I was pretty excited to get this month’s issue together and since I’m such a big lover of autumn I happily themed my issue accordingly!

I worked with some great bloggers and friends to put together a really fun issue. This month’s issue features a ton of great ideas for Fall beauty including tutorials, a video, and tons of great cosmetics to great you ready for the upcoming cooler weather!

I hope you’ll have a look at this month’s Beauty Ideal and tell me what you think! It sure was fun putting it together!

Special thanks to all those bloggers who participated and made the issue a sincerely great one!

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New Features @ Musings of a Muse

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Hey pretty ladies (and guys),

I wanted to let you know of a few new features on Musings if you haven’t already noticed ‘em!

Towards the left hand column of my blog I’ve added a translation device for translating pages into your native language. Just click your country flag and any entry with be translated!

Nifty right? I felt this was particular useful for the many hits I get from China and Europe. Hopefully you’ll find it useful!

Above that you’ll notice a “Sale” graphic. Click this and it’ll bring you to my sale page. At the moment it’s kinda small but it’ll get larger soon! All items on the sale page are items I purchased with my own money. I ship International as well! Many people asked me about selling items and I never considered it but I decided why not!

On the right hand side of the column you’ll see a link that says “Feeling Lucky?” when clicked this will magically transport you to a random blog post or review! Kinda a fun way to add a little variety into your Musing experience!

And finally above my header I now have a Home, About, E-mail, Press, Link, Other Locations, and Disclaimer button.

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The Home button will take you back to the first page of my blog when you’ve become entangled deep into my blog and can’t find the 1st page just click it! The About section is obviously about your dear Muse, Click E-mail to E-mail me (Warning: I take ages to reply since Musings generates a gazillion e-mails daily!), Press is an obvious one, Link Love has all the links I visit and love, Where the Muse Resides or Other Locations has places that you’ll find me when I’m not hanging out here, and finally a Disclaimer button warning you against the hazards of listening to what I say hehe.

That’s about everything!

I hope these new features will make you experience at Musings an easier, happy one! If there is something I can do to make your reading experience here more pleasing do tell me!

Thanks for visiting daily!

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