Tuesday, March 31, 2015

201302308 Dooseok Lee / How to buy overseas goods by yourself / Thursday 1-3pm

How to buy overseas goods by yourself


Recently, buying goods directly from overseas is a small trend in Korea. This has many good advantages. You can get overseas products which are hard to find in Korea, or you can buy things at a very cheap price compared to Korea. However, many people go through hardships in purchasing from abroad because of complicated procedures and language issues. Therefore, they use services located in Korea that do all these complicated procedures for you, but additional fees are required for using them. Are these additional fees really worth its price? Are they really necessary? Is buying things from abroad really complicated as some people think? The answer is absolutely not. As soon as you read tips and simple steps I'm going to write, you will be able to easily buy overseas goods by yourself in no time.


To start, you need to be set with what product you are going to buy. There are two ways how to locate the product you want to buy. The first one is when you have the exact product name or a model name of what you are going to purchase. Then you can search the name through google, eBay, or Amazon. Next, you can choose the website after thoroughly comparing prices and shipping dates. The second way is to find the product in shopping websites. For example, if the product you want to buy is clothing, asos.com is famous for it. If shoes are what you are looking for, finishline.com is the site to look for. Then you can enter those websites and choose the product at your taste.


Once you have decided what product to buy, and also where to buy it, the purchasing process awaits. This is the process that most people think as the most difficult and tiresome. However it is not as difficult as it seems. Unlike purchasing from Korean websites, you can only pay by visa credit card or Paypal when using overseas websites. If you do not have a Visa card, you can easily register through Paypal.com which provides the Korean version website.


After you have completed your payment, the next thing you should be concerned is putting in shipping address. When you are putting in your address in foreign websites, you must not put it in address in Korean, but English version of Korean address. You can easily search 'English address' at naver.com and then you can get your address in English version.


Besides the a bit complicated procedure, buying goods overseas has a few more things you should be concerned about. You should be aware that delivery time is about five times longer than that of Korean. Also, before you make your payment, you have to be also aware that you could pay duty tax if the amount of your total payment is 200$ or higher. You can pay the duty after the product has been delivered to Incheon Airport. The customs will inform you the amount of duty fee you need to pay. To make the purchasing procedure simple, I personally suggest buying under 200$.


The whole process might seem quite not simple, but considering the positive aspects that buying overseas have, the cheap price and rare goods, I'm sure it is really worth it. Also, once if you get used to the process, you will be handle it like you have done it in Korean website. Welcome to the world of buying overseas!


1 comment:

  1. Glad to see your interesting essay! I really enjoyed your essay because I’ve had trouble in buying overseas. I think the thesis statement, ‘As soon as you read tips and simple steps I'm going to write, you will be able to easily buy overseas goods by yourself in no time.’ has clear point of what you were writing in your essay. Every flaws of process in the body paragraph are straightforward and brilliant to the point. I think it is well organized and could be very useful to oversea buyers. The detailed explanation was good. Thanks you!