Wed. Oct 23rd, 2019

Cheap K-Pop Merchandise – where to find and all the tips you need

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K-Pop has been growing so much throughout the past few years, and they are already famous worldwide. As time passes by, more new people are becoming interested in Korean music, and that can be overwhelming with so many groups, artists, music shows and even products online.

In some cases, you can find moderately cheap prices, but sometimes they have an exorbitant price. By reading this, you can find trustworthy and cheap online shops where you can buy t-shirts, hoodies and even their BT21 merchandise.

Amazon – everything you need

Amazon may be the biggest online shop ever, where you can find ANYTHING you can think about and K-Pop merchandise is no exception. You can find from official products to fan merchandise, like masks, fan-made t-shirts or hoodies, literally everything you can think about.

Another important point to take into account is their customer service. As Amazon is so big, any small problem could actually cause them big troubles, so they take good care of all their customers. Reading online, people who file complaints about the products they bought online for whatever reasons, they will mostly get an answer from Amazon, trying to find the best solution possible.

In my opinion, customer service may be the most important part when deciding where to buy online, because some websites won’t neither refund your purchase nor try to solve the situation.

I highly recommend Amazon to anyone who lives in a country where Amazon’s shipping is available. In some cases, just like me, they don’t ship all their products to my country, and if they do, the shipping may be too expensive.

AliExpress

AliExpress is considered like the Chinese Amazon. You can get anything from here and for a very good price. There are some comments that other specific K-Pop shops resell what they buy from AliExpress. Because of this, I will suggest you to buy it directly from AliExpress rather than pay double for it somewhere else.

The range of products is really wide, they sell from albums to clothes and also unofficial merchandise. So, if you are looking for authenticity, then AliExpress is not for you. But if you would like having similar clothes like your idol, then you can find it here!

However, I have to warn you to be careful here. I know that the shipping will take some time for some specific countries, so you need to be patient for your product to arrive. And also check the reviews!

E bay

E bay is another one of the most biggest online shops in the world, where you can get anything and sell anything you want from so many places all over the world. What I like most about E bay is fans selling their own made merchandise, which is unique and special.

On the other hand, that is its advantage as well. ANYONE can sell there, you may be skeptical about buying in E-bay, because you are afraid of being scammed. One way to avoid this is checking the reviews and how many units of the products they have sold.

YesAsia

Yesasia may be one of the best options for those who are worried about shipping. This online shop has free international shipping for purchases over US$39, which is it’s their greatest advantage.

However, this is not the only online shop that includes this benefit among all the one I am going to mention in this article. When choosing a shop online, what I mostly check is the reviews they get and their customer service.

Aesthentials

This online shop could not be considered a K-Pop Merchandise shop. Aesthentials sell a wide variety of clothes which are not directly related to K-Pop. However, they do have a section for K-Pop Merch section. ThIs includes clothes idols have wore, unofficial merchandise, such as rings, earrings, necklaces and masks, that includes a band’s name or something related to them.

The website has a review section where you can see people’s opinion about the service So Aesthetic provided them and they are all 5 five star reviews.

This kind of things seems a little suspicious to me, so I decided to check somewhere else on the Internet, but there weren’t so many reviews out there, but a few, which were quite bad. These reviews highly recommended people to not buy here, but didn’t give much information why.

Besides that, I would also like to remark that it isn’t very cheap either. Just so you can notice, you can buy a mouth mask in Amazon for US$2 or $4, but not more than $7. In Aesthentials, they sell it for $9.99, so you should know there are cheaper alternatives than Aesthentials.

Another thing to consider is that they also have free shipping. However, according to their refund policy, they don’tissue refunds once the order is in the PROCESS OF CREATION or SHIPPED unless you contact them very quickly. I can confirm that. I once wanted to buy SUGA’s sweater but then regret it. In one occassion, I sent them an email the next day I bought it and they refunded all the money.

The KDom

The KDom is another K-Pop shop for unofficial merchandise. If you were looking for a group’s CDs, lightsticks, you won’t find them here. They mostly sell sweatshirts, t-shirts, shoes, necklaces and phone cases.

However, similar to the previous store, it isn’t really cheap. Just check the following pictures. I compare two very similar sweatshirts from BTS, if not the same one. In the Kdom, it costs $52.25 dollars and when I checked for the price there was some discount and it ends up costing $38.99.

The same sweatshirt in Amazon costs between $14.99 – $18.99.

So, what’s the best?

After going through all these shops, I think if you have never bought from any of these websites, you should try first Amazon. It is the best solution for most people, in my opinion. They have a great customer service, policy refund, and you can also check for legit reviews about the products you want.

My recommendation would be to first try with something not very expensive and see the rating it has and what other people wrote about it. I haven’t personally tried the other websites, but I will make sure to do it in the future, so I can share my experience with you.

Please feel free to share your opinion about these online shops in the comments. Have you ever bought online from any of them? How did it work out for you? If you have bought from other online K-Pop shops, feel welcome to recommend it or share how it was for you.

I hope this helped you find what you needed. If you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them.

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12 thoughts on “Cheap K-Pop Merchandise – where to find and all the tips you need

  1. Have you any example of what K-pop merch you are talking about? Are the same sweat shirts available on different websites? 

    My kids are into K-Pop though I know not a thing. It would be good to know what people are buying and are into. What are the popular groups and merch at the moment?

    It seems there are  host of other online retailers Kpop gear is available from, have you tried Fishpond?

    Regards

    Pete

    1. Hi Peter!
      Thank you for your comment and I would be glad to help you out a bit. 

      The merchandise I write about are physical albums, official and fan-made clothes, like t-shirts, sweatshirts, masks, and also lights, which are very common in the K-Pop sphere and most fans use them to cheer artists during concerts or special events.

      The most popular group at the moment is, by far, BTS. Next you have some other well known groups like BLACKPINK, Stray Kids, Twice and EXO.  I have linked you to my articles about them to learn more every group. 

      I haven’t try Fishpond and I gave it a quick look and it even seems like it is more expensive than buying from Amazon. I searched for some K-Pop related t-shirts and they are all over $30 and there are no reviews for the products.

      Best, 

      Mariana

  2. Thank you for sharing all these great places to get K-Pop merchandise. I am sure people will appreciate that. I do most of my shopping on Amazon so I would probably go there first. I need some new T shirts. 

    Thanks for your article and I will probably be back to your website in the near future! Take care. 

  3. Thanks for the great resources to purchase cheap k-pop merchandise. I will try Ali-Express since I already deal with them for some of my other businesses. Amazon is a good choice too I think. I have some grandchildren in Germany that I am already shopping for the holidays for, and anything k-pop they go nuts for… 

    The k-pop phenomenon had taken off all over the world, and I was surprised but not surprised that they knew of the craze. They like the singers, the trendy stuff that is associated with k-pop, and I cannot go wrong if I get some for Christmas. I will take your suggestion to start off trying with some cheaper items first, that makes sense.

    The AliExpress shops are generally good, I use them for drop shipping business. It does depend on the store and company though, so you have to make sure they have a good rating and are shipping the quantities that indicate they will be able to support what you order (also for quality, the testimonials are helpful). 

    1. Hi Dave!

      Thank you so much for your comment and sharing your thoughts on K-Pop and your experience in AliExpress. I hope this will help other who were considering about buying from AliExpress. 

      Best, 

      Mariana

  4. I actually have just started looking into K-Pop. What I have heard sounds a lot like US 90s music. I have a teen that is slowly dragging me into K-Pop and he has been expressing interest in merch. I will be looking into Amazon and eBay for him.
    I think he likes BlackPink and BTS but I will have to double-check.
    Thank you so much for this information, because I had no clue where to start shopping for this stuff.

    Take care,
    Gwendolyn J

    1. Hi Gwendolyn!

      Thank you for your comment and I am glad I helped you learn more about K-Pop and where to buy merchandise for your teen. You can check my other posts for more information as well. 

      Best, 

      Mariana

  5. Hi Mariana,

    What a great article. I am an Australian with no Korean background, but I am in love with Korean music and especially K pop. I have no experience in purchasing albums from YesAsia, but I know Amazon and eBay do the selling well and they are secure platforms.

    As you suggested, I should try some Asian and Korean websites next time to see if they are any cheaper than Amazon or eBay when purchasing k-pop items?

    Thanks again for the very useful article.

    Cheers.

    1. Hi!
      Thank you for your comment and your question. 

      I think if buying from other Korean shops is cheaper for you, then maybe you should give it a try. But if you are already comfortable buying from Amazon, then I think you should stick with Amazon. Most K-Pop companies have an official selling account there, so you can buy legit albums and official merchandise there.

      If you can’t find the product you want, or you are not sure it is legit, you can try buying from Korean shops. One of these options is YesAsia. If you want to know more about other online shops that sell official merchandise, you can check my other post about where to buy K-Pop merchandise

      Best, 

      Mariana

  6. Interesting article. Thank you for writing. In the past, I have used Amazon and eBay to make purchases online. The only other site I have heard of is AliExpress. I have always been uneasy about using various websites online for the fact of getting a bad product or being charged more than I should have for the products. And especially, not being able to return the product or have a way of getting a refund. I do agree with you, the customer service on Amazon is great. I would even pay slightly more for a product to get the guarantees and service that Amazon provides. Thank you for providing your opinion on the various other sites, and the pros and cons of them. I also agree with you that it is important to read reviews from other customers and to also write them to help others when they are making the decision to buy. Thanks again.

    1. Hi Trevor! 

      Thank you for your comment and sharing about your experiences buying online. I hope other take into consideration what you wrote and consider pay more for getting a better buying experience and guarantee a refund and a good customer service. 

      Best, 

      Mariana

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