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  • Sagi Keun
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Useless gifts
« on: February 18, 2022, 10:45:17 pm »

So what are the top 3 most frequently given unwanted gifts in Korea?

(Not that I'm complaining. People are generous. It's just that a lot of freebies handed out are not actually to my taste.


1. Spam.  Does anyone actually eat this in the 21st century?

2.  Bacchus.  If I wanted a load of fizzy sugar and energy I'd buy a coke.

3. Yakult Yogurt. Doesn't taste like decent yogurt, I can't believe women make a living selling them on carts.


  • Mr C
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Re: Useless gifts
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2022, 10:54:59 pm »
So what are the top 3 most frequently given unwanted gifts in Korea?

(Not that I'm complaining. People are generous. It's just that a lot of freebies handed out are not actually to my taste.


1. Spam.  Does anyone actually eat this in the 21st century?


You're kidding, right?  Spam racks up about USD one billion in sales each month around the world, the vast majority of which is not in overpriced Chuseok gift sets. 


  • Savant
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Re: Useless gifts
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2022, 11:13:41 pm »
My holiday spam sets will prove their worth after the zombie apocalypse when food will be scarce.


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Re: Useless gifts
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2022, 11:17:08 pm »
A past survey of Koreans found that socks were the most unwanted gift.


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Re: Useless gifts
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2022, 11:55:52 pm »
My cats will not touch spam.

Every other kind of meat they have chomped down on.

I gave the remaining spam cans of the gift box (i had received) to a Korean co-worker who was so full of "thank you"s.
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  • Sagi Keun
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Re: Useless gifts
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2022, 02:52:13 am »
Spam is great! There are always half a dozen cans in the cupboard.

# Spam sandwiches with tomato sauce.
# Spam and cheese sandwiches.
# Fried spam and eggs.
# Spam and pineapple pizza.
# Spam, egg, tomato, and onion pie.

Are you serious?

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Processed meat is generally considered unhealthy.

It has been linked with diseases like cancer and heart disease in numerous studies.

There is no doubt that processed meat contains many harmful chemicals that are not present in fresh meat.

Though Spam is convenient, easy to use and has a long shelf-life, it’s also very high in fat, calories and sodium and low in important nutrients, such as protein, vitamins and minerals.

Additionally, it’s highly processed and contains preservatives like sodium nitrite that may cause several adverse health effects.

Therefore, it’s best to minimize your intake of Spam.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/is-spam-healthy#bottom-line


Re: Useless gifts
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2022, 07:09:03 am »
Don't give any cats any canned anything. The amount of sodium in the food is really, really bad for them.


  • Savant
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Re: Useless gifts
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2022, 12:08:02 pm »
With spam, I like to dip it in egg batter and then fry it. Dollops of ketchup and it tastes alright.


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Re: Useless gifts
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2022, 12:24:45 pm »
Yeah Sagi, I do like spam. I also like sausages, salami, ham, and bacon...and the list goes on. But! I don't eat processed food of any kind, on a daily or regular bases any more. Still like it though!

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The taste of spam reminds me of Luncheon meats we used to eat in sandwiches and with salads. I think in America 'Bolonga' is a similar thing. The butcher would slice a pound or two off a big roll, or you could buy small rolls at the supermarket. I've never seen it here. Maybe in Seoul somewhere?

If you want to avoid the deli scene, Korea is a great place to be.
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Re: Useless gifts
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2022, 12:51:58 pm »
So what are the top 3 most frequently given unwanted gifts in Korea?

(Not that I'm complaining. People are generous. It's just that a lot of freebies handed out are not actually to my taste.


1. Spam.  Does anyone actually eat this in the 21st century?

2.  Bacchus.  If I wanted a load of fizzy sugar and energy I'd buy a coke.

3. Yakult Yogurt. Doesn't taste like decent yogurt, I can't believe women make a living selling them on carts.

My Korean mother in-law has just stocked up on that Yakult for the week!
These Yakult women are making a good living selling this to the elderly house wives all over the country.

I don’t think this was ever meant to be yogurt, it’s just some sort of sweet probiotic drink.
« Last Edit: February 19, 2022, 12:53:58 pm by HiddenInKorea »


  • Sagi Keun
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Re: Useless gifts
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2022, 09:46:59 pm »
I also tried a bit of spam with the local street cats, and it sat for days on my flat roof. It did eventually disappear. So, yeah, I think CO2 is right...too much sodium.

Probably the ants eventually had it.

If its OK for the ants, then its fine for you? High standards you got there Kurt.


Re: Useless gifts
« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2022, 10:02:51 am »
1. Spam.  Does anyone actually eat this in the 21st century?

2.  Bacchus.  If I wanted a load of fizzy sugar and energy I'd buy a coke.

3. Yakult Yogurt. Doesn't taste like decent yogurt, I can't believe women make a living selling them on carts.
I think Bacchus has taurine in it, so substantially different from Coke.

As others have said, the yogurt drink is more of a health drink than a cup of yogurt.


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Re: Useless gifts
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2022, 10:38:23 am »
Although I do like spam and grew up eating it because my grandfather really liked it.......and I have a ton at home....I don't ever eat it because it's so high in fat and sodium like you all have said.

For me the useless gifts include:

shampoo sets cause the smell generally gives me headches......would be useful to others though
not that they are useless, but just annoying to me...vitamins....I absolutely do not need a 2 year supply of vitamin c
desk calendars for every company imaginable.....I only need 1


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Re: Useless gifts
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2022, 11:49:09 am »
I like Spam and now you can get several different kinds. It's expensive too!


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Re: Useless gifts
« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2022, 02:26:34 pm »
Most gifts between adults are useless.

If I want/need something, I will buy it.

“Thinking of you” gifts… flowers, chocolate… rude t-shirts, are not really useful other than getting the recipient to smile.




  • Mr C
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Re: Useless gifts
« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2022, 02:34:45 pm »
Most gifts between adults are useless.

If I want/need something, I will buy it.

“Thinking of you” gifts… flowers, chocolate… rude t-shirts, are not really useful other than getting the recipient to smile.


I'll gladly take any chocolate you can't use.


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Re: Useless gifts
« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2022, 09:39:15 am »
I wouldn't call any gift that can be regifted "useless".
Around the big Korean holidays I always feel a bit like a dealer moving product.

"Alright. There's 2 boxes of this that we gotta move, and it cant be in this particular social circle because the original donor has contacts there and it might get back to them. The rest we drop off there, but it's gonna be quick because we don't have enough space in our fridge for it all, and if it spoils, its street value is gonna plummet. Also, if you tell anybody that we're giving all this away, we're gonna have to contract out some hits..."


Re: Useless gifts
« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2022, 11:16:36 am »
Spam is great! There are always half a dozen cans in the cupboard.

# Spam sandwiches with tomato sauce.
# Spam and cheese sandwiches.
# Fried spam and eggs.
# Spam and pineapple pizza.
# Spam, egg, tomato, and onion pie.




Re: Useless gifts
« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2022, 01:32:21 pm »
Most gifts between adults are useless.
What are you talking about? The engraved D20 I got as a gift was plenty useful in defending our world from Takhsis and the Draconians.


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Re: Useless gifts
« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2022, 01:47:01 pm »
The engraved D20 I got as a gift was plenty useful in defending our world from Takhsis and the Draconians.