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  • Mezoti97
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    • April 14, 2011, 03:02:50 pm
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9680 on: April 10, 2019, 07:56:05 am »
Yeah. Debit cards Iíve replaced over the counter. Credit cards have come by courier

Same -- I always just go to the bank in person to get a new debit card issued whenever my old one is within a month of expiring. My Korean credit card always comes in the mail (although I do have to go to the bank in person to request a new one be reissued whenever it's about to expire, as they won't automatically reissue/send one to me, unfortunately); I have it sent to my workplace address and the person who works at the front desk signs for it and then gives it to me.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9681 on: April 10, 2019, 08:06:03 am »
I thought only Gmarket had this issue, but it seems a problem with every Korean online market/shop I've dealt with.

I tried ordering some music equipment off Coupang, paid the cash and was told it would ship within 2 days. 4 days later, no activity. I send a message, no reply. After 8 days, I get told it's out of stock! Pissed that I wasted 8 days for a reply to tell me it's out of stock, I decide to try Buzzbee.co.kr, a dedicated music instrument marketplace. They have a pretty awesome selection and each product has a detailed video review. I endured exactly the same ordeal with them, order, wait, no reply, week later get a message saying it's out of stock.

WTF would you list items which are out of stock!? Urgh, guess I've got no choice but to drag my ass all the way to Seoul to buy my bass.

Try Freebud, Schoolmusic, or Musicforce. I've bought from them, and they're usually pretty good about marking items as out of stock. Musicforce is especially good about it (they usually don't even display an item on the site if they don't have it in stock), but they also cater mostly to boutique stuff, so unless you're after a high-end bass, the other options might be better, haha.

Yeah, I'm guitarist not a bassist, and I'm not looking for a Fodera or a Stuart Zender signature, just looking for something decent for studio recording so I'm going for the Yamaha TRBX304.  I'll check the the other 2, thanks.


  • Mister Tim
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    • September 08, 2013, 10:33:54 am
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9682 on: April 10, 2019, 08:43:25 am »
I thought only Gmarket had this issue, but it seems a problem with every Korean online market/shop I've dealt with.

I tried ordering some music equipment off Coupang, paid the cash and was told it would ship within 2 days. 4 days later, no activity. I send a message, no reply. After 8 days, I get told it's out of stock! Pissed that I wasted 8 days for a reply to tell me it's out of stock, I decide to try Buzzbee.co.kr, a dedicated music instrument marketplace. They have a pretty awesome selection and each product has a detailed video review. I endured exactly the same ordeal with them, order, wait, no reply, week later get a message saying it's out of stock.

WTF would you list items which are out of stock!? Urgh, guess I've got no choice but to drag my ass all the way to Seoul to buy my bass.

Try Freebud, Schoolmusic, or Musicforce. I've bought from them, and they're usually pretty good about marking items as out of stock. Musicforce is especially good about it (they usually don't even display an item on the site if they don't have it in stock), but they also cater mostly to boutique stuff, so unless you're after a high-end bass, the other options might be better, haha.

Yeah, I'm guitarist not a bassist, and I'm not looking for a Fodera or a Stuart Zender signature, just looking for something decent for studio recording so I'm going for the Yamaha TRBX304.  I'll check the the other 2, thanks.

Out of stock on Freebud, but...

http://www.schoolmusic.co.kr/Shop/index.php3?var=Good&Good_no=38920&version=pc


If it's out of stock, they haven't marked it as such yet.

EDIT: Just realized that's the 5, not the 4. I'd get the 5 instead anyway if I were to only have one bass, especially for recording purposes.
« Last Edit: April 10, 2019, 09:43:49 am by Mister Tim »


  • sbk
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    • March 22, 2016, 02:44:47 pm
    • seoul
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9683 on: April 10, 2019, 10:41:08 am »
I thought only Gmarket had this issue, but it seems a problem with every Korean online market/shop I've dealt with.

I tried ordering some music equipment off Coupang, paid the cash and was told it would ship within 2 days. 4 days later, no activity. I send a message, no reply. After 8 days, I get told it's out of stock! Pissed that I wasted 8 days for a reply to tell me it's out of stock, I decide to try Buzzbee.co.kr, a dedicated music instrument marketplace. They have a pretty awesome selection and each product has a detailed video review. I endured exactly the same ordeal with them, order, wait, no reply, week later get a message saying it's out of stock.

WTF would you list items which are out of stock!? Urgh, guess I've got no choice but to drag my ass all the way to Seoul to buy my bass.

Try Freebud, Schoolmusic, or Musicforce. I've bought from them, and they're usually pretty good about marking items as out of stock. Musicforce is especially good about it (they usually don't even display an item on the site if they don't have it in stock), but they also cater mostly to boutique stuff, so unless you're after a high-end bass, the other options might be better, haha.

Yeah, I'm guitarist not a bassist, and I'm not looking for a Fodera or a Stuart Zender signature, just looking for something decent for studio recording so I'm going for the Yamaha TRBX304.  I'll check the the other 2, thanks.

Out of stock on Freebud, but...

http://www.schoolmusic.co.kr/Shop/index.php3?var=Good&Good_no=38920&version=pc


If it's out of stock, they haven't marked it as such yet.

EDIT: Just realized that's the 5, not the 4. I'd get the 5 instead anyway if I were to only have one bass, especially for recording purposes.

How did you go navigating through the Korean website in Korean and also adding a credit card and address info to your account? I managed to create an account on school music but as yet have not managed to go much further with Credit cards and other info. My wife usually handles all the internet shopping for me but i don't always want to ask her to do everything for me. I am looking for drumsticks and other drum products. I have found the things i want but have not proceeded to the point of putting up credit card info and addresses. Seems a bit difficult for the first time. I haven't done it before.


  • JNM
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    • January 19, 2015, 10:16:48 am
    • Seoul, South Korea
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9684 on: April 10, 2019, 10:49:18 am »
I thought only Gmarket had this issue, but it seems a problem with every Korean online market/shop I've dealt with.

I tried ordering some music equipment off Coupang, paid the cash and was told it would ship within 2 days. 4 days later, no activity. I send a message, no reply. After 8 days, I get told it's out of stock! Pissed that I wasted 8 days for a reply to tell me it's out of stock, I decide to try Buzzbee.co.kr, a dedicated music instrument marketplace. They have a pretty awesome selection and each product has a detailed video review. I endured exactly the same ordeal with them, order, wait, no reply, week later get a message saying it's out of stock.

WTF would you list items which are out of stock!? Urgh, guess I've got no choice but to drag my ass all the way to Seoul to buy my bass.

Try Freebud, Schoolmusic, or Musicforce. I've bought from them, and they're usually pretty good about marking items as out of stock. Musicforce is especially good about it (they usually don't even display an item on the site if they don't have it in stock), but they also cater mostly to boutique stuff, so unless you're after a high-end bass, the other options might be better, haha.

Yeah, I'm guitarist not a bassist, and I'm not looking for a Fodera or a Stuart Zender signature, just looking for something decent for studio recording so I'm going for the Yamaha TRBX304.  I'll check the the other 2, thanks.

Out of stock on Freebud, but...

http://www.schoolmusic.co.kr/Shop/index.php3?var=Good&Good_no=38920&version=pc


If it's out of stock, they haven't marked it as such yet.

EDIT: Just realized that's the 5, not the 4. I'd get the 5 instead anyway if I were to only have one bass, especially for recording purposes.

How did you go navigating through the Korean website in Korean and also adding a credit card and address info to your account? I managed to create an account on school music but as yet have not managed to go much further with Credit cards and other info. My wife usually handles all the internet shopping for me but i don't always want to ask her to do everything for me. I am looking for drumsticks and other drum products. I have found the things i want but have not proceeded to the point of putting up credit card info and addresses. Seems a bit difficult for the first time. I haven't done it before.

Often you need to verify with a certificate or a phone app.


  • Mister Tim
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    • September 08, 2013, 10:33:54 am
    • SK
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9685 on: April 10, 2019, 11:35:21 am »
How did you go navigating through the Korean website in Korean and also adding a credit card and address info to your account? I managed to create an account on school music but as yet have not managed to go much further with Credit cards and other info. My wife usually handles all the internet shopping for me but i don't always want to ask her to do everything for me. I am looking for drumsticks and other drum products. I have found the things i want but have not proceeded to the point of putting up credit card info and addresses. Seems a bit difficult for the first time. I haven't done it before.

I didn't, haha. You don't need an account for freebud, and you might not need one for schoolmusic, either. The site tries to steer you towards creating one, but there's generally an option to go to checkout without an account.

That aside, I've gotten a coteacher to help me each time I've bought something online. I can navigate the sections of the site easily enough, but I haven't actually gone through the checkout process on my own.
« Last Edit: April 10, 2019, 11:51:07 am by Mister Tim »


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9686 on: April 10, 2019, 11:46:29 am »
Also, I'm not sure about Freebud, but Schoolmusic uses Naver Pay, so you don't have to mess with any extra apps or anything, and Naver Pay takes about 2 minutes to set up, so you shouldn't have any difficulty.


  • JVPrice
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    • August 29, 2017, 10:26:13 am
    • Tampa, FL
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9687 on: April 10, 2019, 12:04:21 pm »
"There's a picnic for teachers next week! Wanna go?"

A picnic? Sounds better than the usual 회식... I'm in!

*Fast forward to today*

"Today is the picnic. We are going mountain hiking!"

 :huh: :huh:
The World Ends With You


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9688 on: April 10, 2019, 12:16:57 pm »
How did you go navigating through the Korean website in Korean and also adding a credit card and address info to your account? I managed to create an account on school music but as yet have not managed to go much further with Credit cards and other info. My wife usually handles all the internet shopping for me but i don't always want to ask her to do everything for me. I am looking for drumsticks and other drum products. I have found the things i want but have not proceeded to the point of putting up credit card info and addresses. Seems a bit difficult for the first time. I haven't done it before.

I didn't, haha. You don't need an account for freebud, and you might not need one for schoolmusic, either. The site tries to steer you towards buying one, but there's generally an option to go to checkout without an account.

That aside, I've gotten a coteacher to help me each time I've bought something online. I can navigate the sections of the site easily enough, but I haven't actually gone through the checkout process on my own.

It's always been annoying, though I rarely buy music gear on online domestic stores. My last domestic purchase was my AXE FX 3, there was absolutely no way of getting that shipped internationally, Fractal Audio wouldn't even ship it to a forwarding address in the states. I wasn't prepared to spend that type of money without a warranty either, so I got it here.

Aside from IE, I've discovered 2 main obstacles when setting up accounts on Korean stores and/or checking out.

1 - The payment methods vary and aside from bank transfers, NaverPay seems to be used most. NaverPay is essentially a ripoff
     of PayPal. You have to register an account on Naver. I haven't had luck with credit cards, so I just use bank transfer.

2 - Inputting your address is a royal pain. Usually, most sites wont give you the option of simply typing out your address, even in
     Hangul. You'll have to open a popup to select your province, then your city. Then, you click on the 2nd tab and find your
     building/street, by inputting your postal code... it can be a very long list of places to scroll through. This doesn't always work
     and you'll have to use trial and error to figure out the correct combination. It took me 2-3hrs to order my Axe Fx. Use CTRL+F
     and input your building code/postal code to speed it up.

UPDATE
I got a message from buzzbee.co.kr saying they'll be getting new stock tomorrow.

@Mr Tim
I considered the 5-string, but settled on the 4. I don't think I'll need the extended range of a 5 for the music I play. A 4 string  demands more maneuvering across the neck, which is what I want, as I'm trying to keep guitar habits out of bass technique. If I need another octave, I've got the Digitech Drop pedal, I highly recommend this pedal for people like me who DETEST constantly de-tuning guitars.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9689 on: April 10, 2019, 01:12:20 pm »


Aside from IE, I've discovered 2 main obstacles when setting up accounts on Korean stores and/or checking out.

1 - The payment methods vary and aside from bank transfers, NaverPay seems to be used most. NaverPay is essentially a ripoff
     of PayPal. You have to register an account on Naver. I haven't had luck with credit cards, so I just use bank transfer.

2 - Inputting your address is a royal pain. Usually, most sites wont give you the option of simply typing out your address, even in
     Hangul. You'll have to open a popup to select your province, then your city. Then, you click on the 2nd tab and find your
     building/street, by inputting your postal code... it can be a very long list of places to scroll through. This doesn't always work
     and you'll have to use trial and error to figure out the correct combination. It took me 2-3hrs to order my Axe Fx. Use CTRL+F
     and input your building code/postal code to speed it up.




Naver Pay is actually pretty great once you get it set up, though. And like, setting it up only takes a couple minutes if you've already got a Naver account, which I'm pretty sure anybody who's been here for more than a year or so already does. It's basically exactly the same as Smile Pay. It just saves your card and all your addresses and then whenever you want to check out, all you have to do is punch in whatever your pin was, and it's like one-click shopping for any shop that accepts Naver Pay - which is almost all of them.

A good tip for putting your address into sites is a) Naver Pay saves your address so you only ever have to do it once, and b) if you're having difficulty, just punch your address into Naver search it'll spit it out in the exact, acceptable format. That way you don't have to mess with any trial and error, and you'll save a lot of time. That sounds like it would've been really frustrating to spend a couple hours messing with trying to get the address right.


  • Mister Tim
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    • September 08, 2013, 10:33:54 am
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9690 on: April 10, 2019, 01:21:56 pm »

@Mr Tim
I considered the 5-string, but settled on the 4. I don't think I'll need the extended range of a 5 for the music I play. A 4 string  demands more maneuvering across the neck, which is what I want, as I'm trying to keep guitar habits out of bass technique. If I need another octave, I've got the Digitech Drop pedal, I highly recommend this pedal for people like me who DETEST constantly de-tuning guitars.

It's my distaste for constant de-and-re-tuning that leads me to suggest a fiver as a general use bass. I wouldn't want to use a drop tuning pedal if I wanted to play a song in Eb or drop D when I could just play those notes on the B string of a fiver. Don't get me wrong, I have a couple fours (and a sixer, haha), but when it came time to spec out the bespoke all-rounder utility bass I ordered, I went with five. Even if I very rarely have need of the lower notes, it's nice to have them if I ever do. I only gig the fours if I'm playing a setlist that I know won't need anything lower than E. Heck, even then it can be nice to have the lower notes, to add some flavor to fills.


  • Mister Tim
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    • September 08, 2013, 10:33:54 am
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9691 on: April 10, 2019, 01:29:03 pm »
setting it up only takes a couple minutes if you've already got a Naver account, which I'm pretty sure anybody who's been here for more than a year or so already does.

I've been here since 2012 and I don't have one, haha.


  • Mister Tim
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    • September 08, 2013, 10:33:54 am
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9692 on: April 10, 2019, 01:42:47 pm »
Got my new card. I had to leave in the middle of a class to go to the admin office to get it, because not only did they need to see my ARC or passport, there was paperwork I had to sign in five goddamned times. Now I have the card, and I tried to go to the Hanacard site to get info in English (all the paperwork it came with is in Korean, naturally). It being a site related to Korean banking, I of course had to make sure I have four different Korean security programs installed on my computer. I only have three of the four installed already, but when I clicked on the fourth to DL/install it...

404 Error.


Brb. Seppuku.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9693 on: April 10, 2019, 02:00:10 pm »
setting it up only takes a couple minutes if you've already got a Naver account, which I'm pretty sure anybody who's been here for more than a year or so already does.

I've been here since 2012 and I don't have one, haha.

Got my new card. I had to leave in the middle of a class to go to the admin office to get it, because not only did they need to see my ARC or passport, there was paperwork I had to sign in five goddamned times. Now I have the card, and I tried to go to the Hanacard site to get info in English (all the paperwork it came with is in Korean, naturally). It being a site related to Korean banking, I of course had to make sure I have four different Korean security programs installed on my computer. I only have three of the four installed already, but when I clicked on the fourth to DL/install it...

404 Error.


Brb. Seppuku.

What kind of card is it? Did you just sign up for a new type of credit card?


  • Mister Tim
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    • September 08, 2013, 10:33:54 am
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9694 on: April 10, 2019, 02:12:47 pm »
It's just a plain ol' check card. It isn't anything new, it's just a replacement for a check card that's expiring this month. I don't have a Korean credit card, and I'm in no particular hurry to get one.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9695 on: April 10, 2019, 02:16:31 pm »
It's just a plain ol' check card. It isn't anything new, it's just a replacement for a check card that's expiring this month. I don't have a Korean credit card, and I'm in no particular hurry to get one.

Ah - you said you were trying to get info on your card, so I figured you'd gotten something new and wanted to check out the benefits.

Also, Korean credit cards are great. I save about 30,000 won per month from my two cards, for absolutely zero effort. It's basically free money.


  • Mister Tim
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    • September 08, 2013, 10:33:54 am
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9696 on: April 10, 2019, 02:22:00 pm »

Ah - you said you were trying to get info on your card, so I figured you'd gotten something new and wanted to check out the benefits.


I wanted info about the daily and monthly spending limits, since the way I was reading the stuff that came with the card made it seem like the limit on this card is lower than it was on the previous card. Turns out it's actually higher, I was just reading the numbers wrong because I somehow still manage to **** up 만 vs 천 sometimes, haha.

I also needed to activate the card, which I hoped to do online because the phone number they gave doesn't have an English option, but that 404 Error screwed up that plan. Luckily my CoT is a helpful sort, so he helped me do it over the phone.


  • Kayos
  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • March 31, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9697 on: April 11, 2019, 09:14:21 am »


Aside from IE, I've discovered 2 main obstacles when setting up accounts on Korean stores and/or checking out.

1 - The payment methods vary and aside from bank transfers, NaverPay seems to be used most. NaverPay is essentially a ripoff
     of PayPal. You have to register an account on Naver. I haven't had luck with credit cards, so I just use bank transfer.

2 - Inputting your address is a royal pain. Usually, most sites wont give you the option of simply typing out your address, even in
     Hangul. You'll have to open a popup to select your province, then your city. Then, you click on the 2nd tab and find your
     building/street, by inputting your postal code... it can be a very long list of places to scroll through. This doesn't always work
     and you'll have to use trial and error to figure out the correct combination. It took me 2-3hrs to order my Axe Fx. Use CTRL+F
     and input your building code/postal code to speed it up.




Naver Pay is actually pretty great once you get it set up, though. And like, setting it up only takes a couple minutes if you've already got a Naver account, which I'm pretty sure anybody who's been here for more than a year or so already does. It's basically exactly the same as Smile Pay. It just saves your card and all your addresses and then whenever you want to check out, all you have to do is punch in whatever your pin was, and it's like one-click shopping for any shop that accepts Naver Pay - which is almost all of them.

A good tip for putting your address into sites is a) Naver Pay saves your address so you only ever have to do it once, and b) if you're having difficulty, just punch your address into Naver search it'll spit it out in the exact, acceptable format. That way you don't have to mess with any trial and error, and you'll save a lot of time. That sounds like it would've been really frustrating to spend a couple hours messing with trying to get the address right.

I've been here 2.5 years, and don't have a naver account. :p


  • OnNut81
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    • April 01, 2011, 03:01:41 pm
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9698 on: April 11, 2019, 09:23:07 am »
I think basedcowboy knows most people don't have a naver account.  It's just his passive aggressive way of trying to be condescending.  I've been here years and don't have one, don't know a single person that has one, and have no intention of getting one.  I get along just fine.  And don't give him an in to start going off on his various credit card points and benefits.  People can just search the topic instead of listening to him try and gloat about saving 30k a month whenever he can sashay the topic over to his cc benefits scheming. 


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9699 on: April 11, 2019, 10:07:28 am »
Left my first bad review for a Kakao Taxi driver.

**** that guy.