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The Drama of My Gmarket Purchase

13 Oct

 

Date Ordered and Paid: September 28

Date Shipped: October 8

Date Delivered: October 11

It was an unsuccessful delivery so I have to get the package from the post office.

Date Received: October 12

This Gmarket purchase is by far the most eventful among my years of shopping online. It started with one of the items in my order sent late. Imagine this, I ordered and paid on the 28th of September but they delivered to the Gmarket warehouse only on the 7th of October. What was worse is that Gmarket did not answer my e-mails promptly, I was e-mailing and messaging them on the site almost every day but I did not  get any feedback (all my e-mails were answered when the parcel was already shipped). I even messaged the seller and I was told that it was already sent to Gmarket. I never really know what happened in between. At least, I already got it, right?

So, my parcel was delivered on October 11th BUT it was an unsuccessful delivery… I thought I was able to rejoice for finally receiving it but, alas! I have to pick it up at the post office and I have to pay customs duty and tax, oh even for delivery fee. It is only a 1.38kg parcel with items that only amount to USD30 that’s why I don’t get  it why I have to pay those additional fees. It is a tiny and light box and only a tad bigger than my melissa shoes box (check picture above)

My total order was only USD30 + USD15 for shipping (I even incurred a negative balance on Gaccount because I have to pay shipping surcharge) + USD30 (customs duty, tax, delivery fee, and taxi to the post office). I asked the EMS guy why I have to pay those fees but he said the Customs only does random checks and I was lucky (not his word) to have my parcel checked.

Anyway, enough with the ramblings. Or not… Check out the picture below and notice that the Customs opened my box and one of the boxes in the box.

Upon opening the box, you can see three separate packages. It contains…

… a small beige bag, 4 sets of IOPE Hydro Intense Softener and Emulsion samples and 2 tubs of Secret Key Snail + EGF Repairing Gel Cream (I got this on a buy one get one free promotion). I received no freebies or gwps.

Let’s take a closer look at my purchases.

IOPE Hydro Intense Softener and Emulsion

I got the IOPE samples from this seller and this is the link to the product.
The items are in good condition but there was 1/3 empty space in the box where the four sets were kept.
I have yet to test the products.
 

You can find this product here. (I think they sell this at a cheaper price now).

The Secret Key Snail + EGF Repairing Gel Cream was the culprit of my parcel’s late shipment.

This is also the reason why my order exceeded its weight.

This product wasted two-thirds of the box’s space. I actually put IOPE’s box here and it fit.

This box was also opened by Thailand Customs and I really wonder, up to now, what of this item made them decide to ask for customs duty and tax (Yeah, I still can’t get over the fact that I paid extra for this little haul).

I have used the product for one night so I still can’t tell what effects it has on my skin.

Beige Bag

I got this bag from this seller.

The bag looks alright, right? Look closely, though.
 

Upon close inspection in the bag’s buckle part, I noticed a tiny tear which I’m afraid might peel after some use. Some stitches are sewn messily and the buckle seems lopsided, too. This is a disappointing buy and I was really excited for this. Oh well, I got this at a cheap price but still… it’s just frustrating to receive a damaged item.

So, yeah, this is the drama of this Gmarket purchase. I am expecting another package arriving soon which is a bigger and heavier one. I just hope and pray that the post office won’t detain it *crossing fingers*. Anyway, albeit the drama and the extra payments, I will still continue shopping at Gmarket. I just love browsing at the site and I am tempted to buy all the time. I just hope though that everything will be a breeze and hassle-free next time.

Have you shopped at Gmarket?

Cheers!

Payday Shopping at CentralWorld

1 Oct

 

My blog is getting so much like a shopping blog :p I dunno why but my shopping sickness has kicked in and has been around for four months now. I promise this to be the last for the month though, as I am still waiting for my Gmarket and ebay purchases. I will be on shopping detox after this weekend. For real.

Anyway, I still decided to go out this afternoon because if I stayed home I will just be itching to buy something off Gmarket so I went to the mall so I can stretch my legs hehe. Actually, I was planning to go to Platinum Fashion Mall (This Bangkok mall is a treasure trove of goodies 🙂 It is a 5 or 6-storey shopping center where you can get clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, souvenirs, etc at wholesale prices. You have to allot at least half a day to scour every shop and find the best deals) instead of CentralWorld. Traffic was sooo bad that I had to get off the bus and took a cab to CentralWorld instead.

I checked out Aldo, next, Dorothy Perkins, Zara and UNIQLO. I just purchased three pairs of shoes in the past two months so no shoe purchase today. I found some nice dresses at Dorothy Perkins but I wanted to check out Forever 21 first. As I passed by B2S, a bookshop, I browsed the laptop bags quickly and found something that I like.

I got this green Case Logic bag not only because it was on sale but because I needed a bag for my portable DVD player. It will come in handy when I travel.

Case Logic Bag

Case Logic Bag

I went to Tony Moly afterwards. I found only the cheapest stuff because I have a lot of make up and my next Gmarket shopping will consist of Tony Moly products which are way cheaper than the prices here.

Tony Moly Mask Sheets & Nail Polishes

Tony Moly Mask Sheets & Nail Polishes

This is my first time to buy from Tony Moly Thailand. I only got 2 Green Tea Essential Mask Sheet Packs, Hyaluronic Acid Natural Pulp Essence Sheet Mask, Top Coat Nail Polish (TC01) and Glittery Yellow Nail Polish (PP02). I didn’t get any sample from this shop. I saw brochures (I think it was a Tony Moly product brochure) with Song Joong Ki on the cover which I wanted but it was not offered to me by the shop assistant so I didn’t ask for it anymore. I’ll just keep the plastic bag haha.

My next stop was The Face Shop. I really can’t resist coming in a Face Shop store; I think I buy from them 4 times a month. The products at The Face Shop may be a little pricey but they are well-adapted to my skin. I still have a lot of products so I just chose what I need for the moment. But, I really don’t need anything I think 😉

The Face Shop Emulsion, Masks & Blemish Patch

The Face Shop Emulsion, Masks & Blemish Patch

Oh! I’m having problems with my pimples on my chin and forehead now (boo!), so I chose products to address this need. I got a Quick & Clean Mild Emulsion, Kiwi Yoghurt Pack (Wash Off), and Clean Face White Intensive Blemish Clear Patch. Since I’m a Face Shop member and my purchase was quite a lot (I think) I wasn’t shy to ask for samples. I was given two mask sheets – Vita A Mask Sheet (Carrot and Avocado Extracts with skin firming) and Vita C Mask Sheet (Strawberry and Raspberry Extracts with skin tone brightening). I really don’t know why they don’t give away samples here.

I got a 20% discount with my mask and skincare purchase (I think they forgot to deduct a further 5% because I’m a member. I never check the receipt, that’s why). Oh, there was a table with products at 50% off. I didn’t find anything I like, though two of the nail polishes I bought yesterday were discounted that much at the CentralWorld branch. Tsk.

Despite not having eaten lunch and a-quite-sore feet, I still headed straight to Forever 21 to look for dresses that’s not too casual and not too serious which I can wear to work.

Forever 21 Dress, Pants & Make up Cleansing Tissues

Forever 21 Dress, Pants & Make up Cleansing Tissues

I only got a purple dress, black pants and Purederm Make up Cleansing Tissues for my next clothes shopping will be at Gmarket ;). Forever 21 has still the promotion that THB1,600 purchase will enable you to get a free watch. I got a red one this time. I already had a purple watch from shopping there last September.

After a quick lunch at KFC, my last shopping stop was at Bershka. I found lovely and relatively inexpensive shoes (from THB1,800-2,900)  with chunky sky high heels and platforms. I really want them but I resisted the temptation. There’s always a next time 😉

I finished my shopping for the day with an anticipated Mass at Holy Redeemer Church.

Tomorrow’s schedule? I’m going to Browhaus at Siam Discovery. I have yet to check if I need to make an appointment or can just walk in.

How’s your weekend so far? Hope y’all have a good one! Cheers!

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Shopping at The Face Shop + Forever 21

13 Sep

Shopping Bags
I went to CentralWorld today because I want to get my assistant a farewell present. I was planning to get her a shirt at UNIQLO since some stuff are still at introductory prices with its recent opening here in Bangkok last week. But since I wanted to try new skin care and cosmetic products I headed to the Korean skin care and cosmetics brands instead.
I first went to Etude House but the price of the products are really expensive when they’re not as costly in Korea or even in the Philippines. I headed next to Tony Moly; it was my first time to visit the actual shop. I wanted to get some nail polish, gel liner and the Tomatox Brightening Mask so I asked the sales assistant how much should the minimum purchase be to avail of the membership; it has to be at least THB2,500. I deemed that my purchases won’t reach that much; I’m also not so familiar with the product reviews so I decided to transfer to my tried and proven brand, The Face Shop.
 
Being a regular shopper at The Face Shop, I am familiar with some products but I discovered newer goodies at the CentralWorld shop which is also bigger than my frequently visited branches, Central Rama 3 and Siam Paragon. I decided right there and then that I will give my assistant The Face Shop (TFS) products as a farewell present. While browsing products for my soon-to-be former colleague and myself, I made sure to ask about the TFS membership. With my past purchases (which were a lot), the SAs never really offered me membership since probably they assumed that I am just a tourist. Oh well…
 
Here’s my mini-haul:

TFS Products + TFS membership card + GWP

Since I bought more than THB2,000 TFS products I was entitled to Kim Hyun Joong (KHJ)’s “Break Down” mini-album. KHJ is the face of The Face Shop. Of course, I am happy to receive it since I am fan. A BIG fan 🙂

I left The Face Shop happy 🙂 But I wonder why I always never get any TFS samples.  I have never really experienced getting samples with my purchases from Korean brands here in Bangkok. Or maybe it’s just me. Oh wait, they gave me a bit at Holika Holika shop here 😉

Anyway, I also dropped by UNIQLO as I saw a lot of people holding paperbags from the shop. Besides, I haven’t been really inside a UNIQLO shop. I remember seeing a shop in Oxford Street in London but I just walked passed it. Here in the Bangkok shop being barely a week old, there were still quite a number of people inside so I didn’t bother to look at everything. I just checked the THB290 shirts and they’re not quite bad. The opening promotion ends on the 18th of September. Maybe I have to go back on the weekend again.
 
As I need some clothes for work, I decided to have a look at Forever 21. I was only supposed to be window shopping but a mini-dress caught my eye and fit me. I can wear it to work so I decide to get it. As I was queueing by the till, I saw a mini poster that says a free watch will be given to purchases worth THB1,699. My dress was around THB1,290 so I went back and tried on a couple of dresses more. I liked a pale blue tunic and bought it as well to make my purchase more worthwhile hehehe. Of course, I got the watch. Who couldn’t resist a GWP? 😉

Forever 21 orange mini-dress, pale blue knitted tunic and my GWP, watch

Shopping is so much fun!Cheers!