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It was the year 2003 when Endless Love: Autumn in my Heart graced Philippine national television. For some reason, Filipinos became drawn to the tragic story as they are used to seeing drama series with only happy endings. Back then, it was the talk of the town, and everyone wants to be a part of it. And somehow, people thought that the fad would easily die down after a while, but it didn’t. Little did they know that it was the introduction of a new culture in the country that will continually expand and grow in the next 18 years.
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Deep into the Korean Culture and Products
Being influenced deeply into the K-culture, Filipinos now consider Hallyu as a way of life. not just in music or dramas, but also Korean beauty, fashion, and food industries. In this current era, Filipinos tend to lean on Korean products like sheet masks, minimalist and stylish clothing, BB creams, and especially Korean foods like samgyupsal, ramyun, bingsu, and bulgogi. They try to emulate what they see in K-pop and K-dramas. But the thing is, these products and merchandise are not readily available in the country. It would be great to know the services available to make this process convenient for them.
Shipping Services from South Korea to the Philippines
Having a huge market demand for Korean products, the Philippines has welcomed Korean brands locally. As early as the year 2009, you can see K-stores like Etude House, The Face Shop, and TONYMOLY in the malls. But as the market grew bigger and more informed of the K-culture, they also started to demand more products like hard-to-find K-beauty products, K-fashion branded clothing, and distinct foods like legitimate Korean kimchi, fish cakes, dried laver, and even condiments. You rarely see them in local stores. And if you do find them, they are pricey, most of the time. This is because Filipinos rely on resellers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Lazada, or Shopee, and their very expensive shipping fees.
Fortunately, with the advancement of technology and the rise of new business trends, e-commerce platforms are now more accessible and easier to use than ever. Shipping services like package forwarding and personal shopping are utilized to make the process less stressful for the buyers. One of them is DELIVERED KOREA. We will act as the middleman for you and the Korean-based stores and sellers. Here is a list of online K-stores where you can buy legitimate Korean products separated into different categories.
All these K-stores are accessible through a mobile app or a website. Since they are mostly based in Korea, you might encounter some difficulties, like language barriers, in buying and with the process of shipping. To help you with these problems, DELIVERED KOREA offers two types of shipping assistance. But before anything else, you must sign up for your own account on its website to access our services.
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You Buy We Ship
This is a package forwarding service. You can personally buy your products from the online stores listed above and pay them directly from your local bank account (BDO, BPI, etc.) or PayPal. Just take note of the details like the tracking number, store name, item description, and photo of the item you purchased.
As for the shipping, the You Buy We Ship service will give you a Korean address where your package can be domestically shipped in Korea first. But before that, you must declare on Delivered Korea’s website that you have ordered a product from the online stores by filling up the ‘My Incoming Package Form‘. That is how we will know that you want to use our package forwarding service. If you fail to do this step, you will be charged a fee of $5 USD.
And as soon as DELIVERED receives the package in their warehouse in Korea, you can now choose a carrier service: K-Packet, EMS, FedEx Priority, FedEx Economy, or DHL and pay the shipping fees. After that, follow the checkout process and you just have to wait for your package to be shipped to your local PH address.
We Buy and Ship
Buying directly from Korean online stores and communicating with Korean sellers can be subject to ordering mistakes and misunderstandings. So, if you are not familiar in navigating online K-stores or confidence in communicating with Korean sellers, the We Buy and Ship service is perfect for you. This is, basically, a personal shopping service where DELIVERED will provide someone who can buy your items on your behalf.
First, go to the K-store and find the item that you want to buy. Take note of the store name, URL or the web address, description, and image of the item(s). Then, fill up the ‘New Order‘ form under the ‘WE BUY ORDERS‘ option on your page. After that, just follow the checkout process that is similar to the You Buy We Ship service and wait until your package is shipped to your local PH address. You can track your package in the ‘My Packages‘ section of your DELIVERED page.
An additional service that you can avail of at DELIVERED is combining multiple packages from different K-stores or sellers into one shipment. This will surely save you a lot of shipping fees, especially if you purchase several items from multiple online stores. You just have to pay an additional $3 per package.
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Shipping Fees and Payment Options
Of course, the DELIVERED KOREA’s shipping services are not free, but you can guarantee that we offer a less expensive process and competitive price among other forwarding services. So, if you want to know the price estimate and availability of their services to ship into the Philippines, you can check out our Shipping Calculator. This is an example of a 5kg package that is going to be shipped to Manila.
As for the payment options, you can choose to pay through your credit or debit cards, or more conveniently through PayPal. The Philippines has a lot of virtual wallets like GCASH and PayMaya where you can transfer money to PayPal or your local bank account. If you want more detailed instructions about pricing and payment options, check out these links:
Service Pricing: https://www.delivered.co.kr/pricing/
Fees, Charges, and Payment Options: https://deliveredhelp.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/folders/48000135910