How to shop in Korea: International VS Domestic shipping

In this guide, we aim to explain to you how to shop in Korea and avoid unnecessary expenses. Not all the products displayed on Korean shopping mall platforms (Coupang, G-Market, Auction, 11st, etc.) are produced in Korea. That means that the stock may be stored abroad and a seller will ship it to our Korean warehouse using international shipping, which may be expensive. In this case, to cut the costs we advise you to search for an alternative seller of the same product before submitting a BUY FOR ME request.

Assuming that it may be hard for you to understand in which case shipping is international and which it is domestic, we created this brief instruction. We hope that it will be of good use to you.

How to understand that a seller is shipping internationally

Let’s start with how you can distinguish what kind of shipping a seller proposes. There are two things you should put attention to:

  1. Shipping cost (배송비):If shipping costs is more than KRW7,000, most likely it’s international shipping.
  2. Receiving Date (도착 예정): If it takes more than three days to receive the item, most likely it’s international shipping.
    If at least one of these two conditions exceeds the limit, that means that it’s the shipping is international. Remember, shipping within Korea is cheap and speedy.

Hint! On the most of websites you may use Google translate.

How to find the desired product which can be shipped domestically

One of the easiest ways to find a product you are looking for and check the shipping option is to use Naver search. For example, let’s try to search for “로즈힙 오일” which comes in multiple versions depending on the volume – 20ml, 30ml, and 45 ml.

  1. Copy-paste or type the title in the box and click on the magnifying glass icon.
  2. Scroll down until you reach “네이버쇼핑” (Naver shopping) part.
  3. Try to find a product which has no blue “해외” sign since it means “international”.
  4. If you don’t see the desired product on the board, you may try to search with a different phrase or click on “쇼핑 더보기” to see more results.

Hint! Usually, the shorter, the better since Naver will show more results. However, in some cases, a more precise request may give great results. Therefore, we advise you to try multiple options. For example, “트릴로지 오가닉 로즈힙 오일 트리오 세트”, “로즈힙 오일 안티옥시던트 플러스”, etc.

After you click on “쇼핑 더보기”, there will be a list of items. If you click on a product you will be redirected either to an e-store’s product page or to Naver 쇼핑’s product page.

  • Redirected to the e-store’s product page?
    Awesome! Double-check if it’s domestic shipping and if the price is okay and submit your BUY FOR ME request.
  • Redirected to Naver 쇼핑’d product page?
    Pick the best option with domestic shipping and click on it. You will be re-directed to the e-store’s product page.

Here are a few more hints for you

  • If the title is in English, you may try to translate in Google Translate and search using the translated title or its parts.
  • Try to keep it as simple as possible.
  • Keep calm and enjoy your shopping!

You may add up to 5 items from the same store. For more detailed information with the screenshot on how to submit a BUY FOR ME request, please visit this page. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our customer support. We are always happy to assist you!

Now, when you learned how it works, it’s time for practice.
Enjoy your shopping on the Nature Republic’s official website!

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