How to evade/reduce taxes on gmarket orders!
    This is extremely important for those of you are are in Europe or America where the tax officers are very strict.   We learnt the hard way of learning how to evade being taxed, and only mastered the art of it after a few shipments, so here we are sharing with all of you, so make sure (and hopefully!) you read this before you go on with your orders.  

Rule #1

Always split your shipments in two.     When shopping on Gmarket, make sure you separate your orders in two orders.   The FIRST ORDER is the most important one, and the order which Gmarket will take when declaring taxes. Therefore, split your orders into two and put all the cheap stuff on your first order. To be sure, put items below 20,000 Korean Wons on your first order, and make sure it has at LEAST 4 items.  

Rule #2

    Place items which are more expensive on a second order. To be extra safe, put only 3 of these very expensive items in one order.  Unfortunately, you would have to pay for shipping twice, but it doesn’t matter as Gmarket will weigh both of your orders and ship it in one shipment, and the balance will be debited to you in your Gbalance account   . After placing both orders, go to your Gmarket Shopping List. Click on Overseas Order.   Capture     Then tick on both orders that was placed, and at the bottom of the page, click on ‘REQUEST COMBINED SHIPMENT’.   If you don't want the hassle of doing combining two orders, just put everything in one order - and Gmarket will only pick 4 items to be declared. If they pick the expensive ones - then you're unlucky.     If ever your shipment is retained by the customs, don't be stupid enough to send them the whole bill/paypal receipt. Gmarket picked only 4 items to be declared, therefore if you send the tax officers your paypal/gmarket/credit card recipt, you will end up paying taxes for the whole order.     What to do in this case? Simply e-mail Gmarket and ask them to scan your EMS label. Once you receive your EMS label, you will know how much to declare in your letter/or 'letter proforma' in french, and you will end up paying taxes for those 4 items!   To be able to win samples / prizes and be updated , don’t forget to join us at facebook and twitter :

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  • kman

    So if you make two boxes they wont taxed it?
    And no need send mail for verified if gmarket accept your request for combined shippingg?

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      Two boxes, but the first box must contain cheap stuff. No need verification for combined shipping. Just tick the two shipments and click @request for combined shipping@ at the end of the page!

      • Kevin Jang

        How does it apply to Japan? I am going to try ordering in a month’s time for some stuff such as my packs, since the Japanese products here are too expensive and pale in comparison with Korean ones.

  • kman

    What is cheap? If i order sum everything is over 34 usd?

    Actualy can you please explain how can avoid taxes by using two boxes?
    I dont understand the logica, sorry

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      haha because on the declaration sheet of the EMS label, there is only 4 boxes. And usually Gmarket will declare the items of the first box! they will randomly pick 4 items to put it on the EMS label !

      What is cheap? hmmm sulwhasoo/history of whoo samples?

      tony moly/baviphat is cheap.

  • kman

    oooooooh ok gonna try, but do you know the amount?for example under 50 usd or is 150 usd also posible?

    or better buy some samples?

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      for example if you buy 10 items in 1 shipment, they will pick randomly 4 items to declare. so buy some cheap items, that way if they pick the cheap items to declare, you dont have to pay a lot of taxes!

  • kman

    ah ok understand,thank you. will let you!! gonna shop again on gmarktet then for finding some samples,

  • kman

    gosh can not go online gmarket they are testing something or what. mmm mm maybe they transelate everything in english

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      haha gmarket is very addicting. Once u start, you NEVER stop! haha

      ANyway this happens all the time, Gmarket always shuts down during this time for maintenance !! So annoying for those of us in Europe :)

  • kman

    wonder do you know a phonenumber http://www.int183.com.cn posmail in china??gosh i order two weeks ago and i still havent receive them.

    when i try to track they mentioned that its send to poland?? and i live in the netherlands??!!!
    so i emaild the seller they said i will send you a fresh??!! what is that mean? so no i want to contact the postoffice for asking what happends with the items.

    greets kman

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      What did u order?

      • kman

        Shoes

        • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

          why dont you write an email to the seller?

  • kman

    I did for i ask where my item were, and why its send to poland,and if they can look for me what happend? They anwered me: can.
    What do they mean with can????

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      haha they will check and probably get back to you. where did u buy it from? ebay? so u finally bought the items u want?

      • kman

        no sum37 i will buy on gmarktet, these are shoes, i ordered it on 27 november and still havent receive it gosh
        do you know a way?

  • kman

    We inquires the afresh after shipment
    this is what they email me, do you know what it means?

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      lol we have no idea!

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      what did u ask?

  • kawen

    i ask them:
    its know two weeks later and i still havent receive my shoes, where is the packet now? what do you mean with afreash?please check for me why its in poland? and do they not send to the netherlands?

    this is what i ask, and they reply with CAN, thanks.

    omg what is this???

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      there’s no such thing as afresh.. hehe.

      it happens when language is a barrier. im sure they will refund u !

  • kawen

    how you know they will refund me?? i paid with my creditcard gosh.

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      which website is this? so have u placed your gmarket orders?

  • kman

    /www.christianlouboutin88.com this one

  • kman

    omg i ask them to refund my money i contact thehttp://www.billingsupportsystem.com and they said to refund me back i have to wait for about 4 working days. what do you think??
    gosh i feel so stupid.

  • kman

    ok i did my first order on gmarket!!
    status is waiting for items

    i am so nervouse

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      what did u order?? :) so excited for u too!

  • kman

    i couldnt pay by paypall?? funny i did with creditcard

  • kman

    whats mean on request??

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      hi, you can pay by paypal ! you choose the method of payment

      ‘on request’ means that your request has been sent to the seller, once they see it and deliver it, your item will be sent to the gmarket warehouse!

  • kman

    Too late i already pay by creditcard, but i did click on paypallexpress but he doesnt do anything, i was almost spending three hours on gmarket so i pay by cc,
    i orderde white award line, the youth activatorline the losec reviving cream and some samples sum bb cream toners spotcorector, i did what you said make two order the first one i put the samples and one item for about 32000 won i didnt have cheaper and second box i ordered all the expensive ones and then after i click on combined shipping, so i hope i did it right,

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      How many samples did u order? Make sure the first order contains more than 4 items!

      Did u disable pop-ups on your internet browser? that is probably why nothing happened!

  • kman

    hi,

    yes i have 4 samples and 1 item, is that correct? in the first order
    and second order i put all the expensive ones in.

    i have mac computer is that the reason?

    how long does it takes before is in europe two weeks?what is your experience

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      It takes 2 days to reach Europe after it is shipped from the Gmarket houseware. If the customs lets your shipment go, you might be able to receive it within 4-5 days. If the customs retain your shipment, you will have to send them the invoice.

      IF the customs ask for the invoice, write an email to Gmarket and ask them to scan your EMS Label, therefore when you write a letter to the customs, you know which item to declare to the customs and how much u are suppose to declare!

      • kman

        ok but if have lucky then the customs will not do difficult??
        But the method you teach me, using two boxes, isnt that especialy for avoiding tax? or is it 90% avoid and 10% bad luck
        just saw on gmarktet some items are:Expected
        Delivery Date
        2010-12-16 and some are:On Request and when i click on overseaorder all items are:On Request
        2010-12-21
        (CJ택배)

        • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

          Yes, 10% bad luck!! I am not sure about your country’s law, but in France, they can only tax us if the amount is over 50 Euros, so if Gmarket declares less than 50 euros in total, you should be safe!

          Yes, it means that the sellers have accepted your order and will send it either tomorrow or the next day. Those that are still on request means that the seller has not seen your orders ( since it is 2a.m in Korea right now!)

  • kman

    But using credit card is ok? or better next time use paypal?

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      It doesnt matter if you use Credit cards or paypal! i think the credit card has better rates..

  • kman
  • kman

    oh sorry did something wrong copy not good, just forget

  • kman

    so if the shippingcost is lower then what i pay they will refund it to my g account? am i right?

  • kman

    pfff we will wait, let you know how it goes, i am happy find your wonderfull blog!!! saves a lot of money.
    and did you already try something of sum37? did you make review on your blog?

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      yes maybe i will start our review on the secret programming essence.

      we have too much products to review ! hopefully after all the sulwhasoo reviews, we will start the sum:37 review.

      we will wait for your review for the sum37 products and share it with us !!

  • kman

    So confusing gmarket send a canselation but i did not canseld anything, and they shipped one box while i ask for combined shipping i dont understand??

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      it means that one of your products is out of stock, so the seller cancelled it.

      the different sellers you bought from will send their stuff to the G-market warehouse. when all your stuff arrives, they will then put it in one box and send it to u.

  • kman

    Ok i saw a nother item from the same seller but little more expensive can i orrderd it and will gmarket send them together with other items, its was the youht activator trreatment set about 87 usd and she has the same for about 91 usd, can i order it?

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      no, you can only combine shipping once :(

  • kman

    Ok so i have to pay shipping costs for one item?? Xxx

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      Yes, so maybe you should wait till this order gets shipped first, and test out the products. then if u are happy, u can always place another order later, and u can do some research of what products u want to purchase next too!

  • kman

    Ok thankks you were right maybe wait is better, mybe they give me samples of the youthline xxx thank you

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      I just bought the Whoo Massage Cream on Gmarket :X and the Hwanyu Eye Cream!

  • kman

    wow the hwanyu eye cream, tell me how this works on your eyes!! at the moment i use the hwahyun eye cream and its alsoo very gooood.
    what is the whoo massage cream??

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      they have a massage cream which can be used as an overnight mask too

      Sent from Samsung mobile

  • Kman

    Solo confusing g market, some items market with track nr some not does it means tracking in Korea itself?

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      yes that is tracking within korea itself!

      Sent from Samsung mobile

  • kman

    숨37˚ 숨 시크릿 유쓰 액티베이터 나이트 트리트먼트 40ml샘플포함6 do you know what this means??

    Thanks

  • kman

    is there a way out to know of a product is in stock on gmarket? before you order?
    because i tried to communicate with them but the only one can speak english is gmarket self, the seller write in korean back to me

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      No, unfortunately we dont have a way to know if it is out of stock. Many sellers forget to take down the products once it is out of stock, therefore they cancel it after they receive the order. The best thing is to message Gmarket your problem and they will deal with the seller! I have just written a post on LG’s new brand !

  • kman

    yeah i go look and read now!!!

  • kman

    what is the limited time before gmarket ship the packet? cause its still not ship i dont have tracknr.
    gosh i am to nervouse to try the new things can not wait

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      They have to wait until all the sellers send your stuff to the Gmarket warehouse, then they will ship it out, and send u an email. then u can track the item from the Gmarket ‘Oversea Orders’ page!

  • kman

    what means view receipt? and why i have to confirm?

  • kman

    Ok little update gmarket still not shipped, 3 canceled items, and 3 on request, gmarket is a wonderfull therapy for being patientsxxx

  • kawen

    hii my items are shipped jippie!!!

    but i saw i have 26800 won in my g account cash balance,what do i have to do?

    • Yuri

      That’s the money Gmarket refunds to your account(Gcash) when they compare the real weight of your shipment, against the estimated weight.

      Unfortunately, I don’t think you can withdraw that into your bank account. :(

      And that’s why I only buy certain things from Gmarket: too much hassle. :(

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      Good !!! I just received my Gmarket parcel today too :)

      That is the balance of your estimated shipping amount that you paid !

      Keep the money there so you can purchase other items next time!

      You can’t transfer money unfortunately to your bank account because you have to pay 35 USD for that !

      • Yuri

        Yeesh… USD35?! That’s low, really low!

        Considering Gmarket must make millions per year, surely the banks wouldn’t mind cutting them a deal and waive the fees. But I suspect it’s to keep us buying. :(

        • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

          Yeah, i suspect that too! However they said that they will be introducing more paying methods early next year. so we will keep an eye on that!

  • Yuri

    Well, this Gcash problem has been around for years so they better buck up.

    Also, their customer service is a bit on the sucky side. Seriously, you get the impression they could work a lot harder and get a better reputation. But too bad: they’ve kinda scared off quite a few potential customers.

  • http://cute-beat.blogspot.com/ Hachi

    Question, and if only I ordered 2 products, one is a CD and another one mp4, all together has a value of 105 usd, I still got charged customs?

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      hi, when you order only 2 items, it is inevitable. there are 4 cases on the declaration sheet, Gmarket has no options but to declare the two items. The trick is either to
      1) buy some cheap stuff and mix it together with your two items – that lowers down the probability of putting down the two expensive items on the declaration sheet
      2) place two different orders and then combine it. the first order consists of cheap stuff and must be more than 4 items, and the 2nd order consisting of your two expensive stuff. gmarket will pick the order with 4 or more items to write it on the declaration sheet, and therefore the 2 expensive stuff doesnt get written down!

  • epiphany

    Are you supposed to get any type of confirmation message when you Request the Combined shipping? I get a popup saying do you wish to combine these 2 shipments, I click OK.. and then the box goes away, but I have no idea if it applied the request or not.

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      Hi, there isn’t any confirmation at all ! Don’t worry you did the right thing ! :D

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  • karen

    hi hope,
    i’ve tried your method by putting in 70000 won items into the second order. But they still declared this item into the EMS label!! and i got taxed on the entire parcel.
    My first order had more than 6 low valued items and my second order had only this 70000 won item.
    Is there a problem with only 1 item in the second order?

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      i realize that Gmarket has started to pick items randomly from both orders instead of just 1 order! i think now it’s just pure luck, but to lower the probability of them declaring the expensive ones, its better to have more cheaper items, that way the chances of them picking them would be higher!

  • lightless

    i got taxed… and paid the tax for the whole parcel because i haven’t seen this post before :(

    but i have a question : if i only write the items from the EMS label, won’t they find it weird that the box is so huge (and maybe heavy), with only 4 items? LOL
    or they don’t care and just tax those 4? i’m scared that they open the box, then realized that i lied and there are more than 4 items…

    TY!

    • admin

      Haha, i don’t know about your country, but in France, they don’t really care.

      When you ask Gmarket for an invoice, they will give you an invoice with only 4 items anyway! The best way is to declare that you bought ‘sets’ that way no suspicion!

  • Hamie Lin

    I’m just a newbie on Gmarket, I ordered 1 mini essence and 1 mini cream of Sooryehan Soo Chunsam Sanghwang [the purple one], many people said they’re like Whoo Hwa Hyun, do you have any ideas? We don’t have too many Sooryehan items here, and I’m really curious about this line, wanna try it out soon

    • admin

      hmmmm, i only tried the eye cream, and i prefer the Whoo Hwa Hyun eye cream more! I think if Whoo Ja Saeng essence had an eye cream – it will probably be the Soo chungsam sanghwang eye cream. It has the same smell, same colour – probably the same thing but in a cream form!

  • http://simplejoysbkk.wordpress.com jeacee

    i live in Thailand and even my 1.5kg package with products less than value of 50 dollars is taxed too. every time i order from gmarket i get taxed by the post office :(

    • Anonymous

      ahhhhh… i think it depends on the country. in france, i only got taxed twice.

  • Bethrgaines

    So what is the tax % on each item? If my most expensive items are 20 bucks is it worth throwing in extra cheap items just to evade the tax? We need to figure out how to evade the shipping- my whole package is 36 bucks worth of shipping just for four items and a handful of packs! Yikes!!!! I’m gonna have to hold off on this order for a while…

    • Anonymous

      For the Tax%, u gotta check with your country’s customs!

  • http://www.closetvoyage.com/ ClosetVoyage

    Omg thanks so much for these tips!!

    • hopeinablog

      welcome! if this doesn’t work, just declare 4 items!

  • Mira

    Ugh – i wish i saw this earlier. I ordered 30 items a bit expensive and then added another 25 items cheap cosmetics etc. and then combined shipments, so i am wondering if anyone has ever done this before? I mean has anyone ever bought this much online. I am really worried now, maybe I shouldn’t have combined shipments.

  • http://twitter.com/KienC Kien Chi

    Gmarket wont answer to my mail regarding the invoice ;(

  • Laras

    OMG I just read this after I got tax 100USD x.x I almost got in trouble because the custom officer opened my box and got around 30 items while in the EMS label there are only 4. Then I stupidly admitted how much I paid for all of them. Therefore the huge tax amount. Wish I read this sooner…

  • Miya

    What amounts will be declared in the EMS? the subtotal amount or the price w/o discount? :) Its because i used a lot of coupons which discounted my purchases.

  • Von Avancena

    Hi! What if I’ll order first worth $40 and the next one $200?

  • Annie

    my country is Malaysia. can i split it into 2 orders but i don’t want to combine them, just let them sent the parcel separately.

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