Update 9/16/2014 – I have updated most of it but due to needing to have an order to get to some of it, I wasn’t able to update everything. I will update once I order again from the States. I apologize.
For a while, I was so sad about not being able to shop in Korea. I mean, skincare products don’t do well with my skin here (I got horrible acne from them due to my sensitive skin), clothes don’t fit me, etc etc. So, I’ve been searching for a long time online for ways to get things shipped from the US to Korea. I saw many sites online, but all the ones I found were scams that cost money to sign up and more money for the packages. I was tired of this and just gave up. Luckily, a student of mine told me about this site, Malltail, and I was skeptical of if it was real or not but she swore by it. And then I found more and more students using it to buy stuff from my homeland for cheap. So I mentioned on here that I would try it. Well, here is my first package! What a success!! Let this be a guide for any foreigner who wants to use it but doesn’t know Chinese or Korean (there is no English Version yet).
So, on the main page here, click this button for “Member sign up”. It will take you to a page where you have to click all the boxes to agree (your basic agreements), and then click the next button.
This is the signup page. I provided the translations for you. I hope you can read it all. Where it says Text and Email notification, the first one is yes, the second is no. I figured most people would click no so that’s why I selected it. Where it says birthday, the two choices are Solar calendar and Lunar calendar. Most foreigners follow Solar birthdays so that’s the first option. If you know your lunar birthday, by all means put it in.
When you click submit, you should get a text message from them stating that you have completed your sign up, congratulations! That means they know how to contact you when you order something. If you don’t get a text message at the end of signup, you did something wrong.
So after signup, go buy something! Have a ball! Order the products first. Make sure you have your order number and order details. You will need it for the next step. Where do you send it?? Not to your house!! They always give you a address at the top of the screen.
I blurred out my special box number but everyone’s is unique. When you order something, USE THESE ADDRESSES! This is important. But, why do they have a NJ, DE address and a CA address??
In NJ, CLOTHING, FOOD, and VITAMINS are considered necessary items for living and thus aren’t taxed. So, if you want any of those, use the NJ address. Otherwise, the LA address can be quicker. Also, it depends on where the shipper’s warehouse is located. It might be quicker from NJ than LA. (UPDATE! The DE address is an extra $1 more to use, but since it’s tax free on everything, it’s not too bad).
So, once you sign into your account from the main page, this page will pop-up!
This gives you the status of your shipments and accounts. Those M-points are just rewards points you can use to pay for shipping. You earn them with each shipment. You can start using them after 5,000 points I think. I’ve never used them because they expire so quick. Just keep this in mind.
Anyway, on to registering an ordered shipment. REMEMBER! You must have placed an order already to be able to input a shipment. Buy the items first then go to the malltail site to register it.
So click the register shipment button and it will take you to this page:
So as I say and check the box then check the address you are shipping to. Then press the button on the bottom right to keep going.
Then this pops up. Damn all these pop ups… Do as the pictures say and exit out of that those three things.
So here, you put in the basic order information. Now, if you ordered from Ralph Lauren (Polo), Vitra, Gap (Old Navy, etc) and 6pm, if you click the black button next to it, it will ask for your login info and automatically input your entire order info into the boxes. You just need to tell it what type of item it is. Don’t forget that or it won’t let you move on.
If you didn’t order from these sites, just go ahead and fill this in. If you don’t have a tracking number yet, don’t worry. You can put it in later, or you can wait until you get it and then fill out this page. Either is okay. It might be easier to fill this page out when you have the tracking information so you don’t have to worry. And the prices will automatically appear at the bottom as you enter them in at the top.
Now when you click that product type box, a menu pops up.
Once you’ve finished that, add Sales Tax, any possible discount amounts, and shipping amount. Make sure the total on the right matches your order total or they get unhappy.
If you have any sales tax, shipping fees, or discount coupons/gift cards, put it all in those boxes. This is so the people who process your order can understand the pricing. Don’t ask, just do.
The next step is putting in your personal information so it can come to you in Korea. It’s hard to update this because I can’t access it unless I input an order. It has changed again so I will have to update this at a later date. For now, try to use this as a guide.
When they ask for your passport country, here is a list of common foreign countries that might be used. You can look them up in Korean.
USA – 미국
Canada – 카나다
England – 영국
India – 인도
Once finished all this information, just click the big button at the bottom and it’s done! Hooray! Most of your work is done!
Once you enter this, the site will send you a text message that says they received your order.
Now is the waiting game. They will text you again that gives you the price of the shipping. Once that happens, log back in, and it will take you to your page.
Then you will have to pay the shipping. And depending on how many times you’ve ordered, your membership status goes up and you get a discount on it. Hooray.
Enter the credit card info in and your Malltail password, and click just once! (A pop-up will remind you to only click once or else you can get double charged). Then, it’s smooth sailing, unless you get hit with duties.
Your limits are:
Clothing – up to about US$150-200
Makeup – $100 or so.
Candles (Yankee Candles) – $100
Bath and Body works-type stuff – $100-$150
Other stuff – $150
This includes shipping and taxes.
And you are done. Congratulations. If you have any questions, please reply to this entry and hopefully I can answer them.