in South Korea

Coupang delivery


After over a year of only buying on Gmarket, I have discovered Coupang‘s Rocket Delivery! I never noticed or looked for an alternative, because I was okay with Gmarket, and figuring out the fuzzy math of delivery periods. It does get a bit tricky to be unsure when your bottled water delivery is actually coming. I’ve had to go to the store and buy water in the meantime anyway, and then carry those heavy 2L bottles home.

So. Anyway. Coupang.  Next-day delivery in the major cities, and it’s free delivery for orders over 9,800 won.  It’s great for household goods and water.

It’s better than Gmarket because you can buy a bunch of different things, all from one retailer (Coupang). For Gmarket, it’s basically a marketplace of different sellers (like eBay or Amazon Marketplace), and you’d end up having to buy 3 bottles of shampoo in one go, Costco-style.

During the ordering process, I selected the option for having my things placed by my door, and I received a confirmation text message when it was done. Not just a confirmation text, but also a confirmation photo! I thought it was a cute touch that there’s a hand in the photo, in a “here it is” gesture.


There’s … a lot of packaging. The little box on top contained one 50 g sachet of curry mix.  The second box, two bubble-wrapped jars of spaghetti sauce and pizza sauce.  The biggest box contained one sleeve (twelve 80 g cans) of cat food.

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