K-Pop, Arts & Culture, Life And Style

K-Pop, Arts & Culture

Let's be budol besties: The insider's guide to buying K-pop photocards

This serves as a warning: collecting K-pop photocards is not for the faint of heart. 👀

10/17/2021 1:28:00 PM

This serves as a warning: collecting K-pop photocards is not for the faint of heart. 👀

There are quite a few unspoken rules in the K-pop buy-and-sell community, so here’s a little guide we prepared for you!

Ysa AbadThis serves as a warning: collecting K-pop photocards is not for the faint of heart.It’s not often that you’ll pull your bias from an album, or be the first to “mine” your desired photocard on social media. In fact, for every “successful claim” of your priority photocard, there will be several heartbreaks, not to mention all the constant monitoring you'd have to do on Facebook and Twitter.

I kid you not – it gets frustrating. When a company keeps on releasing new collectibles but you haven't even completed the first collection; when the reselling prices for each member vary just because one is a member of akilabot lineand the other isn’t; when you’re transacting with a seller who can’t even honor your initial agreement because another buyer offered a much higher price; or when you find out that what you thought was a steal purchase was actually a scam – your patience will be tested one way or the other.

It’s not always fun and rainbows in the K-pop buy-and-sell community. But once you get a hold of your photocard (or as Filipino collectors say, “umuwi na siya[they’re finally home]), suddenly, all the stress becomes worth it.'May sparks kasi'Most collectors agree that when they began collecting, it wasn’t actually a conscious decision. It started with just one to three purchases, and then suddenly, they’re checking out other platforms to look for certain items to complete their collection. headtopics.com

“I really tried to fight the urge of being a PC collector for real because I understand how hard (and expensive) it is…. However, whenBTS’Map of the Soul ON:Econcept photo books started arriving, I fell in love with the holographic cards, that I thought, ‘Fine, I’ll just collect the holos.’ Before I knew it, I’m already looking for other photocards and watching binder videos on YouTube,” Ailla, a 24-year-old project management and communication officer, said.

Ailla collects merchandise of K-pop group BTS.Ailla Magcamit/RapplerAilla collects merchandise of K-pop group BTS.Ailla Magcamit/RapplerNico, an 18-year-old college student, added that they also decided to collect because of thesparksandkiligthey got from the photocards. “From opening the parcels to holding the photocards in my hands, seeing it for myself, sleeving it, and putting it in the binder – it’s a cycle that I’d never get tired of. It’s my energy source. I get really happy over those small papers,” they said.

Gio, a 26-year-old graphic designer, echoed the sentiment. “The moment you buy or get your first photocard, you’ll definitely crave for more.Gusto mong buuin ‘yung isang set…. Para kang bata na nakatanggap ng regalo or nabili ng magulang mo ‘yung gusto mong laruan…. Ang sarap sa feeling makapag-uwi ng ‘prio’ photocard mo especially kapag nakapag-uwi ka ng photocard na marami kang kaagaw.

The feeling of triumph that you were able to mine that [specific photocard] was priceless,”Gio's collection of TWICE's Nayeon items.Gio/Rappler(You just want to collect the whole set…. It’s like you're a kid who received a gift or whose parents bought you your favorite toy.… It feels good when you’re able to get your priority photocard, especially if it’s in demand and a lot of other fans are looking for it, too.) headtopics.com

They all agree that collecting merch has also become a new way for fans to cope with the pandemic. Since live concerts aren’t happening now, fans instead show their support for their idols by purchasing their merchandise.“Personally, I get the biggest serotonin boost when I finally have the photocards in my hands. Whether I pull them from albums or when the PC I bought or traded online gets delivered, it truly feels like they are coming home to you. It’s the closest thing you can have when you’re pining for famous idols and as fans; we take what we can get,” Ailla added.

Collectors acknowledge that one’s collecting journey can get pretty overwhelming. From the different sites to purchase from to the unspoken rules in the buy-and-sell community, here’s a little guide we prepared for you:Where to buy:For sealed merchandise such as albums or other collectibles (DVDs, photo books, etc.), K-pop fans' go-to sites are KTown4U, Weverse, and Yes24. These sites are where most shop handlers often buy their merchandise.

For unsealed ortingi (when you’re not buying the whole merchandise, but just a part of the item – let’s say you’re only looking for the photocards and not the actual DVDs), collectors often go to Yangdo, Bungjang, or Mercari. These applications/sites are where buyers who make bulk purchases sell their extras. Since the items here are already unsealed, collectors know which member they’re buying.

Aside from these sites, you can also join Facebook groups or make a separate Twitter account for your buying, trading, and selling activities.How to buy:Once you already have a Twitter account or have joined a Facebook group, it’d be easier for you to connect with fellow collectors who are also looking for the same items as you are. headtopics.com

On Twitter and Facebook, there are several Filipino shops that cater to numerous K-pop groups. They usually handle group orders, which means a buyer will only fill out a form indicating what merchandise they’re buying, and then the shops will be responsible for purchasing it, tracking the packages, and shipping them to the buyer.

Some shops also offer assistance in terms of purchasing on other sites like Mercari, or in Yangdo and Bunjang, especially if a collector has specific requests for items they’re looking for.Here are some terms that you’ll often see from these shops:PAYO (Pay as you order)

- a buyer must pay for the item within 24 hours.QYOP (Quote your own price)- seller won’t disclose the price but will wait for potential buyers to give them the price they’re willing to pay for an itemMOD/MOP (Mode of delivery/Mode of payment)- these are the courier and remittance services that a seller uses

Read more: Rappler »

The SMC Hub

Welcome to The SMC Hub, SMC's online store. In these uncertain times, we are bringing you a safer, more convenient way to order your well-loved and trusted San Miguel products that go beyond making life easier, better for everyone in many meaningful ways.

fake rappler bwiyeochin glossybbang

Myanmar junta urged to let envoy meet Suu KyiEight countries and the EU diplomatic chief urged the Myanmar junta to let a regional special envoy meet ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Here's where the Mendokoro Ramenba food truck is heading nextFor the remaining weekends of October, get your takeout ramen fix at these pop-up locations LisaJackson022 you are a trader with so much ambitious goals towards his clients, a woman with love for others. You're honest when it comes to investment Thanks for changing my life financial i will be greedy if I don’t share this guys Contact LisaJackson022 for a success trade

Myanmar junta urged to let envoy meet Suu KyiEight countries and the EU diplomatic chief urged the Myanmar junta to let a regional special envoy meet ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Regal matriarch Lily Monteverde welcomes move to reopen cinemas in Metro Manila'Let us help revive our movies, our theaters, our entertainment industry as a whole including concerts, shows.' - Mother Lily Monteverde. Mother lily monteverde malabo ba yan theater sa loob inclusion mas dadami ang covid on

Sinful, savory, satisfying: A mouthwatering guide to Pampanga's sisigAre you TeamAlingLucing or TeamMilas? Or is there a Pampanga hole-in-the-wall that's your go-to? Highblood john pagka too much ang kinain yan cabaongan labas mo diyan Tikim tikim konte pwede pero pag kanilang takamura ng tao diyan marami akong friends nangyari diyan ako naman na yari ako sa sugar jabetis ako Milas's opkors 👍

MWP 2021 Tracy Maureen Perez: ‘I am still the same simple Bisaya girl with big dreams’CEBU, Philippines –Newly-crowned Miss World Philippines 2021 Tracy Maureen Perez finally took to social media on Friday, October 15, to share her pageant stint’s experience. After being inactive on social media, she finally breaks her silence, “It’s been a while since the msworldphil Coronation Night and haven’t been active on social media but I must […]