South Korea is a growing economy and a huge market for several things. Although South Korea is moderately cheaper while compared to other countries, buying all necessities, and indulging in some hobbies, can be quite expensive. If you are a foreigner residing in South Korea, you might face situations where you might have to buy and sell used things. Even if you are not a foreigner, you might have to do the same. Especially if you are a student in South Korea, or on a tight budget, you would buy and sell used things, as they would be cheaper.
Buying and selling used things is cost saving. But it comes with some cons as well. There is a big chance of fraud happening. A lot of platforms to buy and sell used things are not registered, increasing the fraud chance. You might end up losing money, or precious things during the process.
But don’t worry! Here we introduce you to 5 reliable platforms for buying and selling used things in South Korea. Buy and sell whatever used item you want through any of these platforms, and reduce the element of fraud.
Joongonara, one of the online cafes from Naver Cafe is the biggest platform for buying and selling used things in Korea. Most of the platforms for buying and selling used items in South Korea revolve around Seoul. It’s difficult to find used items in other cities. The best part about Naver Cafe Joonggonara is that it features buyers and sellers from all over South Korea. It has over 21 million active users that are buying and selling used things. From daily household items to fashionable, extravagant stuff, everything can be found here. The app and website focus a lot on user security and trust. Sellers’ identities and information is verified to eliminate the chance of fraud. The information includes bank account, contact details, and transaction history.
Karrot app is another popular customer-to-customer online buying and selling platform for used things in South Korea. It has almost 6.6 million users. The app is available for download on both Android and iOs phones. Firstly, the app determines your location and shows you, sellers, in a 5km distance. Secondly, you can also change your location to another place. The main purpose of the Karrot App is to show you sellers close to your location. This can make buying and selling used items a lot easier. The best part of this app is that it is available in both English and Korean. Therefore, if you are a foreigner living in Korea, this is a good choice for you.
Bunjang holds the record of being South Korea’s first online platform for buying and selling used items. It has 10 million active users. It sells around 1.5 million used items every month. Users love this app because of its security measures, to remove the possibility of scam. The best feature of the app is that it keeps payment on hold until the product reaches the buyer. When the buyer approves of the product, only then the app transfers the payment to the seller. This eliminates every chance of the seller sending defective goods. The app also shows reviews for every seller, so the buyer can easily decide who to buy from. A messaging feature is also available on the app, through which the buyer and seller can communicate. That means that the users don’t have to share their numbers and stay more secure.
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The internationally used app Craigslist buys and sells almost everything. The app allows posting for selling items in any language. But most of the posts that you would find on Craigslist Korea are in English. Most of the foreigners residing in Korea use Craigslist to buy and sell used items. This is why the prices of things on Craigslist are higher than other apps. People usually sell and buy in dollars. This is why this app is the best online platform for buying and selling used things for foreigners residing in Korea. The app allows you to make the transaction online or meet the seller to do the transaction.
Facebook is used all around the world to buy and sell stuff. From daily household things to furniture, nearly everything is bought and sold on Facebook. In Korea, several Facebook groups are present, that buy and sell used things in nearly every city. You can find anything in these Facebook groups at very reasonable prices. But these Facebook groups are not very trustable. There is no way to verify a buyer or seller. This means a high chance of scam is involved. You have to be very careful while buying and selling used items through Facebook Groups.
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