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South Korean Wigs: gabalnara Possible American seller *FINAL UPDATE* 
3rd-Apr-2012 05:26 pm
Jajoong
Can I have everyone's opinion of something?

I know Americans don’t really have access to many South Korean high quality wigs. My korean roommate is planning on setting up a wig shop for American buyers who can’t buy them from:

http://www.pinkage.co.kr/
http://gabalnara.com/

However, she’s worried that people don’t have the money to buy it if she opens a stand at a convention or something? Korean quality is very high quality and not really cheap compared to Chinese sellers.

For example:

http://www.pinkage.co.kr/Front/Product/?url=Product&product_no=SFSELFAA0004960&main_cate_no=MAIN_2&display_group=1

This is 89,000 won in krn = $79.14

or

http://gabalnara.com/Front/Product/?url=Product&product_no=SFSELFAA0001822&main_cate_no=AB000000&display_group=1

This is 59,800 won = $53.14


If she ups the price by like $5-7 for the fact that she’s personally getting them and importing them (she'll probably have to pay a merchant fee), do you personally think it’s worth it?

I think she can appeal to a lolita crowd with a majority of the wigs, but do you think people would spend the money if they knew the quality? Normally, they’d have to go pay thru a shopping service and then pay international shipping ($15+ from korea).

If possible, if you have lolita friends, We’d like opinions and feedback. 

She would like to set up tables at anime conventions such as Otakon or Katsucon. Or even set up a pre-order service where people can just pick up the wigs at conventions. If anything, she'd even set up a blog or website for customers.

Please reply here or let me know how you feel here, or on my fanpage: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mir-Dominance-Cosplay/198988590132400

We need all the feedback we can get this year to determine whether or not she will buy the wigs when she goes back to South Korea this fall.


***UPDATE Based on feedback***

So, if she did an online website, she'd have to start shipping wigs as well. So the markup may be a little higher since we have to add the shipping fee which should only be about $3-4 more for US Postal Service. (So a total of maybe a $10 markup?)

We want to be able to give some sort of deal and not go over how much people normally pay for international shipping.

But I'm sensing that people feel more secure since they'll know the wig is already in the US and the shipping time is shorter?


**FINAL UPDATE**

So, we actually got in touch with the representative of gabalnara last night!!!!!

We were given the quota for actually doing this. We have to buy a certain stock amount and sell them within a month or month and a half in order for them to keep wanting to sell through us.  They actually have NO american sellers or dealers and the owner was shocked that Americans were so interested in purchasing. So definitely our first order will be a limited number of wigs to see if it sells well.  Our starting store has to be through ebay.  If it goes well, we'll have the funds to open a blog or official website.

This weekend, I will be back here to post a survey here on egl for votes on which wigs types are most popular so we can order wigs people will buy. There's no way we will be able to afford the entire website's selection since we're buying out of our own pockets.

We will also most likely take pre-orders for our first batch through ebay.  If you definitely have a wig you want, we can definitely reserve you a space in our first shipment and you'd just pay as a pre-order (if we have more people chip in the first order, it's less money we'd have to personally dish out and then later earn back.)  This way, as soon as we get the wigs, we can just ship directly to you.

IF this goes well, the owner will keep supplying us with wigs to keep the shop open. He seemed extremely interested in how this might go.

This will take time to sort out completely (about maybe a month or so until we have official clearance).  But it looks like my roommate will be doing this seriously.

Stay tuned for surveys and opinions. We need all the feedback we can get to make this happen!!

P.S. We've decided to drop pinkage because there are too many various quality complaints.  They seem to be hit or miss and we don't want to be responsible for customer complaints because it'll be difficult to return the product. Gabalnara has the BEST wig services in South Korea.

Comments 
3rd-Apr-2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
I would love to have better access to South Korean brands like Gabalnara. I *hate* cheap wigs and brands like GLW are just the easiest for people to obtain here. But I find their quality so horrible I won't buy from them (plus their styles/lack of good natural colors renders them useless to me anyway), and instead get my wigs from Yesstyle.com, since they carry Gabalnara and Gabalmania. But these wigs frequently take 2-3 weeks to be delivered. If someone opened up an online store (or blog order system) in the US selling in-stock Gabalnara wigs, I would definitely purchase them! I don't really attend cons, let alone the larger anime conventions, so I wouldn't be able to get them that way. Gabalnara is absolutely worth the price tag!
3rd-Apr-2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
thank you for your input. We'll keep the con information in mind as well.

My roomie goes to korea at least once or twice a year for 1-3 months at a time and she's debating whether or not to contact pinkage and gabalnara for a wholesale seller deal.

If she were to just open an online shop without having wigs in stock, then she'd feel like a shopping service and the shipping would take longer since she'd have to place the order to herself and then ship to you, etc... But if she buys them first when she goes to korea and has them in stock in the US, shipping is cut down to mere days.
3rd-Apr-2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
I would be willing to pay the extra markup for Gabalnara. Their wigs are amazing quality, and you get what you pay for.
14th-Apr-2012 12:04 am (UTC)
Pre-orders are now open if you'd like to pre-order specific wig from gabalnara:

http://thesixthstation.livejournal.com/28987.html
3rd-Apr-2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
I probably wouldn't buy at a convention, but I might buy online. I tend not to make purchases like that at cons - that's actually the kind of thing I'd look into in preparation for a con.
3rd-Apr-2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
awesome. thnx for that. I know con goers generally buy cosplay wigs, but we've never really seen just plain wigs that can be used for classic lotlita, etc...
3rd-Apr-2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
Pinkage wigs have exellent Quality I own a long red one from them and I couldn't be happier with it. It's worth the price and I would be willing to pay a marked up price.
3rd-Apr-2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
did u order directly from them? or use a shopping service. She's trying to give people a break on the shipping so she's looking into how much people usually pay for international shipping
3rd-Apr-2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
The Gabalnara wigs are supposed to be spectacular, so I wouldn't mind a markup on them. GLW wigs cost $40-$56 and up, and they can be hit or miss with their quality. I would love to have access to Gabalnara or Pinkage. I've been browsing their sites for a while, but have always been far too hesitant to order internationally. I think this would be a great idea for Lolitas everywhere!
3rd-Apr-2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
thnx so much for the input. another thing she's debating is styling services. Gabalnara is actually a shop and salon. When you buy the wig in store, they will style the bangs and everything for your for about 10-20 depending inorder to fit the wig style to your face type, etc... but that's a whole nother thing to think about ^^
3rd-Apr-2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
I would LOVE easier access to galbanera/gabalmania wigs. I would prefer an online shop though over cons since I generally don't go to cons.
3rd-Apr-2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
okies, I'll pass the word that most likely online shop would be the best option. :)
3rd-Apr-2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
I would happily pay the markup for both :)
14th-Apr-2012 12:05 am (UTC)
Pre-orders are now open if you'd like to pre-order specific wig from gabalnara:

http://thesixthstation.livejournal.com/28987.html
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3rd-Apr-2012 10:38 pm (UTC)
yea, we're not sure about pinkage quality. we plan on ordering wigs from both companies to test their quality to see if its worth the price, etc... if we sense problems, we'll know which styles to avoid buying from them so that we wont have to deal with much customer service problems.

if you dont mind me asking, do u remember which wig you've purchased from pinkage?
3rd-Apr-2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
to be honest, I'm not sure if I'd want a wig for $80+ it's just too much for me. I'd pay $60 though, in either case, I'd need to be convinced that they are a lot better than something I'd normally buy. But I agree that selling online would be a huge positive.
3rd-Apr-2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
yes, the $80 is a bit extreme, but i wanted to an example of an expensive wig and a more normal wig. to show the variety. most of their wigs are in the 40-60 range.
3rd-Apr-2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
I would appreciate access to Gabalnara wigs that are shipped from the US, and I'd certainly be willing to pay an extra $10-15 for the convenience. I don't go to cons at all, and I'm a bit of an online shopping addict, so I vote online shop :)
14th-Apr-2012 12:05 am (UTC)
Pre-orders are now open if you'd like to pre-order specific wig from gabalnara:

http://thesixthstation.livejournal.com/28987.html
4th-Apr-2012 12:39 am (UTC)
I've been considering buying a high quality wig, but the idea of a shopping service always stops me. If your friend had an online store, I'd be very interested! :) I think about a $10 markup is very reasonable, especially if it includes shipping. Being located in the US is also an appealing factor for faster shipping times.
14th-Apr-2012 12:05 am (UTC)
Pre-orders are now open if you'd like to pre-order specific wig from gabalnara:

http://thesixthstation.livejournal.com/28987.html
4th-Apr-2012 12:52 am (UTC)
I would love an online store for Gabalnara wigs! I own 4 Gabalnara wigs and 1 Pinkage one, and while I love the pinkage one Gabalnara is by far my favorite *__*. Also, as a cosplayer, I still do and have used my Gabalnara wigs for cosplay, and I actually procured that Pinkage one for a cosplay too. ^___^; Sometimes I rather have quality instead of being cheap. I figured out long ago that if I really want to cosplay well I might as well invest in it too. \o/ Sorry, I'm an avid cosplayer lol. So yes! I'm more than happy to pay the markup if it means it's going to be more convenient and for the quality as well. :3

Also, +1 to the online store! While I do bring money to cons I don't go to cons with the mindset that I'm going to buy something. But if I'm going to a con, I'm definitely going to be buying a lot of things in order to go to the con. :)
14th-Apr-2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Pre-orders are now open if you'd like to pre-order specific wig from gabalnara:

http://thesixthstation.livejournal.com/28987.html
4th-Apr-2012 12:56 am (UTC)
Since I buy wigs once in a while. Like a really good wig $70-$100 once a year I'd totally be open to paying for a high quality wig. I'd rather buy from a site year round since I'm usually spending money at cons on stuff I can't easily get like a wig but it still would be nice to see them in person. Also think about getting the cute Korean hair accessories that are found cheaply or something. Like hats and ear muffs. Jut as little things to add to the shop maybe.

Edited at 2012-04-04 12:58 am (UTC)
14th-Apr-2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Pre-orders are now open if you'd like to pre-order specific wig from gabalnara:

http://thesixthstation.livejournal.com/28987.html
4th-Apr-2012 02:22 am (UTC)
I'd be very interested in these if I knew just what sets them apart from other wigs. Better quality yes, but how exactly are they better quality? Are they softer, thicker, or are they less prone to tangles? I'm a cosplayer more so than a lolita, so wig specifics are important to me when deciding what to buy.
4th-Apr-2012 03:17 am (UTC)
this wigs tangle less and it feels closer to human hair texture. The wigs also hold product better. so if u decide to wash the wig and u want to curl it again, you can re-style it.
4th-Apr-2012 03:52 am (UTC)
I would totally love the option of buying Gabalnara wigs online. I would be willing to pay about a $10 markup, more or less depending on the original price of the wig. Probably $10 more or so for shipping in a box. I think Pinkage has hit or miss quality, so I wouldn't be as willing to buy from them again. I tend to buy one expensive wig a year, but haven't had access to Gabalnara for a while now so i'm excited to read this.
14th-Apr-2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Pre-orders are now open if you'd like to pre-order specific wig from gabalnara:

http://thesixthstation.livejournal.com/28987.html
4th-Apr-2012 09:05 am (UTC)
Commenting on the update: I would feel more convident and comforable to buy something straight from a store, instead of buying something from a website in a language I can't read through a shopping service. It's a lot easier and if you have any questions or concerns, you can ask the seller straight away. I would understand the mark-up and if it's not too ridiculous (i'd say $10 is fine) i wouldn't mind it at all.
14th-Apr-2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Pre-orders are now open if you'd like to pre-order specific wig from gabalnara:

http://thesixthstation.livejournal.com/28987.html
4th-Apr-2012 11:28 am (UTC)
I would totally buy from Gabalnara. I have tried to order from them for almost a moth and in spite of changing banks/cards and so on, I couldn't pay them :( So the only option is a ss which charge around 20%. 10 $ mark up is a fair deal and even living in Europe I would buy a wig from your friend if she would provide different sizes of wigs and cheaper international shipping (not only EMS). All in all it should end up a better solution than hiring a ss. Main point is that this idea opens Korean's quality to wider group of receivers and should raise general level of gothic lolita (and others). New people to this fashion would be directed to better quality and avoid cheap effect, allowing earlier ripening.
14th-Apr-2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Pre-orders are now open if you'd like to pre-order specific wig from gabalnara:

http://thesixthstation.livejournal.com/28987.html
4th-Apr-2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
I know I am late to reply & you already have everything figured out, but i would rather pay more money for an awesome wig. Then get two cheap crappy wigs.

I am most interested in just a brown or blonde medium-long length, that is curly or wavy and can be pinned in cute styles :)
14th-Apr-2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Pre-orders are now open if you'd like to pre-order specific wig from gabalnara:

http://thesixthstation.livejournal.com/28987.html
5th-Apr-2012 04:47 am (UTC)
I'm anxious for this survey on wig types! Hopefully there is a good hime style, or a nice thick blonde, maybe?

GLW is great for bright colors and clip in falls and all, but for brunette and especially blonde wigs, I'd prefer, and would definitely pay for, a nice high quality wig like a Gabalnara.
14th-Apr-2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Pre-orders are now open if you'd like to pre-order specific wig from gabalnara:

http://thesixthstation.livejournal.com/28987.html
7th-Apr-2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
I would definitely pay that price for a wig online. As others have said, I don't attend cons for/in lolita (I go to comic con or other fantasy cons rarely). I think its also important that you think about the wigs you are stocking. For example, I don't really like the example you posted above with the 'gradation' look in the roots. To me, that looks like someone who dyes their hair and has been slacking about getting the roots redone. I would buy blondes, red, light browns or some of their more unusual colors like platinum blond/pink. I wouldn't buy the dark brown basic color they offer most often because that would look unnatural on me (although it looks the most natural to their core Korean customer base).

I love the idea!!
14th-Apr-2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Pre-orders are now open if you'd like to pre-order specific wig from gabalnara:

http://thesixthstation.livejournal.com/28987.html
12th-Apr-2012 05:18 am (UTC)
I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to be able to buy some Gabalnara wigs. I am so in love with there wavey, but I think online would be best. You reach more people that way :) I do agree that it makes me feel better if it's already in the US. I really hope your friend does this because I want to buy at least 4 of them.
14th-Apr-2012 12:07 am (UTC)
Pre-orders are now open if you'd like to pre-order specific wig from gabalnara:

http://thesixthstation.livejournal.com/28987.html
15th-Apr-2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
I am in the middle of trying to order wigs through them right now and their posting order system is extremely complicated and difficult. It won't even let me post :(

So yes, I'd be interested in this and I would be willing to do a pre-order as well for their Prima-H wigs.
17th-Apr-2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
we've made a lj community for people who want updates:

http://gabal_spice.livejournal.com/
19th-Apr-2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
You would make me sooooo happy if you guys really did succeed in becoming US Galbanara sellers! I love their wigs but I only ever bought one when I was in Seoul :(
19th-Apr-2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
we've actually set up a pre-order system for our first batch order that ends April 27th. After that we'll just have in-stock wigs to sell.

If you're interested in buying or just want to participate in our surveys, here's our page: gabal_spice.livejournal.com

We've also made twitter, facebook, and tumblr pages for those who want to keep track of our progress and see what wigs we get in stock.

:)
19th-Apr-2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
Question: If you guys do succeed in making an ebay site, is it possible to request a wig if it's not included on your ebay but IS included in the Galbanara site?
19th-Apr-2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
this first batch we are taking pre-orders for those who request specific wigs. Our test batch is small, so we're offering a chance to people who know exactly what they want to get.

After this we have to do complete stock orders based on the surveys that say which wigs are most popular because the batchs are gonna come in bigger quantities and it's hard to just throw in specific orders based on size, etc...

you can comment on our survey page if you want to throw in wigs you think would sell if we ordered in quantity. :)
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