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As much as K-pop is all about the catchy music and awesome choreography it provides us, there's another thing that makes the K-pop stan life even more exciting, which is collecting K-pop merchandise!
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Fan culture has evolved tremendously for the past years. Before, fans can only see their faves from music videos and commercials, but now, we have the luxury of ultimate fan service with online and on-site activities such as live-streaming and fan meets. It is no doubt that the dedication of these fans also increases and even exceeds the limits of the internet with their K-pop merchandise collection. While some might think it's a waste of money, it's a beacon of joy for hardcore fans, and we're sure that you agree.
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From photo cards to dolls to image pickets, there are so many ways Kpop stans can show their love for their favorite groups. There are official goods that are produced by their respective companies which are available online and in particular shops. Of course, fans usually start their collection with their bias groups’ physical albums which generally include photo books and photo cards as well. These photo cards make collecting (and trading) more thrilling as some of these are rare and limited, and can come from concerts or other special events. Think of it as Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards with your bias’ selfie on it! Even the concert experience is made more exciting with goods available during their solo concerts. They include shirts, cheering slogans, fans, and even power banks! One essential concert item is the group’s official lightstick as they make every event brighter, more colorful, and fun as you jam along with the hit songs!
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Aside from official goods, fans also hoard fan goods. These fan goods are items made BY fans FOR fans and can be purchased from online marketplaces such as Etsy (here in the USA). Fansite goods are produced by the tireless fansite masters dedicated to their chosen idols. Additionally there are good that they usually release cheering bundles, an annual photobook, calendar, and season’s greetings to commemorate the year’s performances and events. Buying from these unnies (older sisters) will help them buy glamorous gifts for their chosen idols during special occasions or get them better camera equipment for their fansite.
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Fan-made goods can be almost anything from keychains and phone cases to hoodies and jewelry! They are the easiest things to collect as they are comparably cheaper and readily available on the internet or in actual Kpop shops. So if you are a budding collector with a small budget, you may want to collect some fanmade trinkets to start. You can definitely find something whatever your budget is! Apparel and other wearables, be it from official shops or fan-made, are also essential especially as OOTDs for concerts or just your typical everyday wear. What better way to show support for your favorite group than literally wearing their logo and supporting a small business?
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Decide how much you want to spend
Ask yourself these questions
1). Do your research
2). Buy from trusted shops
3). Find a place for storage and organize it!
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Remember that everything starts small and you should feel no pressure in collecting your K-pop faves. Don’t overdo or spend beyond your budget. Take it slow, just enjoy the process and continue to support your idols. You can check out our shop here for some of your K-pop goodies to start with. What are you waiting for? Set small goals for yourself and start your collection today!