Being new to Army, being able to get tickets through Ticketmaster to see BTS live in LA was a brutal experience. I literally felt like I was going to war with fellow Armys for the chance to see Minkook in those wonderful Black Swan outfits.
Sidenote: Their stylist(s) need raises and to be properly thanked by Army for the magical custom attire. I mean, just look at Jimin in this gorgeous outfit. *sigh*
What could possibly top the experience of fighting on Ticketmaster for tickets? Fighting on this nerve wrecking app called Weverse shop. Ever heard of it?
Weverse shop is that place you go when you want to feel as if you are putting your BTS Membership to good use. Majority of the items available don't require a membership to purchase. Pictures of things that display sold out over top remain as a way to torment you. Forcing you to drown your sadness in Memories or a little purple whale something that is available for sale.
While I have purchased many BTS merch off the site in the past, none of those experiences prepared me for the insanity that I experienced over the last few days. For the last month, the guys have been promoting their By BTS merch on Weverse. Starting with Jin, over the last month, each member put on a showcase to basically show and tell what products they have made for Army. Not gonna to lie, I literally wanted everything that was available for sale.
At 11am KST, I would log onto Weverse shop only to watch the coming soon change to sold out in a matter of seconds. Yes, you heard me right. In a matter of seconds! Like, literally there was nothing left. All I kept thinking was, is this normal? Is this some kind of a Weverse shop mistake?
Each member's release seemed to have items disappearing faster and faster than the previous pre-order sale. I was fearful of just what would happen when it was time for Jimin's collection to be put up for pre-order sale. I literally was convinced that based on everything I had seen, there was no way that I wanted to enter that battle ground. Afterall, I had just done it a few months back while trying to secure concert tickets. Still suffering from what I liked to call PTTD (Post Traumatic Ticketmaster Disorder). Has anyone else suffered from this as well? Is there a support group for this?
I was going to give up. I was not going to try my hand at grabbing items from Jimin collection, no matter what he was selling. He could be selling farts in a jar and I wasn't going to buy it. Nothing he could sell would convince me to enter the lion's den once more.
Sidenote: Isn't it funny how sometimes we just lie to ourselves? We say we are not going to do something and yet...
The minute I saw Jimin's collection. I KNEW I needed that hoodie. I love hoodies; what I don't care for are pullover hoodies. I don't like getting my hair messed up when trying to pull the hoodie over my head. The fact that I wanted Jimin's hoodie clearly must have been a side effect of the Jimin effect.
When my friends and family would ask me why I wanted that hoodie I had a response already ready. "I want to support Jimin's well thought-out process for his hoodie. He created it to be like a big warm hug from himself to Army." Bahahaha! You should have seen the looks that I got. Priceless!
[credit for the person who made the above image]
The day came for Jimin's pre-order sale and before I even had a chance to consider whether I wanted - the earrings or the hoodie - the earrings were already sold out. I remember pressing the pay button and worrying about if the server would be able to connect to PayPal. The app had been clocking but nothing seemed to be moving. Weverse Shop had basically giving me a mild heart attack by not moving at all.
When I say I felt like I had years taken off my life, I mean it. I might have even stopped breathing for a moment, I am not entirely certain. Then that glorious "Thanks!" screen popped up and I was experiencing two things in that moment. Shock that I had secured a hoodie and sadness that my credit card company was going to love me.
After Jimin's pre-order sale, I was not able to secure anything from the remaining scheduled pre-sales. How is it that Army is so fast?
How is it that if an item is in your cart it is sold right from under you? What is this insanity? It's so not fair, Weverse! I just couldn't believe I had watched the Mikrokosmos lamp slip through my finger tips. There was no way I was going to go on eBay and pay those highway robbery prices that the lamp was being sold for. There is a sucker born every minute, but it wasn't going to be me.
Drowning my sorrows in a bowl full of strawberries, I got a notice that Weverse Shop was going to do a second pre-order sale. I was determined that I was going to have a Mikrokosmos lamp in my bedroom along with Jungkook's hoodie. Just thinking about it now, I am still laughing at just how naïve I was. Like I actually thought that I could secure what I wanted without a massive army of friends to help me out.
Imagine the hunger games combined with the tri-wizard tournament. Got that image in your head? Well, now you know exactly what the second pre-order sale was like. There was clearly some Harry Potter stuff happening there. From frozen screens, closing apps, to "check your address" notifications, the second pre-order was a nightmare!
Who thought it would be a good idea to have an app or even a server that could not handle the volume of Armys that signed on? The second pre-order sale was supposed to go from January 25th until February 7th. However, there was a stipulation that most people might have overlooked. Supplies are limited to ensure that the manufacturer would only be able to complete the orders by the agreed upon second pre-order shipment dates. These items would be built on demand.
Wouldn't it have been better just to say, "Weverse Shop will give anyone who wants merch until Feb. 7th to place their orders? Shipping dates for this pre-order sale are TBD?" By saying this, anyone who wanted merch could pre-order by the 7th of Feb and there wouldn't be certain individuals on eBay selling Mikrokosmos lamp for 10 times the actual cost of the lamp.
It is times like this that I am convinced that Hybe just loves to watch the hysteria online and do nothing but laugh at the battles being waged over merch for BTS. I am certain that Hybe execs sat around that afternoon, eating their lunches and being entertained by Armys going to war over merch.
Like lemmings, we fall prey to the games that are played. We attempt to purchase merch, while secretly hating the shipping costs. Oh gawd! Can we just talk about the insane shipping costs? If you are in the US, you can shop from the USA shop and pay a flat fee of roughly $15 USD. It will travel on a slow boat to the US where it will just sit out at see near a port, until it is allowed to be unloaded and delivered. Considering the state of the US ports right now, the wise decision would be to order from the Global side, thus having your orders flown to the US.
Now imagine getting RM's joggers, Jungkook's hoody, or even Jimin's necklace in your cart and finding out that for the joggers, your shipping along would be roughly $70 USD. For the hoody, you are looking at nearly $90 USD. Want Jimin's earrings flown to the US? Hope you are willing to pay a shipping cost of $40 USD. What the heck are those earrings made from? Why is it costing so much to ship to the USA? The funny part is the shipping prior to that second pre-order sale was not as expensive, so not sure why the high shipping markup.
I had managed to obtain a black hoody from Jungkook but that steep $90 some dollars was not something that I was okay with. So, needless to say, I rushed back to the USA side to attempt to grab it. It was there in my cart, Weverse was trying to connect to PayPal for what seemed like an eternity. I got all the way back to the checkout only to get the dreaded L Black Amryst is Sold Out. The idea of having to go through that process again...I could feel my PTTD kicking in.
I didn't even know if I had it within me to deal with that whole PayPal experience again. Luckily, I didn't have to because a friend had been charged twice by PayPal for the hoodie she had selected. Apparently, this was another common problem occurring. The glitches from the app resulting in people gaining 2 pair of an item when all they wanted was one. As a result I was given the extra hoody, instead of my friend having to attempt to cancel one order while the app was glitching. Again, why is this app so glitchy? Don't they know the size of Army? Wouldn't they want to have servers that can accommodate?
If you have managed to make it through my rant about Weverse, I commend you. I didn't mean to ramble on but these were just a few things as a newer Army that really frustrate me about the Weverse Shop app. As a reward for your patience I give you a minkook that probably looks how you are feeling right now. You're welcome.
summary: “You’ll always be safe with me.” Jeongguk went ahead and declared to the Omega, something whose implications probably he didn’t understand himself because forever was a really long time and their ruse was to end in a month and a half.
Jeon Jeongguk was the regular young Alpha. Except he was rich, widely popular as the hottest unmated Alpha among the notorious tabloids and had a soon-to-be CEO reputation to his name. With life being an impeccable blueprint, Jeongguk just wanted to focus on his work.
The speed-bump comes in the way of his parents insisting on arranging a mating for him which he absolutely couldn't accept and he lies to already having an Omega.
It should be fine right? Fake-date for 6 months till he became a CEO and part as friends? But then Park Jimin happens and Jeongguk finds himself in a vortex of emotions that he only read about in the passionate love stories he used to read as a teenager, leaving his heart reeling.