7:07 am - 06/07/2019

BLINKs get “scammed” by Shopee for BLACKPINK Meet-and-Greet

MANILA - The goal was to get their hands on the precious autographs of Korean pop group Blackpink, and in the process of doing so, fans of the group spent tens of thousands of pesos on products they don't really need just so they can be part of the leaderboard.

Two fans of the popular K-pop group, who both requested anonymity, shared to ABS-CBN News what they had to go through just to be part of Online retailer Shopee Philippines' "top 40 spenders" who will get autographs from Jisoo, Lisa, Jennie and Rose.

Hoping to maintain their place in the top 40, both "Tina" and "Belle" spent a total of P105,000 on products sold on Shopee Philippines.

Tina said she bought four new mobile phone units just so she can maintain her place in the top 40.

Belle said Shopee would post updates of who are included in the "top 40 spenders" every other day, and as of Wednesday, the person in the 40th spot spent almost P80,000.

Both of them thought they're part of the top 40 and would go home with the girls' signatures.

But both of them received bad news on the day of the event.

Belle said she got a ticket for the event, but she was supposedly not part of the top 40, which means she wouldn't be getting the autographs.

She went to the venue early to complain, and that's when she learned there were others who had the same case as her.

"We were feeling so scammed and all that na parang nawala 'yung worth ng money namin, (We were feeling so scammed and all that like the worth of our money vanished just like that.)" she said.

She added the company's staff tried to resolve the issue but she just gave up and accepted the ticket given to her.

Tina, who also failed to be part of the top 40 based on Shopee's latest leaderboard, decided not to attend the meet-and-greet as a form of protest for what she said is unfair treatment by Shopee.

A friend also told her that the 40th person on the leaderboard spent P109,000, which is more than what she spent.

"So Shopee seemed to have fixed it, but only the top 40. They said na the 40th person spent almost 109k. Mas mataas sa akin na 105k lang, (So Shopee seemed to have fixed it, but only the top 40. They said that the 40th person spent almost 109k. Higher than mine which is only 105k.)" she tweeted.

"And yes, my decision was final. HINDI AKO PUPUNTA. Shopee gave me so much stress and anxiety and I cant be there neglecting those stuff. Iniisip ko nalang muna, hindi pa ito ang tamang panahon to meet them personally, (And yes, my decision was final. I’M NOT GOING. Shopee gave me so much stress and anxiety and I can’t be there neglecting those stuff. I’m just thinking this isn’t the right time yet to meet them personally.)" she added.

Shopee Philippines apologized in an official statement and acknowledged that the event "fell short of the high standards that users and Blackpink fans expect."

"All of us at Shopee would like to sincerely apologize to users and fans of Shopee and Blackpink for the issues involving the Shopee x Blackpink meet-and-greet today in Manila.

"The event fell short of the high standards that Shopee users and Blackpink fans expect, and we hear our community’s feedback loud and clear.

"Although we took immediate steps as soon as we discovered our errors to ensure the rightful winners of our contest could claim their prizes, we know that the entire process caused confusion, disappointment, and upset for many Shopee users and Blackpink fans.

"We are reaching out to all those affected by this issue, and we are also taking steps to ensure that such an incident does not occur again in the future."

Source: ABS-CBN News
lil_poisonfrog 7th-Jun-2019 09:12 pm (UTC)
Somebody on here the other day told me that they used the 30 vacation days they get from their job to see BTS on all of their US tour dates, and last year they saw all of their European dates and even flew to Korea for their cb. It's like...great that you're gainfully employed and can afford to do that but I can't imagine spending that much time and money on an artist I like. Obsessing that much over a single thing can't be healthy. Plus, it's only a matter of time before your fave gets exposed for a crime or sth and you get to live with the fact you wasted thousands of dollars making them rich. At least when you spread your money around to different artists/interests, it's not too bad if one day you regret supporting someone since you didn't spend that much on them overall.

Edited at 2019-06-07 09:17 pm (UTC)
goshipgurl 7th-Jun-2019 09:25 pm (UTC)
A girl from my university is also a huge koreaboo and flies to Korea two/three times per year to visit music shows, concerts, fansigns and so on. She's mostly a boygroup stan so it's only a matter of time until one of her fave gets exposed, but on the other hand she's the type that doesn't really care about this stuff.
lil_poisonfrog 7th-Jun-2019 10:01 pm (UTC)
Even if I became rich overnight you wouldn't catch me doing that shit. Esp over men who are almost all younger than me at this point. I saw a pic of this group of international BTS sasaengs "fansites" on Twitter and they all looked to be in their late 20s/early 30s at least. It's embarrassing.
goshipgurl 8th-Jun-2019 06:52 am (UTC)
BTS have many crazy fans in their 30s/40s. I remember this one radio interview with a fan in her 40s when they took off in the states and the way she talked about them... Sis you could be their mother.
xoxkenzxox 8th-Jun-2019 03:51 pm (UTC)
yeah. kpop has turned more into my guilty pleasure like watching Jersey Shore. I'm a fan, I keep up to date and will happily chat about kpop if you want to discuss. But I wont' go out of my way to ask/bombard people about it nor do I outwardly show my "fan-ness". I'm late 20s and older than all these new groups. Now I know how people felt when Taemin originally debuted at 16 with SHINee. Gosh I feel old.
lil_poisonfrog 8th-Jun-2019 09:38 pm (UTC)
I'm around the same age as you and while I wouldn't call it a guilty pleasure (any more so than listening to American pop), I def don't go around bringing it up to people unless I know they're already a fan. The only thing I have rn that outwardly shows I like it is the RV wrist strap I have on my keys. But no one's ever said anything to me about it.
xoxkenzxox 9th-Jun-2019 06:51 pm (UTC)
I listen to the music at work so if people ask what I'm listening to I will say it. But I don't even have any decoration.
xoxkenzxox 8th-Jun-2019 03:47 pm (UTC)
A new girl at my work heard that I liked kpop and immediately asked me how many concerts I had been to. I told her honestly only about 2-3 because of different issues such as getting off work/paying insane ticket prices/not my faves/I won't drive 5 hours to the next city to see some random act. She then proceeded to brag about how she had been to over 100 concerts including flying to other US state/countries to see them perform. Yeah...I'm good.

I'm a ten year kpop fan. I'm happy with my one or two shows. They are special to me. I don't need to tally them up. I don't need all the flash and glitter. I'm happy enough.
lil_poisonfrog 8th-Jun-2019 09:41 pm (UTC)
100 concerts?!!? Where do ya'll live??? How does she even have the time and money for that geez. I've only been to one so far (Kcon) and have a ticket for Twice this summer. I might go to more if I had the money and time but still probably no more than 2-3 per year at the very most.

I really hate how hard it is to meet older multifans who are chill about it. Liking Kpop groups casually is a rare thing I guess. Ppl either don't care or they're super OTT and obsessive about it.
xoxkenzxox 9th-Jun-2019 06:55 pm (UTC)
It's not all concerts that come here. She flies around going to every kcon in LA and NY. She travels a lot to Dallas for all the shows there (they always go to Dallas but I will NOT drive 4-5 hours. no thank you). No idea how much money she has spent. But she's fresh out of college so maybe her parents paid. No idea.

HAHA! I'm chill about it I think. Like, KARD and Epik High came and those were great concerts on the weekend. But when Oh My Girl came on like a Tuesday I was good. I wish I could support but I have to live my life too. Maybe I should be a bigger fan....but I don't have the time to follow everything like I did in high school/college. Real life takes over at some point.

Also, the sudden emergence of new BTS/kpop fans is overwhelming to me.
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