BTS Jungkook’s Japanese magazine cover sells out, causing a crisis in Korea and Japan
A Japanese magazine with BTS Jungkook on its cover has sold out quickly in both Korea and Japan, leading to shocking prize rises.
Recently, BTS member Jungkook graced the cover of the April issue for “K-POP BEST IDOL”, a Japanese magazine. The magazine has since sold out on major Korean and Japanese e-commerce platforms, such as Yes24, Aladdin, and GMarket, as well as on Rakuten Books, Tower Records, Yodobashi, and Neowing.
In addition, the magazine has also become scarce on online 2nd hand marketplaces like Mercari, with some retailers offering it at four to five times the original price due to high demand.
This is not the first time Jungkook’s merchandise has caused a shortage crisis. In particular, since August last year, the male idol’s Special 8 Photo-Folio photobook “Me, Myself, and Jung Kook ‘Time Difference'” sold out on global fan commerce platform Weverse Shop, breaking records by becoming out of stock within minutes of release.
Jungkook’s popularity has also translated into high sales for his photo cards, which have sold for up to $3,213 on eBay and 40 million rupiahs (approximately $2,790) in Indonesia. His GQ Korea and Vogue Korea covers also sold out on major Korean platforms, including Yes24, Aladdin, Kyobo, GMarket, and Ktown4u.
Jungkook’s merchandise has become highly sought-after by fans, with some paying exorbitant prices to own a piece of his merchandise.