Kpop fans all around the world are very loyal. They are so loyal they will buy almost anything online related to their favorite Kpop group or star. Even some of the most useless Kpop Merchandise is selling! South Korean Kpop merchandise sales were at an all-time high in 2022 at over $170 million.
SM Entertainment, HYBE, JYP Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and many other Kpop Entertainment companies have ramped up the production of Kpop merchandise over the years. With the success of TWICE, STRAY KIDS, SEVENTEEN, and others, it doesn’t seem like this will slow down anytime soon. Kpop fans will enthusiastically spend their money getting whatever merchandise they can. Even if they can be useless. Sure, there are useful products like slippers, tumblers, bags, pens, notebooks, mugs, etc. However, there are also a lot of useless products and even more counterfeit/unofficial goods.
Here is our list of the top 10 most useless Kpop merchandise online (Excluding Lightsticks).
Daesung Ice Tray – Worst Kpop Merchandise
The most useless Kpop merchandise has to be the Daesung Ice Tray. You can find some interesting items on Chinese online sites. However, this has to be a joke. This has to be fake, no? At no point in my life did I ever think to myself….you know what would go great with this cold drink? Daesung’s body parts…Nothing makes coke taste better than Daesung’s nose…We understand that Big Bang is one of the biggest Kpop Boy Groups of all time…but this is ridiculous. I pray no member in Big Bang ever meets a fan with this item.
BTOB Body Pillow
A lifesize body pillow of BTOB? Nothing inappropriate about this at all…they would never make these pillows for a female Kpop group because that would be controversial. How creepy would it be if a guy had lifesize pillows of BLACKPINK members in his room? This is highly inappropriate for young girls to have in their beds. The only reason this is not #1 on our list of the top 10 useless Kpop merchandise is that technically you can use this; it is just creepy.
Super Junior Ramen
Well, at least this is Kpop merchandise you can eat. But seriously, why was this created? Was Super Junior behind the recipe for this product? Did they have any role in the recipe? If it tastes like Super Junior, I am sure it will be a top seller. But you have to wonder, as an advertiser, would a K-pop fan skip their usual ramen and go with this, strictly because Super Junior brands it? Based on the packaging, it is highly likely that this spicy ramen has a chance to give you diarrhea. Why would a Kpop drop want to associate themselves with such an explosive product if it does?
Taemin Shower Curtain
Nothing is more romantic than Taemin looking at you as you wash your body. Also, check out his expression! Not disturbing at all. Could you imagine people visiting and walking into the bathroom only to see the gigantic head of an Asian man? I know it would scare the crap out of me for sure, especially if I didn’t know anything about Kpop. How can you use the toilet in that situation? Could you imagine having guests over and seeing this as they walk into the restroom?
Jeongyeon Pot Stand
Not sure if this Kpop merchandise is for Jeongyeon fans or anti-fans. Has anyone wanted to put a hot pot on Jeongyeon’s face? Now they can….imagine after multiple uses….her face will probably melt. Trust me, I use these pot stands often, and it only takes a few uses before it gets filled with stains or burnt. I wonder if other Twice members have their pot stand or if this was only made for Jeongyeon.
I am all for jewelry; if you buy Kpop merchandise, you can’t go wrong with jewelry. However, these rings are made for children. This would be great for EXO fans in Elementary school, but the average age of EXO fans is 16 and above. These are made for children under 10. If these children ask for EXO rings, their parents must be examined. Not fully sure how much this costs, but spending more than a few dollars is criminal. My best guess is that producing them all costs less than 50 cents.
BTS Necklace Ring
I just don’t get it. At least with a ring, you can wear it. However, this is a necklace ring. Why not make a necklace earring…that would be just as useless. Could someone explain why a Kpop fan would buy this? Maybe I am missing something here. If you are going to buy a necklace, buy a necklace. If you are going to buy a ring, buy a ring. This only makes sense if it was a ring worn by one of the members and does not fit on your finger. So you made the best of things and turned them into a necklace. That is the only way this makes any sense.
I don’t think Kpop fans are big Rubik’s cube fans. Unless they are trying to solve a Rubix cube while waiting hours to buy tickets or enter stadiums, I could be wrong, but no one is listening to EXO and thinking…you know what…I want to solve a puzzle. Useless, and if EXO can get a Kpop fan to try and solve a Rubik’s cube, then Kpop needs to be incorporated into Korean education. The biggest question is…how much money goes directly to the EXO members, and how much goes to SM Entertainment? If EXO can bring back the Rubix cube, they should be the greatest Kpop boy group ever.
SHINee letter sealing kit
This is 2023; no one writes letters anymore. In the last handwritten letter I got, I thought someone in my family was kidnapped. When was the last time you got a letter or even mailed a letter? SHINee text emojis are probably more useful than this letter-sealing kit. The only ones who would appreciate these handwritten letters are fellow K-pop fans who will probably not even want to ruin all the work you put into sealing the letter by opening it. This is not just useless Kpop merchandise; letter sealing kits are useless.
If you are interested in stuff like this, you might as well join a Kpop subscription service.
EXO Milk Memo Pads
People realize you can buy post-it notes for less than a dollar, right? Not saying this is useless, which is why it is #10 on this list, but do we need to put Kpop stars on everything? Tao does not need to take up about 20% space on the notepad. This is the perfect example of how putting Kpop on anything helps it sell. You might as well sell Kpop A4 printing paper…it will be coming soon.
Did I miss anything? If you find other useless Kpop merchandise online, please let me know so I can review it and add it to this list!