Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ordering Pizza Online in Korea: Domino's

One of the great things about the Internet is that you can do simple tasks without having to deal with actual people. Simple tasks like getting food to shove into your face. Sometimes you just don't feel like cooking and you don't want to be bothered to change out of your pajamas to go out to forage. Enter online ordering for food. However, if you're a foreigner living in S. Korea and have limited Korean skills, getting food delivered without the aid of a Korean is nearly impossible. But, fear not, there is a beacon of hope (if I can even bear to call it that): Domino's Pizza is available online for foreigners.

My last resort for pizza

Sure, other pizza places, like Papa John's and Pizza Hut, offer online ordering as well, but their online systems won't accept the ARC (Alien Registration Card) information of foreigners so we can't sign up for their services. Domino's is the only place, so far, that will accept information from foreigners into their online ordering system. So while Domino's is usually the last place I consider ordering from (even in the US), now it's moved up a few slots due to the convenience of being able to place an order online from work and post it to be delivered later in the evening after I get home.

One major pain in the posterior is that you have to register and place your orders using Internet Explorer: for some reason Korean web developers haven't figured out that IE sucks and nobody wants to use it. Another pain is that on my home laptop, the pages take forever to load due to the excessive Active X and other random extra stuff that is completely unnecessary.

Once you get on their site (www.dominos.co.kr), registering is pretty easy. Just click on the English link in the upper-right corner then click Register, which is also located in the upper-right corner. Entering your information is pretty straight forward, luckily. However, when you're ordering and it's time to enter your payment information, that can get a bit confusing. You have to pay with a card online - you can't select to pay cash when the driver arrives. If you use online banking, your bank security information should already be all set up and you'll just need to enter your certificate passwords or whatever else your bank uses. You can even use your American credit card if you want (note: if you have a Visa, you'll have to be registered with "Verified by Visa"). If you don't use online banking, you'll have to jump through a bunch of hoops and enter information on this site.

Another nice thing is that Domino's offers discounts for your first order, ordering multiple pizzas, and other offers that will change over time.

Good luck and happy ordering!

Sure...sure ya know "the pizza" Mr. Samurai-hat-wearing pizza guy

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