On the 1st (Korea Standard Time), the Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation released the second medal produced to commemorate the 10th anniversary of BTS's debut. However, some have pointed out the possibility of macro purchases for resale on the sales website.
The commemorative medal to be released this time is even more special with BTS portraits. It also applied new forms and new technologies that are introduced for the first time. The production quantity will also be rare, with 2,000 gold medals and 49,000 silver medals in global limited editions.
On the front, BTS member portraits are carved with 10㎛ (micrometer, 1/m) thick fine lines, and on the back, security patterns and BTS logos are placed. The gold medal represented the whole body of all members, and the silver medal represented the individual portraits of each member.
The sales price (including VAT) is 4.9 million won for gold medals (Au999, 33g, 210×148mm) and 220,000 won for silver medals (Ag999, 12.6g, 120mm). The Mint plans to donate some of the proceeds from the two-time commemorative medal sale to UNICEF. The first commemorative medal, designed with the motif of the BTS logo and the number 10 and released in December last year, sold more than 10,000 copies (6 billion won), marking the highest performance among commemorative medals issued by the corporation.
Pre-orders will be held through the Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation's shopping mall and Gmarket global sites until the 15th and October 2nd, respectively.
President Ban Dae-sik said, "We have created a medal that represents the 10th anniversary by applying new technology suitable for the artist's status," adding, "We plan to donate some of the profits from the commemorative medal to UNICEF."
"BTS Medal" resellers sweep everything?"
According to data submitted by Park Dae-hwan, a member of the National Assembly's Strategy and Finance Committee, on the 4th, the corporation does not currently operate a security program to prevent the use of macro (auto-input repetition) accounts at online product sales channels.
Macro has been criticized for undermining fairness at online windows where many consumers flock, including concert tickets. In some cases, popular products that sold out in an instant were "swept" and resold through macros that automatically entered various step information needed for purchase.
The corporation's position is that it does not operate a security program to prevent macro-use accounts and does not conduct related monitoring as it limits the purchase limit per person for popular products, but Park points out that this is a complacent attitude.
Rep. Park said, "The corporation should preemptively apply a macro defense system to provide fair opportunities, and it is a complacent preparation to filter out users on its own without operating a separate monitoring team."
Exploring the Limited Edition BTS Medals and the Macro Purchase Debate
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