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#21 Rod.H

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 01:31 AM

The main one I was waiting on from Hobby Search, departed the day after yours. I received a bunch of parcels today with a mix of November  & December shipping dates and almost countries as a non-train one from the Seatle area turned up too. 

 

My suspicions on why one was pulled for a customs check was the packing paper inside had a faint odor of something, so the dog must've tripped on it.



#22 keiichi77

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 08:37 AM

I'm waiting on a package that was shipped on November 14. I think it must be on a slow boat going around Cape Horn. This is the longest wait I've had for a SAL package.


I am also waiting for a SAL package shipped mid November, according to tracking it is still sitting in Tokyo. This is also the longest I have had to wait foe a SAL shipment.

#23 bill937ca

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 05:39 PM

I am also waiting for a SAL package shipped mid November, according to tracking it is still sitting in Tokyo. This is also the longest I have had to wait foe a SAL shipment.

 

That's why I avoid SAL shipping now.  SAL only gets available space on planes and if the number of flights is down (as it was after 2010) and the volume is up it sits.  My experience is that it will sit again once it gets to Vancouver.  My experience has been 5-6 weeks without any peak loads and Winter holidays in Japan.

 

I did have one Registered Air Small Packet parcel from a Rakuten dealer arrive almost as fast as EMS when it was shipped in late November. It might be the way to go.


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#24 Oz_Paul

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 02:30 AM

Agreed. I just received a registered air packet from ModelTrainPlus which arrived almost as quickly as an EMS. This is inspite of the Xmas rush.
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#25 Takahama Trainwatcher

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 03:21 AM

Had one sent 23rd December small packet SAL, and got it in a week and a half.



#26 bill937ca

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 05:50 AM

At 800g, per the Hobby Search chart.    http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/ems

 

1,290 Yen for Registered SAL

880 Yen for SAL,

2540 Yen for EMS 

2700 Yen for SAL Parcel

 

I think I will try Registered SAL for a while.


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#27 tossedman

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 04:04 PM

Finally got my package that was shipped on Nov. 14 today. Got one on Monday that came via DHL. It was ordered on Thursday of last week. DHL was about ¥1000 cheaper than EMS as well. 

 

Cheers eh,

 

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#28 katoftw

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 04:24 PM

David aka L1H sent me a Kiha 72 by SAl on the 31st of December.  Arrive today, the 13th of January.  Pretty good considering the normal time is 3 weeks and their is a major holiday period in between.



#29 nah00

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 03:08 PM

Finally got my package that was shipped on Nov. 14 today. Got one on Monday that came via DHL. It was ordered on Thursday of last week. DHL was about ¥1000 cheaper than EMS as well. 

 

Cheers eh,

 

Todd

 

DHL is awesome when you can use it, Mandarake has it as an option and most of the time it ends up being less expensive than even SAL. 


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#30 cteno4

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 04:32 PM

Yes DHL has been cheaper and even faster than EMS for me in DC these days, but few offer it and I still default to Sal to save money for more trains, I'm patient...

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#31 brill27mcb

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 04:46 PM

DHL seems to be prohibitively expensive from Germany to the U.S., often $40 or more to ship a single piece of rolling stock on many commercial vendors' Ebay listings.

 

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#32 velotrain

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 09:23 PM

DHL seems to be prohibitively expensive from Germany to the U.S., often $40 or more to ship a single piece of rolling stock on many commercial vendors' Ebay listings.

 

Rich K.

 

I haven't looked for a while, but thought I'd seen individual sellers listing under $20, but then that may not have tracking.

 

This is my favorite shop there, and I recall their shipping being under $40 - they use a box in a box, which has never seemed necessary.

 

http://www.modellbah...CFYGLswodZdEHTA


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#33 nah00

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 12:58 PM

One thing about Mandarake and DHL is that they seem to cut you a break if you're making a large purchase or a regular customer. It's also depends on the store, Sapporo seems to always give me the best prices. 

 

Fedex used to be great and less than EMS but now is more and seems to take longer. 


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#34 Sir Madog

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 09:02 AM

DHL seems to be prohibitively expensive from Germany to the U.S., often $40 or more to ship a single piece of rolling stock on many commercial vendors' Ebay listings.

 

Rich K.

 

These vendors are ripping you off! DHL charges are not more than $17!


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#35 cteno4

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 09:12 AM

Many ebay sellers and even many shops here in the us now will jack up international shipping as there is an increasing amount of paperwork to deal with and thus time and hassle for them. I know unless it's a small and cheap item I'm sending overseas the post now want the long form filled out and then most of the info has to be retyped into the system at the post (even though I filled it out online at the usps site and printed it out) and it can take quite a while!

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#36 Suica

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 09:15 AM

These vendors are ripping you off! DHL charges are not more than $17!

Commercial vendors are usually very cautious about damage and theft, so they choose a proper shipping method with actual insurance and tracking. A standard package to the US starts at 37,99€

The $17 you mention is a small parcel completely without tracking and insurance.

 

In general you can say without a doubt that DHL charges in/from Germany are overpriced.


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#37 Sascha

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 03:05 PM

After 11 day at the Post Office in Japan, my EVA is on its way. I wonder what happened.
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#38 Suica

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 03:20 PM

After 11 day at the Post Office in Japan, my EVA is on its way. I wonder what happened.

The people at that post office must've had a good time~


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