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LavenderRumLavenderRum1 month ago
If anyone wanted to visually see how EMS has changed in price, I recently bought two nendoroids from AmiAmi and well:

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Compared to DHL, that's a ¥1,135 difference and compared to Surface Parcel, that's ¥1,380 (wasn't offered air mail this order). Keep in mind that I "saved" money picking DHL since I would have paid the ¥2,045 for one nendo regardless (since they go by volume). EMS price increased when I added another nendo to my order and it was still more than DHL before that.

I knew the price would increase but actually seeing said price really cemented it. I am curious if I have any huge orders if I can use it again (since big volume orders with DHL bite ya in the butt), but since I order smaller things, I don't think I'll be using EMS for now. This is not to encourage others to follow but to share and inform anyone who orders similarly to me. Also, if anyone can share how EMS looks at other sites aside from AmiAmi or their own invoice numbers, that would be great. I see people ask for price estimates a bit so let's help each other. ( ̄▽ ̄)ノ
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Favorite Courier?

11%Surface
35%Air
13%EMS
35%DHL
5%FedEx
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fantasy_trance1 month ago#98183178I'm a big DHL fan. I know they used to be like the most expensive, but man, they are so fast. I really love that speed. I'll be sticking with them from now on. Thnx for the reporting, LavenderRum <3
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Yeah their speed is practically unmatched these days, so even before the pandemic I used them a lot. Glad I could help!
1 month ago
I'm a big DHL fan. I know they used to be like the most expensive, but man, they are so fast. I really love that speed. I'll be sticking with them from now on. Thnx for the reporting, LavenderRum <3

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1 month ago
Lina1 month ago#98160632I wonder about this because my last two orders from Mandarake were all light, smaller items so I expected EMS to be similar or cheaper than DHL since EMS is by weight. One order was a single bluray and the other was a handful of bromides plus a few badges.
For the bluray, EMS was 2900 and 1700 for DHL. For the bromides and badges, EMS was 2400 for EMS and 1400 for DHL. That's quite the difference. I know you said almost, but considering I was buying small, light items, the difference is quite shocking.
Yes, bulky things is where EMS starts to become cheaper than DHL, because DHL's rate seems to really punish dimensional weight.
1 month ago
kin1 month ago#98162340Had an order with Mandarake. DHL was 1660Y and EMS was 2850Y lmao you thought.It really depends on what you're shipping. My last order from Kokura cost either EMS 11600yen or DHL 21270yen.
1 month ago
katta1 month ago#98162288Do you have a source for the "temporary" surcharge? The last time I looked into it, the US was permanently moved to (I think) Zone 4 for pricing from Japan Post, which I guess could be re-evaluated, but that we were going to be paying more for the forseeable future.

Japan Post's site, lol.

"We will have to apply the tentative extra charge for the time being until the reduced number of flights due to COVID-19 has been resolved."
1 month ago
i've noticed EMS has definitely risen in price. i recently placed an order from CDjapan consisting of a book, magazine and one CD. DHL was about $35, Fedex around $45 and EMS a whopping $77. (also, those were the only three options available.) considering the cost of EMS and the fact that it showed a delivery estimate of 1-2 WEEKS, i've been using fedex or DHL almost exclusively. (DHL is usually 1-2 days and i live in the US/new england.)

nowadays i've long abandoned EMS unless it's coming from korea or china. it's more of a DHL vs fedex deal.
1 month ago
I had a pretty large order through AmiAmi last month, just after EMS came back, and my shipping with DHL was 22k yen while EMS was 14k yen.
1 month ago
citrus1 month ago#98160615Mandarake is quite the opposite. I can only assume their DHL contract rate is less favorable, since EMS is almost always cheaper.
Had an order with Mandarake. DHL was 1660Y and EMS was 2850Y lmao you thought.
1 month ago
Nemsy1 month ago#98159633For us in the US, EMS is only higher than DHL because of the temporary surcharge. When that charge goes away, EMS will be cheaper a majority of the time. I mostly collect plush, so usually my packages are large, rather than heavy. EMS is still cheaper than DHL for me.

Do you have a source for the "temporary" surcharge? The last time I looked into it, the US was permanently moved to (I think) Zone 4 for pricing from Japan Post, which I guess could be re-evaluated, but that we were going to be paying more for the forseeable future.
1 month ago
FigyourEd1 month ago#98160201They do not and if you have a PO Box as your address, you should get a notification from the retailer that chosen method is not available to that address. Alternately, you can use your home address and then change the item destination through online tracking and have it delivered to a nearby DHL hub, if applicable, for pickup.
That said, there are a few exceptions as sometimes DHL may hand it off to USPS or if it's small enough to fit in a locker.


I think in the entire time that I've been using DHL, they've delivered directly to my house twice, perhaps three times. Every other time they "forward for delivery" and it shows up at my PO Box (which is funny, because I use my physical address for them and not my PO Box). It might also have something to do with the fact that our area doesn't have local delivery, and all mail (sometimes including FedEx and UPS, but not often), has to be picked up at the Post Office.
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