DHL is expensive but fast, I know I use it when I make purchases on AmiAmi all the time. UPS and FEDEX are not very reliable and just as slow as USPS. May things can slow down shipping, from delays with weekends and holidays, and customs being cleared, etc.
Every box is shipped out at the same time (the 24th) unless you are a new subscriber and purchase your first box on a later date. Once a shipping company takes the boxes, it’s out of Liz’s hand when they arrive!
Going with any of those other shipping company options only increases the cost when it comes to shipping anyway! I’d rather not pay extra for something that does not make much of a difference.
The boxes are made and shipped from China, so of course they are gonna use whatever is available there. Could be worse, as it could be multiple month long shipping times like with Wish or Temu (I never use either). Most anything your order from China takes a while to arrive, as their logistics are slow, but most times cheap, when It comes to shipping!
As for a pending War with China and possible embargo? I doubt that will happen as to many goods are materials that the rest of the world relies on come from China and would only hurt the nation in return, besides that is all politics which I’d rather not get into here as I have very strong feelings on the matter. Also whatever happened between the US and China shouldn’t really matter between subscribers who are NOT US citizens anyway, which there are many in Europe, South America, Australia, Etc.
As for tracking? Yeah that has always been an issue, but I’ve never not gotten my box! and I’ve been subbed for over 4 years and receive not one, but two boxes (for review purposes).
The only gripe I had was with the none upgraded boxes (cheapest option) getting beat up in shipping because they were shipped out in padded bags instead of boxes so Item’s sometimes got damaged in shipping, but that seemed to be addressed with Octobers box as it was shipped in a mini box instead of a bag.
Seems to be a trend lately with entire posts or threads doing nothing but complain on the forum due to impatience not not being able to contact support correctly, or reading the FAQS on the website before publicly complaining and griping on the forum. I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m beginning to find is a bit annoying myself.
You wanna talk about bad shipping? The Crunchyroll Store still hasn’t sent me a tracking number or shipped out an “IN STOCK” (according to their website) figure I ordered back on the 17th of October! And their werehouse is located in Texas, I live in a Neighboring state! Their support is a joke as well as it takes 2 weeks to get an unhelpful response from them! I’m about to just go the direct route and get a charge back on my bank account instead.