A lot of Japanese sellers on Ebay charge just as much, if not more, for shipping than Play-Asia does. Shipping charges have just gone up across the board.
Topo, I wonder if those are just Australian shipping limitations through PA. I see they still offer Fedex and UPS to the U.S. and I didn't see any $20 limitation. I just put through a dummy order and the shipping was calculated purely off of weight.
I guess I am just biased. Ironically, until very recently, I have never had a problem with Play Asia. Everything has been remedied pretty quickly. I'm just currently waiting for a book that was ordered back in December :/
edit - Just saw DTR's post. Flat rate for EMS? I'm not getting you here. Are you saying this was for a particular order that you placed or is for everything. Because I was offered EMS shipping for around $20 on a fairly weighty book just now. I was also offered Fedex and UPS as options.
I have to strongly disagree about NCSX pricing. Nearly everything I have ever looked at has been quite a bit more at NCSX - unless things have changed within the last month or two. Usually the price difference could be offset by the shipping, but understandably, NCSX stock is pretty limited and not always restocked. I have also never been that impressed with NCSX shipping either - I have received a handful of items with cracked cases, dusty, thin bubble mailers, etc, and really, considering that they are domestic, their shipping charges are pretty high.
I don't know - just looked at a few titles on PS3 between NCSX and PA. Each one was almost $10 more at NCSX. Although, I am sure if you did enough digging, you could probably find examples to support either side.
Last edited by Kakizaki; 02-08-2012 at 11:43 AM.