As I mentioned, I went on a recent camera gear bender and bought a couple of lenses which I’ve had my eye on for a long time. One of them, a fast telephoto lens, I decided to buy used on eBay from Japan. It was a stressful decision since I was worried about all kinds of things (am I going to get ripped off, will it be damaged, etc.) but one thing not to worry about is shipping. The seller shipped it using Japan Post’s Express Mail Service and between them and Canada Post it’s been nothing short of amazing.
The package was dropped off on the 13th at 20:13 local in Tokyo and I came home tonight to a Canada Post slip on my door saying they tried to deliver but needed a signature. It landed at Pearson this morning at 08:46.
Considering this cost less than $20 shipping that’s pretty much as good as it gets. Anybody who tells you that we don’t get a great service from Canada Post doesn’t really know what they’re talking about. In fact over the past few years, something I’ve noticed consistently is that the national postal services in the countries I’ve shipped to and from (Germany, UK, Sweden, US, Canada, and Japan) are near the top every time and their ability to ship between services and across borders is every bit as good as any commercial parcel service.