iwas OT muna :D
toys/sccale model are taxed using 10%, feel free makipag-away sa dingding/customs officers. I heard anything below 35 USD will not be taxed, good luck, 10 to 20 USD kakainin agad ng shipping cost
I only tried EMS once, dun ko na try ang Pasay Philpost. Abala talaga kasi I am from Valenzuela and the traffic is heavily congested.
For SAL, I can no longer remember kung ilang beses na ako nag order (in 1 year naka more than 5 na ata ako). Wala naman failed delivery and usually arrives after 3 weeks. They are forwarded to the local post office, and they will mail you a index card saying you got an item that you need to claim. Kung swerte ka, post office fee lang babayaran mo which is 100 pesos now per shipping (previously 40 then raised to 50). Kung malas ka, they can also do the tax computation.
I dont order from HLJ or other famous site. Sa mga secondary market ako bumibili ng items kasi mas mura at usually, box lang naman problem kasi yupi lang yung kanto.