I've done the overseas thing once. Having that first experience told me what to do and what NOT to do next time. I know to avoid a certain transshipper thats for sure. It was nerve-wracking waiting for Joey to arrive. he was in his shipping box for 5 days due to the transshipper negligence. I have a transship-er that I would request actually, based on reputation. Course I'll only do the overseas thing again IF I find a certain all-violet (salamander) giant PK. lol
Having the DOA policy is a good thing - but it would still be sad if you lost a guy you had your heart set on!