I am going to cheat as this is not AKB48 merchandise, but Hallyu merchandise, specifically, BLACKPINK. Yes, I caught the bug, in particular I love "Don't Know What To Do." I pre-ordered the day before Flying Get (as far as I could tell - the web was somewhat ambiguous - there was a release day and an available day), April 23 (all dates and times are Los Angeles, CA) from a Korean seller on Amazon (US). I got a shipping notice the same day. I didn't pay for expedited delivery, so I was ready to wait (expected delivery May 9 - May 24). My reasoning: the music isn't going to be any different if it arrives a week or two later, plus I am known to be thrifty. Amazon is good because they show all the tracking information on one page. 4/24 Received by carrier: Korea Republic of 4/25 Package left carrier facility: Seoul International Post Office 4/26 Package has left carrier facility: International Service Center, Los Angeles (Usps) [It seems the post office doesn't work on the weekends ] 4/29 Package arrived at carrier facility: Los Angeles International Distribution Center 5/1 (starting at 12:59 am and ending at 1:39 pm) Seven stops to my house. That covers the ordering and the shipping, and here is the arrival.