Just ordered some PCBs at 12 noon today. These are 150mm x 180mm with about 300 surface mount components.
I'll update this thread when I receive any updates.
One advantage of having JLC assemble the through-hole parts is that it may save you the shipping costs of ordering those parts separately. It may actually work out cheaper if you have to order from multiple sources.
Delivery by non-DHL means comes sometime between 2 weeks and "what is this thing?"
These boards are pretty big and fully populated so the cost was AU$100 for 5 boards plus AU$50 for postage!!! So, yes, postage is a big part of it. However, if these work OK then I'll probably order 100 and the cost will be much lower. Actually, couldn't get a quote for 100 so did a quote for 50 - just under AU$500 - US$350 of US$7 per board. Included was the hand soldering cost - for all boards - was AU$4.73 and a manual assembly charge of AU$2.70.
If you can get DHL delivery in 3-5 days, count yourself blessed.
Every time I've been forced to use DHL, it's more like 2-3 weeks.