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Old 06-30-07, 11:47 PM   #1
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Have you Insured your DVD's??

So I was Looking over my DVDspot account today and I realized that I have over $26,000 MSRP. I figure that's roughly $16,000-$17,000 retail. My question to you is...Do you have insurance on your DVD's, or do you know anyone who does? I mean If JLo can insure her ass for 1 million dollars, why can't we take out policies on our valuables?

I have a comic collection also worth that much, and I want to get them insured. Do I call my homeowner's insurance and set up a second policy for valuables not covered?

Anyone...thoughts...
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Old 07-01-07, 12:07 AM   #2
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Ask your agent about it, chances are it'll be a rider on the policy.

And I do not insure my DVDs, nor my comic books. I really do have a few comic books in the closet somewhere, left over from when I was in high school - I figured my kids might like them when they are older.
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Old 07-01-07, 12:16 AM   #3
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I have renter's insurance, but I'm not sure if they're covered under it. I assume so, but really don't have any idea.
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Old 07-01-07, 03:07 AM   #4
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DVDs are covered under my Homeowner's Insurance, without a seperate 'rider' policy. Good thing too, as the South Lake Tahoe forest fire came within about a mile of my house!

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Old 07-01-07, 03:49 AM   #5
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So I was Looking over my DVDspot account today and I realized that I have over $26,000 MSRP. I figure that's roughly $16,000-$17,000 retail. My question to you is...Do you have insurance on your DVD's, or do you know anyone who does? I mean If JLo can insure her ass for 1 million dollars, why can't we take out policies on our valuables?

I have a comic collection also worth that much, and I want to get them insured. Do I call my homeowner's insurance and set up a second policy for valuables not covered?

Anyone...thoughts...
Current value is less than half of msrp if you kept everything wrapped. If you watched anything expect it to be more around 1/4 of msrp. Aside from the few oddball oops/criterions.

Example: The msrp of SCTV Vol 4 is $89.95, I bought it for $10, and then I unwrapped it, which means it's worth less than $10

Ahh, but your talking retail replacement price yes? So never mind then. Always be sure to get replacement cost insurance and not current cost insurance. I know thats not the correct vernacular there but you can really get screwed if they know everthing is crazy depriciated.

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Old 07-01-07, 03:54 AM   #6
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I have about the same MSRP on Spot that you do OP.

Not sure how homeowners works, but I have a $25,000 renter's insurance policy. $20,000 of that is DVD's and home theater and computers. The rest is all old furniture, and since I rent, I have no expensive appliances. I literally have nothing of else of value.

I have pictures of everything I own stored online, so that should I ever lose any of this stuff, the insurance company won't be able to give me any shit and I will be able to prove what I had and be reimbursed.

I feel a lot safer with the coverage. My monthly payments are pretty cheap too, but of course YMMV.
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Old 07-01-07, 08:37 AM   #7
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Yea, renter's insurance is a must of you have a decent amount of DVDs, CDs, Games, conoles, HT gear, TV, Etc, etc, etc.

You'd be suprised when you start counting how much all you stuf is worth as a whole. I took out 20,000 and think I need to raise it.

Monthly payment should run you about $12 to $25 depending on how much coverage you want. That's not too bad for some peice of mind.
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Old 07-01-07, 10:00 AM   #8
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My renters insurance is cranked up pretty high - probably too high, but I figure better safe than sorry. I will probably actually lower it after I sell off a big chunk of my collection (my project for the next few months). I figure selling off a 1000+ DVDs will decrease my needed insurance between $5000-$10000 depending on the replacement value I would be given.
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Old 07-01-07, 11:49 AM   #9
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Yeah my DVDs are also covered under my standard renter's insurance policy. Pretty cheap monthly rate.
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Old 07-01-07, 12:14 PM   #10
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I have about the same MSRP on Spot that you do OP.

Not sure how homeowners works, but I have a $25,000 renter's insurance policy. $20,000 of that is DVD's and home theater and computers. The rest is all old furniture, and since I rent, I have no expensive appliances. I literally have nothing of else of value.

I have pictures of everything I own stored online, so that should I ever lose any of this stuff, the insurance company won't be able to give me any shit and I will be able to prove what I had and be reimbursed.

I feel a lot safer with the coverage. My monthly payments are pretty cheap too, but of course YMMV.
as you said it "you are not sure how it works". i dont know if there are any major insurance differences in the states, but in europe your home ensurance seems sort of small. you have nothing else of value?? did you ever imagine that the entire apartment burns down, with walls destroyed and water damage from the fire department. such a damage can go into the 100s of thousands!
if someone has a major dvd collection of 10 or 20 thousand dollars i would definitely ensure it seperately!! my ensurance agent once told me that in case of damage their is some square foor formula. now picture that just your collection which sits in a small space is destroyed...i doubt that the ensurance company would pay for the entire collection.
i prefer to be on the safe side and have higher ensurance then actually needed. ok, maybe the premiums are a bit higher also, but definitely worth my sleep at night!
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Old 07-01-07, 12:36 PM   #11
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I specifically asked State Farm about this topic when getting home owner's insurance. I have a collection valued at around $50K. I did have to get a little extra on the policy to cover that amount, but it was no problem. They said I would be covered for theft, as well as the usual fire or other disaster. They did tell me to keep a list of everything in the collection, which I do anyway in an Excel spreadsheet, and store that list in a safe location away from the house. Pictures were also recommended.
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Old 07-01-07, 07:52 PM   #12
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I should. During a fight yesterday my g/f tipped my shelfing case and dumped all my dvds everywhere. Luckily no damge or 'off the spindels', but damn, don't mess with a man's collection.
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Old 07-01-07, 08:38 PM   #13
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Lol, your GF is threatened by your DVD collection. She probably thinks you give more attention to your DVDs than you do to her.
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Old 07-01-07, 10:26 PM   #14
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as you said it "you are not sure how it works". i dont know if there are any major insurance differences in the states, but in europe your home ensurance seems sort of small. you have nothing else of value?? did you ever imagine that the entire apartment burns down, with walls destroyed and water damage from the fire department. such a damage can go into the 100s of thousands!
Living Dead said he has renter's insurance, which means he rents the apartment, and thus would not be something that is of value to him, since he doesn't own it. The damage to the apartment would be covered by the apartment owner's insurance.

Of course, most renter's insurance also has liability coverage, for events where the renter is found liable for damage to other people's property, such as accidentally burning down the apartment. This coverage typically extends into the hundreds of thousands, but as it's separate from what is being discussed here, damage to personal property, I doubt Living Dead was including liability in his coverage amount.
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Old 07-01-07, 11:26 PM   #15
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Yep, mine is also included in the homeowners policy without a 'rider' policy. Come to think about it, the dvd collection, collectively speaking, has the highest value of any asset I own, besides the house and Silverado pickup.
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Old 07-02-07, 01:59 AM   #16
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I should. During a fight yesterday my g/f tipped my shelfing case and dumped all my dvds everywhere. Luckily no damge or 'off the spindels', but damn, don't mess with a man's collection.
Time to screw that shelf into a wall stud
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Old 07-02-07, 02:23 AM   #17
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Replacement cost is a godsend. I had a used Nikon camera that I bought 10 years earlier for $100 stolen. Sadly, that camera was long OOP and the insurance company insisted that they pay me $1300 to replace it.

Careful of "Acts Of God" though. Had a bunch of compact discs scratched to bits (along with a bunch of other damage) during an earthquake and the company laughed in my face.
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Old 07-02-07, 07:26 AM   #18
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Time to screw that shelf into a wall stud
Without getting off topic, there's a lot more to it. But I moved out. Dvds are safe.
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Old 07-02-07, 07:44 AM   #19
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I moved out. Dvds are safe.
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Old 07-02-07, 07:56 AM   #20
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