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Thread: Quilt value in $$$$$

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    I am making an 84" X 92" quilt to send overseas. It is the Ship at Sea pattern set off with Square in a Square and large blocks of 2 different nautical and red material. All is cotton. I am also sending a quilted table runner. What should I insure it for in monetary value??????????

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    I personally would insure them for no less than $500.00.

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    Insurance is a PITA!!! You have to document exactly what you paid for everything that goes into it. Your labor is not included :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoriAmD
    I personally would insure them for no less than $500.00.
    I agree. But also just a word of caution make sure to wrap them in plastic trash bags before putting them in the box. Just had one ruined when the box got wet. They're still trying to get the smell out

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    MIL had a LQS give her a written "appraisal" statement for fire insurance purposes. (She was recipient of quilt as gift, so it wasn't HER labor!)

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    Unless you get an appraisal, insurance really won't pay piddly. When I shipped a quilt from the USA to Australia, I called it a blanket, not a quilt, it made it there just fine. Quilts are desirable and if it is identified as such, I was told it had a higher chance of not arriving.

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    GOOD ifo. to know, thanks for sharing

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    Insurance is a waste sadly- when I was working in the shipping area and packages got lost the USPS never paid a claim no matter what :hunf: So we stopped insuring them :wink: Very few got lost anyways :lol:

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    SharonB- once I bought something in RI to be delivered here. When it arrived it was smashed. The post office gave me such a hard time about it I've never bothered insuring anything since then. After many trips, filling out forms and feeling like a criminal (I didn't but they tried to make ME at fault)
    I decided it's just not worth the hassle. I somehow got my money back but what a headache!!!
    Never again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltstodo
    Quote Originally Posted by CoriAmD
    I personally would insure them for no less than $500.00.
    I agree. But also just a word of caution make sure to wrap them in plastic trash bags before putting them in the box. Just had one ruined when the box got wet. They're still trying to get the smell out
    I always wrap in plastic when shipping overseas. My son is over security and he says you would not believe some of the stuff that gets ruined. He may be the very one to inspect his own package if he is working that area when it comes in. I hate that you have to list everything on the outside label. No surprises.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farm Quilter
    Unless you get an appraisal, insurance really won't pay piddly. When I shipped a quilt from the USA to Australia, I called it a blanket, not a quilt, it made it there just fine. Quilts are desirable and if it is identified as such, I was told it had a higher chance of not arriving.
    Thanks but if it does not have exactly what the label says it gets pitched as it is a security risk. It is a shame the military is not longer allowed to travel in their uniforms.

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    you need to really think about this ... and talk to the person receiving...and what country you are sending to..
    when i participated in an international round robin we had to send the packages to england without insurance...because when we insured it the recipient had to pay BIG BUCKS to pick it up...it was really crazy...to pay for the packaging/insurance/postage then the person picking up had to pay an additional $50+ to get it. so first contact the person...and ask questions about what they want on it...if it's a surprise gift then contact the post office . now for our round robins we put (gift) in the place on the customs slip and no more than a $20 value on it...so they do not have to pay a crazy amount to pick it up. also, check into other shipping options...maybe there is a way to send an insured package with someone outside the postal system???

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    I totally agree with the ''no insurence'' and send it wrapped in a CLEAR plastic bag.....NO chance of it being mistaken for garbage!!!!!!

    bit PLEASE, when you address the box, use a black felt tip marker and write the name and address AT LEAST AN INCH TALL/HIGH and THICK.......there is NOTHING worse than watching the mail carriers squint and ''try'' to read an address that his been written with a regular ink pen in letters that are ''maybe'' as big as the writting in the post. AND THEN, cover the entire address you have just written with CLEAR sealing tape.....again, no chance of raindrops blurring the address. I do this on EVERY package I ship, no matter what is inside....my mail carries just LOVE it.....

    jodi in leavenworth

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    I won a sewing machine on ebay and it came smashed. I sent pictures with my claim, over $300. and received the check within 6 weeks.

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    I don't insure quilts when shipping since they will only pay for the material costs, not the labor. My time is what makes it really valuable- the materials don't cost that much. And I suspect it would be a big fight to even get the material cost refunded, so I don't bother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    I won a sewing machine on ebay and it came smashed. I sent pictures with my claim, over $300. and received the check within 6 weeks.
    Different scenario. You got paid because you had an actual invoice and it could be tracked back to a sale.

    ooc, was it the USPS that paid your claim or did the seller/Paypal end up refunding your money?

    The only plus is you can actually track the packages if you buy some insurance for international packages. You see it leave the US, arrive in the foreign country, and make its way to the destination town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TN Donna
    Quote Originally Posted by Farm Quilter
    Unless you get an appraisal, insurance really won't pay piddly. When I shipped a quilt from the USA to Australia, I called it a blanket, not a quilt, it made it there just fine. Quilts are desirable and if it is identified as such, I was told it had a higher chance of not arriving.
    Thanks but if it does not have exactly what the label says it gets pitched as it is a security risk. It is a shame the military is not longer allowed to travel in their uniforms.
    Isn't a quilt a blanket? I know, I would prefer my quilts to be called quilts, not blankets...blankets are so ordinary!

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