Here are a couple little tips about mailing your irreplaceable home movies and photographs.
First off, they don’t qualify as “media mail.” It sounds counter intuitive but if you check the postal regulations, they make it clear that personal DVDs, videotapes, pictures etc must be sent first class or priority mail.
Second, and this is where people end up wasting money. Do not purchase insurance for your videos, DVDs etc. It is a waste of money. Here’s why:
Suppose your 25th wedding anniversary is coming up and you want to surprise your bride with a nice DVD of your wedding video.
You box it up, address it to Charlie’s Video Transfer Shop in San Jose, California, and take it to the post office. The postal clerk offers you insurance. Priority mail comes with $50 insurance at no additional cost and you buy an additional $500 of insurance for, I think the current cost is $6.40.
Something happens on the way to San Jose and your package is lost or destroyed. Well, at least you’ve got $500 to take your wife out for a nice night on the town at a super swanky restaurant, right?
Wrong. The postal service will pay the claim (in about 90 days) but they will pay for the cost of a new blank video tape – or about $5.00. I guess you could use that to take your wife out…to McDonald’s….as long as you can get her to order off the dollar menu.
So, the lesson is: Don’t buy the insurance. In fact, I always suggest using someone local, someone to whom you can hand your irreplaceable memories.
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