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Subject: [Leica] Camera insurance problem
From: dennis at (Dennis)
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2011 08:09:17 -1000
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I don't know about Japan but in the US you can, or could, take your 
cameras to a US customs office and fill out a form with the serial 
numbers and they would stamp or otherwise mark the document. Upon return 
to the US you could present the document as proof that you did not buy 
the gear abroad.

You might inquire if there is such a registration system in Japan and if 
it works for gear returned by post as well as on your person.

I agree with Sonny about registered mail. It's not the same for every 
country but Japan's post has an excellent reputation about not loosing 
things. Some consider it a hassle because, in the US at least, every 
edge of the box or fold of the paper must be sealed with glued paper 
tape. No pressure sensitive tape. They then stamp the edges of all that 
tape so any tampering will be evident.

Those white puffy snowflake things are not good packing because they can 
allow the item to shift inside the box. If it shifts to an inside wall 
you only have the cardboard between it and the world. Better to put your 
camera in a good plastic bag, freezer ziplock will  do, and then wrap it 
with bubble wrap until you have 2-3 inches all around. Then you can put 
it in the middle of the box with those puffy snowflakes.  Getting it 
well packed on the return trip is another thing though.

Good luck,

Peter Cheyne wrote:
> Thanks for the advice!
> I will send it to Oregon, WI, tomorrow, in an almost excessively large 
> box stuffed with those big white puffy snowflake things, and I'll have 
> it insured on the way out.  As for Don Goldberg's returning it, I can 
> ask him if his liability insurance covers postal returns.
> He agrees not to have it insured by the post on the way back, as I'll 
> be stung for silly taxes, treating it like a newly purchased item.  I 
> guess Japan tries to protect it's internal camera sales and sees 
> 'repair returns' as a possible fiddle and way out of declaring newly 
> purchased imports.  I'm not doing that, but they'd slap me with that 
> anyway.
> Best wishes,
> Peter Cheyne
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