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Business insurance for online retailer
krolik




msg:4299551
 10:48 pm on Apr 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

Can you share with me which insurance provider are you using for you business insurance?

I am having trouble finding ecommerce business insurance so your input will be appreciated. Thank you.

 

jwolthuis




msg:4299902
 4:26 pm on Apr 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

Please clarify: Are you looking for business insurance for your physical location & inventory, or for eShipments via a common courier?

krolik




msg:4300008
 7:02 pm on Apr 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

I am looking for business insurance for my physical location & inventory. Thanks.

jecasc




msg:4300016
 7:19 pm on Apr 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

I don't know where you can find the insurance in your country - but check the fine print and check that you are also insured against smoke. I had a small fire last year - or better - I nearly had a fire. It was a damaged heater. The smoke detector caught it early before it could develop into a fire. However a lot of the goods where damaged by the smoke - 10k worth of damage. The guy from the insurance came and told me: Sorry there was no fire. You are insured against fire damage but there was no fire only smoke. I thought he was kidding me, but no. No fire, no fire damage, no payment from the fire insurance. If the smoke detector hadn't caught it early and only a little flame had shown I would have had a fire and insurance coverage.

dpd1




msg:4300133
 11:47 pm on Apr 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

You gotta love insurance companies. Seems like now days, taking your payments is about all their good for. 'Claim? What's a claim? Sorry, we don't do claims.'

I would like to see the small print on that, because obviously if there's smoke, then technically there was fire at some point... Even if it wasn't completely visible.

mattb




msg:4300180
 1:59 am on Apr 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

5-10 years ago our broker also said that it was difficult to get insurance on our business. Seems that insurance companies did not have much experience with ecommerce so they were unsure how much risk they were taking on. Now it doesn't seem to be an issue. Try talking to a broker and have them shop it with several different companies. Grange and Travelers both write policies in our state.

JackieBlue




msg:4300192
 2:24 am on Apr 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hi. I do not know what state (or country) you are in. Insurance coverages vary greatly by state in the US. You should be able to call an independent agent in the US to find a policy. I had no problem finding coverage for my physical location and liability. Runs about $110 per month.

krolik




msg:4300205
 3:28 am on Apr 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

Thanks for all the replies so far. I am in Oregon.

votrechien




msg:4300692
 8:28 pm on Apr 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

If you have physical inventory and your own warehousing, the fact you sell it over the internet should hardly be a footnote. Loss of business insurance may be slightly more dependent on this, but even then, it shouldn't be of utmost importance.

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