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Offline Saturn

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Protecting your investment
« on: August 26, 2015, 15:37:08 PM »
What extremes do/would you go to to protect your game collection(s)? I've been thinking about it recently and wonder what ideas others may have to keep them safe. Right now, I have most of my stuff in a temperature controlled 'room' for lack of a better term, that's far from the mailing address I use for receiving items. It's complete with cameras that I monitor with my phone or pc and has a silent alarm but the possibility of a fire or destruction from a hurricane really bothers me.
 On that note, I was looking for ways to prevent anything from being able to happen (besides nuclear holocaust) and found some interesting ideas about underground storage. Using a cargo container similar to one of these and having the ground excavated with this inside would prevent hurricane damage and even fire as the metal and lack of oxygen should stop it quickly. Even above ground this may have enough weight to withstand 150+ mph winds with the only question being how to secure it properly. (ie; bolt cutters would easily bypass a lock and even if welds were in place on the doors, an acetylene torch would open it quickly enough)

Another thought was buying an inexpensive RV and keeping it climate controlled through an external electricity source with a portable air conditioner in the summer and a highly rated/safe space heater in winter. If the need arose I could just drive the collection (and family lol) away from the disaster.

Anyone else ponder this stuff?

Offline Shadowrunner

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Re: Protecting your investment
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2015, 17:01:12 PM »
Basically all my games and systems are on shelves in my house, with no kind of climate control. I like to have it all handy to play whenever I want, and I guess I just don't think about protecting them too much. Seeing how much these games are increasing in value though, maybe I should look at it more.

I have an alarm on my house so I'm not too worried about theft, and I just hope I'm lucky and never have to worry about fire or natural disaster happening :63:

Sounds like there are some pretty drastic measures you could go to!

Offline zapiy

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Re: Protecting your investment
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2015, 17:04:57 PM »
I have 80% of my collection boxed and in my shed at the moment. I do often ponder the fact I have not really looked after it like I should do but ultimately most of my rare stuff is in the attic and the rest is pretty secure anyway.
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Re: Protecting your investment
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2015, 23:52:38 PM »
I have pondered it as well.  I keep all the carts and CD's in plastic bins with silica gel bags in climate controlled rooms.  I have pictures of the whole thing for insurance purposes but that's about it. 

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Re: Protecting your investment
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2015, 03:35:07 AM »
Hmm, I only have pics on AA. Wonder if that would suffice? Maybe an itemized list of everything but that would take some serious time, although totally worth it in the end. I wonder if a specific policy would need to be taken out or if it would fall under home owner's insurance. But the room I keep all the coolest stuff in is an unattached dwelling on property I'm not the sole owner of. Jeeze, will have to look into that as ins companies will ultimately use any loophole they can find or manufacture to get out of paying. They're your best friends as long you're paying in but twist the knife in your back when filing a claim.

Maybe I'll just get the RV and be done with it. Burying a cargo container has other benefits like a makeshift storm shelter for worst case scenario but would have to stay behind if the premises was ever vacated, losing a large investment. Plus, the RV would have the other obvious benefits. A definite con would be if it caught on fire, though. All of it gone in a single blaze. >:(

Still not sure and it looks like there may not be a single disaster proof method besides storing it all in a Las Vegas casino vault or similar.

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Re: Protecting your investment
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2015, 03:49:05 AM »
I also have a full inventory of the games I have on a spreadsheet.  It's a practical way but that's not enough for insurance.  Having both an inventory and pictures does the trick, though.  I have the pics on my hard drive and backed up both on Google Drive and Box.  All of the receipts I have for the stuff are also online. 

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Re: Protecting your investment
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2015, 03:56:10 AM »
Quote from: "TrekMD"
I also have a full inventory of the games I have on a spreadsheet.  It's a practical way but that's not enough for insurance.  Having both an inventory and pictures does the trick, though.  I have the pics on my hard drive and backed up both on Google Drive and Box.  All of the receipts I have for the stuff are also online.
Thanks for this info. I'm going to do exactly that.

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Re: Protecting your investment
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2015, 04:01:33 AM »
My pleasure.  I have done the same thing for all movies and other collectibles.  It's the only way to deal with insurance companies.

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