Dang, you are all scaring me. I've done about a dozen or so USPS shipments of fly reels, line and rods and never had an issue yet. I always pay for tracking so I can show it was delivered and on the rods and one higher priced reel, paid extra for insurance. I did inadvertently send a reel to the wrong address and contacted the guy after I did so, who had purchased a different item on e-bay...that SOB from NC (and I hope you are reading this asshole) kept a used SA 2L45 reel. I explained to the other guy of my screw up and refunded the $$ to him...he was cool about it. But back to USPS and your situation...I think they offer some amount of insurance automatically...might want to check. Hope it works out for you.