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Postal harm

January 21, 2013

I feel the U.S. Postal Service will only cause harm to itself now by raising postage because at this point in time it will encourage more use of email. Berton L....

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mikekerstetter

Jan-24-13 4:10 AM

Which tells me that FedEx and UPS are doing a better job than the postal service.

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CHayes

Jan-23-13 11:18 AM

"But even with online purchases, a lot of them are sent UPS and FEDEX."

No kidding Mike? Do you suppose they aren't sent via UPS and Fed Ex, because large retailers have cut deals with those companies that the rest of us subsidize, by paying twice as much to use UPS and Fed Ex than we would to ship the same package via the USPS?

Certainly you don't think Amazon pays the same to ship a Fed Ex package to you, that you would pay to ship a Fed Ex package to them.

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mikekerstetter

Jan-22-13 7:31 AM

CHayes-"Yeah! Nobody ever orders anything from the internet anymore."

Reading comprehension problem? The rest of my post says "Like I said, about the only things in my mailbox are junk mail and packages from online purchases and stuff I can't get delivered electronically."

But even with online purchases, a lot of them are sent UPS and FEDEX.

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CHayes

Jan-22-13 7:25 AM

I use electronic cigarettes. The electronic cigarette industry does over $300 MILLION in sales in the US every year, the vast majority (probably 2/3) of which is mail order. EVERY one of these packages is mailed USPS.

USPS does a pretty good job delivering this product, or an entire industry wouldn't depend on them for it.

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CHayes

Jan-22-13 7:20 AM

"It's just that the number of items being mailed has been cut down dramatically."

Yeah! Nobody ever orders anything from the internet anymore.

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CHayes

Jan-22-13 7:19 AM

"USPS did NOT adapt and change so now they have been left behind."

Allow me to ask how they haven't adapted? They have FAR better, FAR cheaper standard small parcel service than either UPS or Fed Ex. I just mailed a small Priority box to a guy in KY last Wed. He had it Sat. I know this not just because the guy emailed me, but because I had tracking and insurance on the package, and it only cost about 7 bucks to mail. It would have cost me at least twice that to mail the same exact package with either UPS or Fed Ex.

The ONLY reason the Post Office is making money now, is they have been ordered by Congress to pre pay SEVENTY YEARS of employee benefits. They have been paying benefits for employees that aren't even born yet. That ends in a couple years, then the USPS is back in the black.

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mikekerstetter

Jan-22-13 6:42 AM

I think the post office has it's place. It's just that the number of items being mailed has been cut down dramatically. They have to adapt. Like I said, about the only things in my mailbox are junk mail and packages from online purchases and stuff I can't get delivered electronically.

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RastaJOE

Jan-21-13 8:49 PM

20 yrs ago UPS and FED EX labored along. USPS did NOT adapt and change so now they have been left behind. Let the Dinosaur that the USPS is die an honorable death and let this be yet another lesson in free enterprise. Had the Auto industry been left to their own devices (and NOT bailed out), supply and demand would be offering a 12K car vis 35K! I’m just saying.

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Premier

Jan-21-13 4:37 PM

Ditto, that was fuuny.

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SteelerFan

Jan-21-13 9:51 AM

one of the rare times I agree with Hazy

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CMReeder

Jan-21-13 9:04 AM

Not using paper, hate to wash your shorts.

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mikekerstetter

Jan-21-13 8:11 AM

I'm doing my part for the environment by not using paper.

I also help out the Post Office by putting all the junk back in the postage paid envelopes provided by the sender and sending it back to them to dispose of. Saves on my garbage bill and gives the post office more revenue. :) You'd think Barclay would quit sending me credit card offers after getting over 100 back that way. Makes me chuckle every time I see one in the mail box.

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USABorn

Jan-21-13 7:58 AM

I'm with mikekerstetter ...everything by computer!

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CHayes

Jan-21-13 7:00 AM

Yes! I can put an envelope with an address 3000 miles from me, in a metal box, and a few days later it will be delivered to the address on it. The cost for this service- 45 cents.

What a rip off.

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mikekerstetter

Jan-21-13 5:43 AM

LOL. I've been using an all-in-one for years. I only put something in the mail when I can't fax or scan and send it via email. All my bills are paid electronically. I opted out of all paper bills and account statements. If it weren't for junk mail and an occasional package I could remove my mail box.

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JerryfromRI

Jan-21-13 5:18 AM

Was this letter supposed to be published in 2003?

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