OT: Postal mailbox, is it necessary?

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Is it necessary (required by law) for my home to have a mailbox?
I tried googleing around but could not find a difinitive answer.
I cant think of any reason to have a mailbox lately, as I can instruct all companies to use email. And I can help the environment by not throwing out the 8 inch pile of crap that is delivered to me every day.
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RickH wrote:

You could request the post office not send you junk mail...forget the terms, but something like a "do not call" list. If you got some legal notice or something important, you would not have it delivered.
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On Wed, 11 Aug 2010 06:50:01 -0700, Steve B wrote:

Keep sending them nice letters, written in crayon on the heaviest cardboard you can find? :-)
(it's the DirectTV lot that keep getting me here. When I lived in England, it was Crapital One - no way will I ever do business with either of them...)
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The three c's (Credit, cruises, casinos) with us. Of course, two of these are own fault (grin).
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On Wed, 11 Aug 2010 14:09:10 +0000, Jules Richardson wrote:
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I used to have DirecTV. I quit over a year ago (because of, among other things, really poor "customer service"). They still send 1 or 2 ads every month. Those ads are almost identical.
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We quit DTV because it became insanely expensive. It was costing $95 mo for what I used to get for less than $40 mo on cable. Dish is no better. This for dozens of crap stations like QVC, 24 hr golf, and other useless nonsense. Also, I think they pull from the same 500 movie pool. I'd see the same movies over and over again. Worse, the major cable networks have gotten to the point where fully 20 mins of every hr is commercials. Screw that! I now get Netflix for $20 mo, and read more.
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notbob wrote:

Wish I had the willpower to follow your example. I have the cheap Dishnet with DVR, standard definition, and it is still $54 a month. Most nights, most of my time is on Discovery or History channel, though, and I would really miss those. 200 channels, and all but maybe 12 are useless to me. Around here, Dish is cheaper than cable. Comcast put all the good channels up on the expensive tier, and filled the basic with garbage. To get the channels I want from them would be 70+ a month.
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Comcast is weird. That's what I had when I had cable. They charged over $65 mo for anything with TCM, all I really cared about. I got tired of that price, too, and did without tv for 2 yrs. three local channels on rabbit ears. But wait, a deal!
Turns out comcast, which normally charged about $30 mo for crappy basic, has even lower rates if you can find them. I got mine at supermkt promo. $10 for basic for one yr if you hadn't subscribed in the last yr. I qualified and signed up. Later, comcast offered the weird "Classic" pkg for only about $20 more. After a yr, they jacked up my basic to about $17 and I was only paying less than $40 mo for TCM and a buncha other good cable channels. Those cheapo starter basic deals are often offered by independents thru comcast and the classic pkg, if they still offer it, is a steal. Look around. I have a friend who is still paying only $12 mo for comcast basic.
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Yeah, it pretty much is!
Since the USPS became privitized, they hafta make money. And since most sane citizens now use email on their computer or cell phones for personal msgs, the US mail must make most of its money on 2nd-4th class mail, i.e. junk mail. If you think they're gonna bite the hand that feeds them, you're sadly mistaken. I went through all this nonsense a few years ago and the USPS WILL deliver what they are paid to deliver. End of story. You ain't gonna win this one.
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Only if you expect to receive mail.

Good luck with that. Let us know how that works out for you with: - your mortgage lender - your local property tax authority - the IRS - your state (and local, if applicable) income tax agencies - any retailer using GE Credit Services to manage their store credit cards; this includes Sears and Lowe's, among others. - anyone who needs to send you any sort of legal notices
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I detect a strong odor of troll vapors arising from this post.
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RickH wrote:

Of course not. If they do come by to deliver, the postman will leave a not stating that you need to pick up your mail at the post office, and put you on a list restricting future deliveries until which time you provide them with an approved recepticle for your mail.
Jon
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RickH wrote: ...

Leaving it to somebody else to do so or in worst case for that w/ return, adding to waste/expense by the return journey...
Yeah, that would save lots...
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I don't know about that...
There's lots of process improvement possibilities that could reduce cost.
Let's simplify the process and say that there are only 5 steps:
Printer produces junk mail Junk mail is delivered to post office. USPS delivers junk mail to the addressee Addressee dumps it in the recycling bin Waste hauler takes it to the recycliing plant
If the addressee suspended mail delivery services, the USPS would dump the junk mail and *their* waste hauler would take it to the recycliing plant. There would be economies of scale, less gas used by the addressee's waste hauler, etc. This would save some money.
If the USPS returned the junk mail to the printer - and steps were taken to ensure that no more junk mail was produced for that address - then (eventually) there would be cost savings at every step as less junk was printed,less was delivered and less was hauled away.
My only point is that if we never take any steps to reduce the amount of junk mail we "accept" nothing will change. If we refuse it in some manner, then maybe, eventually, the overall cost of the process - end- to-end - might indeed go down.
...and if pigs could fly...
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On Mon, 9 Aug 2010 10:03:54 -0700 (PDT), RickH

I just ran into the postmaster of our little PO at the store. She says you are not required to have a box and even if you have one, you can still have the PO hold your mail and not put it in the box.
As for junk mail, it is a huge profit center for the post office. That is why they like it.
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On Mon, 09 Aug 2010 15:48:03 -0400, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

That's good. They used to lose money on it, I think, but now the junk places have to pay more to annoy us.
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On 8/9/2010 12:03 PM, RickH wrote:

I don't get mail where I live, I have a private mail, shipping and receiving service. It's the only address I give out. I have no problems with stolen or tampered with mail anymore.
TDD
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In typed:

Your own post office would have the last say on that; there can be different arrangements, etc.. I think you can do it in most areas, but ... it's folly to do so. Banks, all kinds of places would refuse your business. But check with the PO first
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Twayne wrote:

Having a physical address i.e. for banks and the like, is not the same as accepting mail at that address.
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