I get all my bills paperless. It would prefer getting my spam flyers
once a week instead of everyday.
I do acknowledge there are still some valid reasons to use the US
Mail, but half of the mail days seems more than enough to deliver
Yeah, the unemployment payments to all the laid off workers will
probably be cheaper than the salaries. Of course, since the
unemployment funds don't come from the sale of the stamps, be prepared
to pay your part.
Just don't complain when the employment rate goes up and the economic
recovery slows even further as all of the laid workers have less to
With the good comes the bad.
And even then, stamps could cost you considerably less:
"Counterfeit stamps have been identified as a steady, recurring risk for the
U.S. Postal Service, which reported a loss of $8.5 billion in the last
Those of us who take for granted having internet-connected computers at
home have to remember that there are tens of millions in this country
who, whether too poor, too mentally challenged (either developmentally
or aged) or just plain uninterested, do NOT have internet-connected
computers at home. For them, the U.S. mail is a necessity, not merely a
source of spam flyers. Besides, in most countries with far more modest
economies (and egos) than ours, there is typically daily mail service at
an affordable price.
Have we become too advanced and advantaged to renounce our mail service
along with our once admired public education and health care systems?
I seem to get about the same results from all the services. I live in North
Carolina and I think Texas is about as far as I can think of right now that
I have gotten anything from lately. If I order on Monday I almost always
get it by Thursday or Friday. I did get a package about 10 years ago from
California in 3 days by FedEx.
The worst service I have gotten lately was the US Mail. Friend in a town
less than an hour a way by car sent me a package that contained an item
about the size of a printer ink cartrage. It took almost two weeks from
All othere things seem to come in a few days from the shipping date.
I sent a package about that size a few months back. Put it in my mailbox
here in rural CT and the carrier picked it up on Saturday about 3PM. I was
shocked to get an email from the recipient on Monday in Los Angeles.
USPS has agreements with the other carriers for backend package stuff.
What is still really broken is the stuff they handle themselves. Send a
package to an adjoining state and it will likely take a week.
Popular Mechanics recently did a series of tests on which of the three major
carriers treated your packages the best.
View the results here:
I've seen way too many improperly packaged items get damaged in transit.
I've been lucky enough to have a 100% good rate with the USPS and UPS.
I often shipped circuit boards and when I heard someone bitch about
the post office, I'd throw my box with a circuit board in about 10 feet
high and let it land on concrete. If they looked scared I'd do it a
couple more times. I never had a failure. I believe over 99% of
damaged packages are due to improper packaging.
I recall for some time the USPS was working with FedEx. I don't think
they do anymore? There were FedEx boxes outside the PO. I asked inside
and they said they were trying a system where a lot of their air mail
flew in FedEx places. Not sure how true that is/was, but without a
doubt they did have FedEx boxes outside the P.O.
In our office complex, USPS removed the mailbox. WTF. Now I drive out of
my way to mail things. They deliver the mail early in the day and I won't
let mail sit around for another day waiting for them. UPS and FedEx still
have boxes there, so I try to use them more than USPS.
Speak for yourself...as others have noted, many areas of the country
don't have the luxury afforded to areas with higher population densities
(fortunately, we lack some of the associated problems, too,
unfortunately not all of them).
It seems to me that the USPS is missing an opportunity to not only
make money but to move up to the 21st century. Instead of bitching
about the competition (i.e the internet) make use of it and charge for
At present we have an unfortunate attitude towards email: if you send
Corporation X an email complaining (say) about their product, if it
gets read at all it's not responded to or gets a perfunctory response.
OTOH if you send them a snail mail obviously composed and written for
the occasion most often you'll get some attention from the corpocracy
and frequently a custom-composed letter. At least they looked.
Further, because of privacy concerns, sometimes even those imposed by
government (e.g. pharmaceutical notices), you can't get the
information directly (i.e. by open email) and you can't prove
Spam too is a major nuisance but much less so for snail mail because
there the sender has to pay for each piece of mail sent.
So the answer both to the USPS's financial problems and to the user's
reliability questions is for the USPS to handle email and charge for
the privilege (or right). You could still send free email, as could
the spammer, but after a while people would just toss it away unread.
Straight to the bit bucket unless it's delivered by the USPS.
The way the new email would work is that we'd all establish an account
with the PO and give them (say) $10 to cover future costs of mailing
(the amount would be replenished like it is with EZ Pass). The PO
would send you (by snail mail) the necessary software and importantly
a PGP password. You could only send an email to others with accounts
but when you do it will be encrypted and really sent to the PO who
will do the decryption and re-encryption for the recipient. The PO
would send you notification of delivery for every email.
Some things Congress and the Courts would have to do: Make via
legislation the USPS email as secure as first class snail mail.
Mega-penalties for anyone disclosing the contents. The USPS would be
specifically forbidden to make back-ups more than those necessary to
cover a minor system glitch and anyone who has a valid reason to read
your mail would have to jump through the same hoops as they would
currently for snail mail.
I'd pay $0.10 to send a secure email under this system but I'll bet
the spammers wouldn't.
On Tue, 07 Dec 2010 23:23:10 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Since they have to go to the house anyway every day, why not just have
the PO print out your Email and deliver it, with a confirmation.
(basically certified mail at that point)
Another idea I have already sent them is why not have a post paid pre
addressed priority flat rate box you can send someone.( online)
If you want Granny to send you your baseball cards (or something), you
send her the box, she puts the stuff in it and gives it to the mail
man the next day. Nothing else required from her.
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