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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
I don't know about that...
There's lots of process improvement possibilities that could reduce
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...
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.
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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