When I joke with mail men or retired mail men about taking all the
fliers they deliver and just dumping them in the creek and not
delivering to me, they go crazy, as junk mail is the main source of
On Fri, 22 Nov 2013 08:25:48 -0500, Stormin Mormon
It's a matter of who does the accounting. It can be shown either way.
If you assume that first-class has to be delivered anyway, junk mail
more than pays its way. If you do the opposite, not so much. Reality
is somewhere in there. Junk mail will be paying more and more of the
bill because first class volume is dropping like a rock. I think we
mail one bill out a month now (can't figure out how to pay it online)
and send a few dozen (birthday/Christmas) cards a year.
On 11/22/2013 1:51 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Taxes 2x a year, water bill 4x a year Used to be the oil bill but they
just went to on line payment. In the past year, I think I wrote two
other checks, one for a washing machine, the other a gift. I'd not want
to be int he check printing business either. Went from about 10 to 12 a
month to about 10 a year.
Not so. The "standard" mail class, as advertsing mail is now called, is
in effect heavily subsidized and does not pay its own way. The major
mailers, unlike residential customers, pay lobbyists and make campaign
contributions to congressmen and senators with oversight of Postal matters.
Their interests are put above those of the general public when it comes
to delivery rates. And the biggest reason that service from USPS has
declined in recent times is the congressionally imposed mandate on
the postal service to essentially transfer $5.5 billion from their income
each year to the federal treasury, artificially lowering the deficit
at the expense of postal customers.
When the game is over, the pawn and the king are returned to the same box.
Larry W. - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf. lonestar.org
On 11/22/2013 6:42 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Email may be cheaper for the senders, but that's because a significant
portion of the distribution costs are paid by the network providers
and the recipients. The USPS doesn't charge a recurring fee to send
and receive unlimited amounts of mail, so it's not a good analogy.
Here in Canada, postage stamps for mailing letters within Canada no
longer have a fixed price.
That's because the Post Office would raise the price of a stamp every
few years by a few cents, and millions of Canadians would end up having
to buy one, two or three cents stamps, and it cost more to print those
small denomination stamps than they were worth.
So, now you buy a booklet of 10 or 20 stamps for about $5 or $10, and
the stamps don't have any denomination printed on them and are good
forever. When the Post Office wants to raise the price of postage, they
simply charge more for those booklets of stamps.
I find that's a better system. You can buy stamps when you need them,
and use them at any time without concern that the price of postage has
gone up and your letter is going to be returned to you because you were
short 2 cents on the postage.
The "Forever Stamp" system has been used in the US since 2007. The stamps
actually say Forever on them.
I hate using them because I know the price will go up. I feel like I am
throwing away money if I use them before the price increases. ;-)
Yes, it does seem that way. I knew when I saw those stamps that the Post
Office was likely doomed. It's the same as when a business you've never
heard of offers a lifetime guarantee on something. They know that they're
planning the business to have a very short lifetime.
As for being slow, I find it just the opposite. Stuff I buy from Amazon
often shows up the next day delivered by USPS. I am on the eight disk
program with Netflix and they always arrive on time - haven't lost a single
disk in the last three years and it was three years before that.
I've always had a soft spot for the USPS since readings David Brin's sci-fi
epic, "The Postman" about a post-apocalyptic world where one man decides,
after finding a dead mailman and a sack of undelivered mail to begin mail
delivery again. The Founding Fathers were quite prescient in realizing how
important a public postal service is in a free nation.
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