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Postmaster says days are numbered for Saturday mail delivery – USATODAY.com

July 21, 2011

Postmaster says days are numbered for Saturday mail delivery – USATODAY.com.

An example of what happens when government tries to be a private business…. they FAIL EPICally…

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  1. Michael Eaton permalink
    July 21, 2011 2:49 pm

    Yeh, they provide a cheaper, better service (tried FedExing a package last week: $75. Instead I mailed for $25), service customers that would be ignored by FedEx/UPS (you know, those rural customers in fly-over country), etc. Try picking up a package that FedEx won’t leave when you are working: it is a huge pain. Post office will automatically forward when you move, F/U wont.

    Poor example, especially since the Post office actually does a bang up job for 99% of their customers.

  2. July 22, 2011 10:13 pm

    Mike, I can’t say I totally disagree with you about the service. Overall, I get pretty decent service from the P.O., at least when it comes to basic letter-type mail. But at what price? USPS began is “non-governmental” life with around $3 billion in “start-up money” courtesy of the taxpayers, and they received over half a billion in subsidies biannually since at least 2003 according to their own annual reports. That’s assistance that its competitors don’t get. Also, when it comes to 1st Class mail, the private guys are legally forbidden from carrying it except in special cases, and are required to charge, I believe, $3 more for the same service. Competition in that realm is currently not possible. The constant rate increases in 1st class rates with little or no improvement in quality of service is also a sore point with many people.

    So, some good, some bad about the PO. If they had to compete on a completely level playing field, they would without question fail epically compared to UPS, FedEx, etc. You are definitely right about one thing. When it comes to packages, the PO indeed “does a bang up job.” Most of the packages I receive from them are indeed quite “banged up.”

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