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USPS trying to lose customers

tompaulco (629533) writes | more than 5 years ago

User Journal 5

Long lines at the Post Office have long been a problem, but today I was reminded of the issue once again, and it got me to thinking. The USPS keeps raising rates to cover costs on the one hand, but on the other hand they are trying as hard as they can to lose customers and thus the economies of scale. Today I went in to the local Post Office and there were 8 people in line and 1 clerk. I just turned around and left because I don't have 45 minutes to wait around. Another person in the line also lLong lines at the Post Office have long been a problem, but today I was reminded of the issue once again, and it got me to thinking. The USPS keeps raising rates to cover costs on the one hand, but on the other hand they are trying as hard as they can to lose customers and thus the economies of scale. Today I went in to the local Post Office and there were 8 people in line and 1 clerk. I just turned around and left because I don't have 45 minutes to wait around. Another person in the line also left while I was standing there. The problem is, what is the alternative? If you have packages, you can go to FedEx, UPS etc., but the USPS has a government enforced monopoly on first class mail. I think it is time to break that monopoly and make the USPS compete.

5 comments

First Class Mail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24437935)

Use the vending machine, buy stamps, stamp mail, drop in slot. They even have automated machines now to handle packages that will take credit cards and print labels for you.

Re:First Class Mail (1)

tompaulco (629533) | more than 5 years ago | (#24438845)

Good advice in general. The particulars of my case were that I have a PO Box at that particular facility, and that my renters pay rent to me via self-addressed stamped envelopes on the first of the month. I went in to the box and discovered that the rent was due on the box, and knew that they would seal the box if it was not paid by July 31st. Since it was August 1st, I did not wan to just pay it and drop it in the mail, because I might not be able to get my rent checks until the box was paid for. Luckily, the box was not sealed today, so I was able to pick up the ones who paid on time. However, I really wanted to pay the PO Box just in case they seal the box tomorrow or the next day. However, I could not justify standing in line for 45 minutes. Instead, I stuck the envelope back in my box, sticking partway out the back in hopes that some kind postal worker will see it and process it. Probably a false hope and I will come back to a sealed box with my check to the PO stuck in it unretrievable by me, and ignored by the PO staff.

moof (1)

Bill Dog (726542) | more than 5 years ago | (#24443119)

I think it is time to break that monopoly and make the USPS compete [in first class mail].

An interesting idea. Street corners might have multiple companies' mailboxes (like they do now in business districts), or one, or none, as each of the competing organizations would decide for themselves which locations make business sense for them. Or you could always go to their local office/with drive-up boxes. We wouldn't want x number of mailboxes at each house, so they'd probably all get a common key to each of ours, that would open up a box containing labeled shelves, where each company could deposit their mail all onto say the top shelf, and then they'd only grab anything that's on one of the other shelves that's the shelf for their company (and then only with the proper stamp or account number or barcode or however they choose to identify the collecting of their delivery fee).

BTW, can't you get the equivalent of your P.O. box at a place like Mailboxes Etc.?

Re:moof (1)

tompaulco (629533) | more than 5 years ago | (#24475739)

BTW, can't you get the equivalent of your P.O. box at a place like Mailboxes Etc.?
Undoubtedly, but I'm sure you can imagine what a hassle changing your address is for a business.

Re:moof (1)

Bill Dog (726542) | more than 5 years ago | (#24477401)

Okay, but then don't complain about a lack of competition when it's not worth the hassle to you of switching to a competitor. If everyone were like that, there'd be no competitors.

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