dpd1 - 10:01 pm on Nov 16, 2011 (gmt 0)
Keep in mind, the US mail service is one of those things that has national sentimentality, especially with older people. And they're the ones that have time to gripe to their Congressman if they don't like something. Walking out to get your mail at your own home box... Going to an official PO... The price of stamps... These are all things that are sort of 'Americana'. Honestly, I kind of feel the same way. It may not be the most efficient system there is, but it actually works pretty darn good when you think about it. Corporate America is real good at making things more 'efficient', but that's not always better. Walk into a Home Depot today... That may be a more efficient biz model, but can any older people honestly say they like going there better than the old school hardware stores they had when they were younger? Probably not.
It's like if you asked kids to not have summer vacation anymore or something like that. Just un-American. Other ways may be more efficient, but you are going to have people fighting against it. But inefficient or not, this is the system we have, and it is cheap compared to all other services. So now that it is that way, it's going to be very hard changing it in a way that people won't hate. It's like all the immigrant labor we have... People use to be willing to pay 10k to paint their house, because that's just the way it was. Now they think they're getting ripped off if somebody wants more than 2k. The standard has been set and they're spoiled.