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The postal systems problems are about 75% interference from the government
Y'all want your free boxes and you rationalize it to make it sound like you are entitled to them.
Our postal workers get decent pensions and have full health coverage as well.
Blaming the workers or the politicians is not going to fix anything. At the end of the day, if you are not charging enough for your service to cover your expenses, it is an unsustainable business model.
The free flat-rate boxes offered by USPS are one thing they did right.
One thing that I THOUGHT was going to work out well are the automated Postal Counters (APCs).
they work well for about 905 of most people's mail needs. But for whatever reason, people don't seem to be willing to use them.
There are times when I swing by the post office to pick up some flat rate envelopes or something and there will be a LINE of 10 or 15 people for the counter, and NO ONE is using the APCs. I go over to see if they are out of order or something, but they aren't; just people are afraid to use them.
So how can the politician's NOT be to blame if every time USPS suggests a rate increase, their is no political support from Congress?
I seized upon the "Free Box" thing as an example of how some Americans expect these kind of things .. yet are then surprised that USPS is running a massive deficit. It is a symptom of a larger problem .. hint, hint.
You can complain all you want about over funding a pension plan. But that money is not going into a black hole. It is likely better to over-fund the pension plan than under-fund it and pass the bill to your grandchildren.
I have yet to see anyone here offer to pay more for a stamp or a measly $1 for the "free box". Amazing.
Why does this bother me? Partly, because I have to compete with American companies who are taking full advantage of these discounted postal services and "free" packaging.
Completely aware of that. However, if they run an operating deficit forever eventually the taxpayers will be on the hook.
I actually know business owners that don't even use an online postage service. They lug dozens of boxes to the PO every day and stand in line.
But lets face it, the flat rate box thing is a scam and they know it. That's why they push it.
The newish Priority Mail Regional Rate boxes rock! ... the Rate Box A is basically the rate for a two pound package, ...
Maybe I shouldn't admit this, but that used to be us! Fortunately, our postal clerks are awesome people, and encouraged us to use Click-n-Ship (admittedly, it's nowhere near as nice as the various services that charge a monthly fee, but it's still an overall improvement). Nowadays we just drop stuff off and avoid the line entirely.
Too bad they are only domestic.