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    Re: Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount

    I don't have the statistics nor do I wish to look them up. I spend more in one month at the post office than I did for my first 38 years combined. While letters may be way down becuase of email, things like mail order is way up because of the internet.

    So, since Fed Ex can be profitable with packages I would think a model like Fed Ex for packages and cutting letter delivery down to 3 days would work better.

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    Re: Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount

    i still mail my bills, partially to help the postal service. plus, sitting down and writing the check makes me feel what i'm spending. i prefer that to clicking a button or having it automatically taken out of my account.

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    I ship everything on ebay through the postal service, if prices are better through fedex I havent noticed a significant enough disparity to care. I can drive 1 mile to my post office and pack everything myself, I receive almost everything through usps as well.

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    Re: Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    I ship everything on ebay through the postal service, if prices are better through fedex I havent noticed a significant enough disparity to care. I can drive 1 mile to my post office and pack everything myself, I receive almost everything through usps as well.
    Fedex is better for big items if you are willing to use the cheap option. I sent two motorcycle tires half way across the country for $12. Being that the Post Office is just around the corner for me, I also use them 95% of the time.

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    Re: Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/05/business/in-internet-age-postal-service-struggles-to-stay-solvent-and-relevant.html?_r=1

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    he day of reckoning is at hand for the Post office. This is what happens folks, when Government runs a business.
    This post is extremely ignorant.

    This is less about a government-run business and more about undergoing a technological revolution.

    The reason why the Post Office is losing money is because the expansion of the internet and the use of e-mail is taking the place of correspondence through letters. After all, the music, film, and television industries are losing money because of he expansion of the internet as well, and those aren't government run industries.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    Fedex is better for big items if you are willing to use the cheap option. I sent two motorcycle tires half way across the country for $12.
    Please link me to how that is possible through fedex if you didnt hold them at gunpoint lol. Also how is that even logistically feasible?

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    Re: Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Actually this is more what happens when government runs a vital service that fails to keep pace technologically and innovate to stay ahead because actually investing money in innovation is now apparently communism.
    The government has done a poor job maintaining the postal service especially when we have TWO private companies that do a much more efficient job (FedEx & UPS) to use as examples, and the only thing that makes the USPS vital in the 21st century is the Constitution which states in Article I Section 8 To establish Post Offices and Post Roads; Congress has failed to maintain the USPS and is suspect, with all the infrastructure reports lately, of maintaining Post Roads as well.
    The question is more important than the answer!

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    Re: Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    This post is extremely ignorant.

    This is less about a government-run business and more about undergoing a technological revolution.

    The reason why the Post Office is losing money is because the expansion of the internet and the use of e-mail is taking the place of correspondence through letters. After all, the music, film, and television industries are losing money because of he expansion of the internet as well, and those aren't government run industries.
    But that technology is going to cause the loss of many jobs and people are going to fight that tooth and nail.

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    Re: Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    But that technology is going to cause the loss of many jobs and people are going to fight that tooth and nail.
    I hope you werent of the lot that was opposed to bailing out the latest bust in the capitalist economic cycle that wouldve crashed earth into the depth of a depressionist hell spiral unbeknownst to modern man...

    that may have cost some jobs too... :P

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    Re: Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    Please link me to how that is possible through fedex if you didnt hold them at gunpoint lol. Also how is that even logistically feasible?
    Yep, error on my part. It was $16.69. It was still far cheaper than what the Post Office was going to charge. That includes $100 worth of insurance. Coker's sent me 4 tires through Fedex for $20. I figured $12 would cover two but I imagine that Coker gets a volume discount.

    Regular shipping has seemed to pretty much a wash between the two. WV to Alabama.

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