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Thread: Should door to door mail delivery end?

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    Re: Should door to door mail delivery end?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winchester View Post
    The post office would cease to exist w/o all that volume.
    Yeah JRSaindo really annoyed me with his post. I guess he thinks that those sending junk mail get to send it for free. The rest of us get stiffed with those $0.46 stamps.

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    Re: Should door to door mail delivery end?

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    Is this true?
    if anything is placed in your mailbox by other than a US postal employee, the law has been violated

    before UPS, fedX and the like, the USPS had a monopoly on package deliveries
    if they could do it profitably, private concerns would be delivering junk mail, too


    is it now time to assign each legal resident a unique email address to receive government mail?
    that would entail providing internet access to every resident plus the means to check their e-mail
    would that not be a more economic measure over time?
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    Re: Should door to door mail delivery end?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    They would do it better because they wouldn't do it the same.
    Who is stopping them?

    Is UPS and FedEx distancing themselves from the market on first class mail intentionally?

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    Re: Should door to door mail delivery end?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    The story is our US Post Office is loosing tons of money - the reasons are a bit complex but suffice to say they have been running in the red for quite some time and something has to give. A recent bill H.R. 4670, Secure Delivery for America Act of 2014 -- was approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee recently. This bill basically removes at home delivery and creates a centralized delivery mailbox (outdoors or indoors) where people will need to travel to pick up their daily mail, USPS packages, etc. The saving is estimated (yeah right - sorry but government identifying savings is like NASA stumbling on a "faster than the speed of light warp drive") to be $2 Billion per year.


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    The same type of plan is being phased in here in Canada. My only objection to the plan, personally, is that here in Canada the post office delivers scads of junk mail and flyers and I'm not going down the block daily to pick up junk to carry back home and toss in my recycle bin. They better have recycle bins right on the site of the community boxes or the neighbors in the direct vicinity are going to have their lawns covered in discarded flyers and junk. Out of principle, I will simply collect all the junk mail and walk it to the outgoing postal box and dump it in there if they continue as they do currently.
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    Re: Should door to door mail delivery end?

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    Who is stopping them?

    Is UPS and FedEx distancing themselves from the market on first class mail intentionally?
    It is illegal for UPS and Fed Ex to handle first-class mail.

    And unless and until the post office is no longer subsidized, private enterprise is hog-tied.

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    Re: Should door to door mail delivery end?

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    if anything is placed in your mailbox by other than a US postal employee, the law has been violated

    before UPS, fedX and the like, the USPS had a monopoly on package deliveries
    if they could do it profitably, private concerns would be delivering junk mail, too


    is it now time to assign each legal resident a unique email address to receive government mail?
    that would entail providing internet access to every resident plus the means to check their e-mail
    would that not be a more economic measure over time?
    My newspaper delivery gives me a newspaper box. I think FedEx should pick a Zip Code, set up FedEx Boxes and do a test run. Maybe the US government could soften the regulations on the use of mail boxes. I guess it doesn't make sense for the Post Office to put itself out of business. Maybe that's not such a good idea.

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    Re: Should door to door mail delivery end?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    until the post office is no longer subsidized, private enterprise is hog-tied.
    I really don't think they are subsidized but many people in here are making that claim. I hope that one of us in the thread has enough motivation and time to find out if the post office is subsidized or not.

    It would change the way I feel about the subject if I found out that they were subsidized. I honestly don't believe that they are.

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    Re: Should door to door mail delivery end?

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    if anything is placed in your mailbox by other than a US postal employee, the law has been violated

    before UPS, fedX and the like, the USPS had a monopoly on package deliveries
    if they could do it profitably, private concerns would be delivering junk mail, too


    is it now time to assign each legal resident a unique email address to receive government mail?
    that would entail providing internet access to every resident plus the means to check their e-mail
    would that not be a more economic measure over time?
    They would have to require us to pay for each email sent. Otherwise people will have mailboxes overrun with spam and wouldn't be able to find their real mail. This would be highly destructive to the intent of the post office. On the other hand if people had to pay $0.46 to send a Post Office approved e-mail they might be inclined to use a private email account that costs nothing. It's tricky.

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    Re: Should door to door mail delivery end?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    It is illegal for UPS and Fed Ex to handle first-class mail.
    True, but what that means is that you can't stick a letter in an envelope, put a US Postage Stamp on it, and give to a non-USPS carrier. But you can take that letter, stick in the carriers envelope and pay them to deliver it

    And unless and until the post office is no longer subsidized, private enterprise is hog-tied.
    Meaning, the private carriers can't do it for so low a price.
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    Re: Should door to door mail delivery end?

    I wouldn't love it, since it would be kind of a pain in the ass having to go further than the end of my driveway to get the mail. However I could just set all my bills to be sent electronically, and I'd probably only have to check it once a week, considering 99% of the mail I get is bills or junk mail. So it wouldn't be a huge deal.
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