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Thread: Should the government bail out the post office?

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    Re: Should the government bail out the post office?

    Alex Libman

    Fair enough. It's got a monopoly on low priority, low weight, high volume. But given the exceedingly low margins (and extreme start up costs), it's real questionable if a firm would even bother with that.

    Notice the link to Anarcho-Capitalist hero Lysander Spooner's American Letter Mail Company in my previous post. He was able to provide postal service better and cheaper than the government, but Uncle Sam initiated aggression against him, as they would against UPS / FedEx if they ever start to offer delivery of standard (non-urgent) mail, or go below a certain price, etc.
    I'm not so sure about that. First of all, that firm operated back in the late 1800s. Comparing that to today's operation is apples and oranges. A great deal of the cost savings that allowed the USPS to generate actual profits is from mass scale. And FedEx/UPS are geared towards high weight, generally low volume per customer, high priority. Switching to a low priority, high volume, low weight with hundreds of millions of delivery points every day (rather than just perhaps a million at most) is an entirely different animal.
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    Re: Should the government bail out the post office?

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Can you cite such a law that prohibits a private standard mail delivery service?
    "First Class mail volume (which is protected by legal monopoly)"

    [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Post_Office]United States Postal Service - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    And what law or case are you citing this position on?
    Using historical facts, bulk mail delivery was being done by outside companies.

    Intra city mail delivery was also being done, if I remember correctly a law was passed making it illegal for private businesses to charge less than the postal service charged.

    I'm still trying to find the article I was reading in reference to this.
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    Re: Should the government bail out the post office?

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Fair enough. It's got a monopoly on low priority, low weight, high volume. But given the exceedingly low margins (and extreme start up costs), it's real questionable if a firm would even bother with that.
    I great solution to this is P.O. Boxes, in fact UPS has its own set of P.O. boxes that use the stores real address so you can get anything delivered to it, unlike USPS P.O. Boxes.
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