Post USPS: A Brave New World…

Have you ever purchased something from your favorite online retailer (for me it’s Amazon) and eagerly awaited it’s delivery? Me too. There’s just something nice about getting a package delivered to your home. It’s kind of like Christmas. You know what’s in the box most of the time, but it’s fun to open it up anyway.

Usually Amazon ships my packages via UPS or FedEx, but from time to time they send it through the United States Postal Service.

I hate when that happens. Let me tell you why.

You see, with UPS & FedEx there are simple ways to check when your items will arrive. “But Scott, you can also track your package through” Yes, they say you can, but not really. If you’re the person shipping the package, you pay more to track. If you are the person receiving the package, you’re lucky to see the tracking info after you receive the actual shipment. This is just my experience, but I think the USPS is just another failed attempt by the government to run a business.

The USPS in nearly $70 Billion in debt and is asking Congress to bail them out. By the way, this is what $70,000,000,000 looks like. Makes it look a lot worse, huh?

Do we really even need the USPS anymore? How many letters did you send this week? This month? This year? I’m sure you emailed quite a few people, but hand-written letters are very rare. My mom still sends Cheryl & I letters or cards a few times a year, but she’s the only person in my life that does. We do receive a Birthday card from Cheryl’s Dad every year, but again, that’s it.

Think about what you get in the mail. Bills & junk mail. Tons of junk mail. More than 90% of what I get out of my mailbox everyday is junk mail. The other ten percent are bills and Cheryl’s magazines. In this digital age, you can get all your bills online and email anyone you want for FREE.

Let’s talk about shipping packages. UPS & FedEx have this down pat. They are efficient and reliable. The reason for that? If they weren’t, they would go bankrupt and fail. The USPS doesn’t live under those rules. You and I, or at least 53% of us, pay for the USPS to deliver our bills and junk mail to us 6 days a week. That’s just our tax dollars, you also have to pay for shipping and stamps on top of that.

You may have heard that the USPS is a semi-private business, but they receive upwards of $96 Million a year from the government. They also don’t have to pay Federal Taxes and receive discounted loans from the government as well.

Now they’re pressuring Congress to bail them out and in case you don’t know how this works, Congress will bail them out because “they’re too big to fail.”

So I ask you again, why do we use the USPS?

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5 thoughts on “Post USPS: A Brave New World…

  1. Heather Piszar says:

    I LITERALLY just walked in from a trip to the post office where I mailed FIFTEEN cards/bills. Many of them were thank you notes. Andrew recieved 8 get well cards in the mail last week after his appendectomy. Do you know how much that small item cheered him up?! I hear what you are saying and agree somewhat BUT I love getting cards in the mail….especially ones I am not expecting. And it IS very different from getting an email. It really is.
    I may be a dinosaur in this regard but I still pay most of my bills “the old fashioned way”. I do think a postal system of some sort, government or private, is necessary. Obviously there are some issues with the current system.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You can’t stop the mail, according to Newman. ;)

  3. Dsnook says:

    It looks as if there will no longer be Saturday mail delivery. You are correct in assuming that if the USPS were a private business they would have either gone bankrupt or cut their opperating costs a long time ago. I’m not sure why the government ever got into the business of delivering mail, other than it’s a fantastic way to keep 500,000 union jobs still going.

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