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2010-10-03 01:14:30 AM  

mt.madman: Got the same prob, here. in the mtns of so. Hellafornia. Cant get home delivery, it snows too much here, so the USPS says. I have a step daughter in Up state NY wher they get REAL snow, they get home delivery. Oh well, with the incompent plow driver we have here, they would take out all the mailboxes any how......


Small world, I'm in Crestline.
 
2010-10-03 01:34:34 AM  

Spartan_Manhandler: mt.madman: Got the same prob, here. in the mtns of so. Hellafornia. Cant get home delivery, it snows too much here, so the USPS says. I have a step daughter in Up state NY wher they get REAL snow, they get home delivery. Oh well, with the incompent plow driver we have here, they would take out all the mailboxes any how......

Small world, I'm in Crestline.


Running Springs here...... Thank God You get it!!!
 
2010-10-03 02:21:09 AM  

hbk72777: eddyatwork:

Says the boy who has no idea how the postal service works. Guess what? THEY ALREADY RAISED BULK MAIL RATES, MANY TIMES IN FACT. Guess what happened? Most mailing houses went out of business or scaled back to one or two inserters or mastermailers. How do I know? My father worked in mailing for 30 years. He finally closed shop. He used to sell rebuilt machines to these companies for 18-25 grand each, the last few years, he couldn't get a thousand each. That last increase screwed the bulk mail industry, and in turn, cost the USPS money. Now we have Einsteins on facebook saying to mail back those BRE's empty to help the post office. What these idiots don't understand is the company's will simply stop using BRE's if this continues, and the Post Office loses all of that bulk rate mail business.

Less bulk mail, guess what, you'll be paying a lot more to send little billy his birthday card. You want to pay a driver to go down a block to deliver 1 or 2 letters? How do you want them to pay for the gas in the truck?

"I don't need mail, email for everything blah blah" , really, can you get your DMV registration stickers through email? You wanna spend the day at the DMV to pick them up? How about credit cards and debit cards? My bank has changed over their debit cards once a year. You can't do everything electronically.



You take mail and mail related things pretty Gosh Darn seriously, huh?
 
2010-10-03 02:32:14 AM  

YouPeopleAreCrazy: Vanetia: No joke. Who the hell uses a phone book anymore?

I had to recently.
Power went out. Quick...whats the phone number for the electric company?

On the bill? No, that's an e-bill, stashed in Gmail.
Hang on...let me crank up the laptop...oops...no connection.

So I had to dig out the phone book and look it up.

Other than that...its a great seat booster for the grandkids at the dinner table.


1-800-GOOG-411
 
2010-10-03 02:45:55 AM  
I run an internet business and ship many packages per day via USPS and a few via UPS.

TsukasaK: nacker: Does UPS stop by your house every day to check if you have outgoing mail?

If I ask them to, they will (quick phone call or online button click). They do it for free.


Please tell me where I can sign up for a free pickup from UPS or FedEx. I pay a weekly fee for daily pickup from UPS and a per-pickup fee from FedEx. The USPS will do it free every day.

On my website I give customers the choice between USPS and UPS. Using a flat rate priority mail box from USPS, I can send a package that is 10+ pounds all the way across the country for ~$10 and it gets there in 2 days. The same service from UPS or FedEx is about triple that price. UPS Ground is usually about the same cost as Priority Mail, but takes 3-5 days instead of USPS 2-3 days. Yet, my customers still pick UPS occasionally. I don't get it.

The USPS provides an amazing service and that massive operating loss they have is well-justified in my opinion for what the people get back from it.

Because my business schedule is pretty crazy, I often don't rely on pickups but drop off my packages at the Post Office. If I have errands that take me across county I know I can stop at any post office in any one of the towns around and it will be fine. There is, however, only one UPS-staffed location anywhere near us and it's a huge PITA to have to go out of the way for them. I will give UPS credit, though, because my driver is very nice and provides a high level of service. The rates just aren't competitive.
 
2010-10-03 03:34:13 AM  

CarlofET: On my website I give customers the choice between USPS and UPS. Using a flat rate priority mail box from USPS, I can send a package that is 10+ pounds all the way across the country for ~$10 and it gets there in 2 days. The same service from UPS or FedEx is about triple that price. UPS Ground is usually about the same cost as Priority Mail, but takes 3-5 days instead of USPS 2-3 days. Yet, my customers still pick UPS occasionally. I don't get it.

The USPS provides an amazing service and that massive operating loss they have is well-justified in my opinion for what the people get back from it.

Because my business schedule is pretty crazy, I often don't rely on pickups but drop off my packages at the Post Office. If I have errands that take me across county I know I can stop at any post office in any one of the towns around and it will be fine. There is, however, only one UPS-staffed location anywhere near us and it's a huge PITA to have to go out of the way for them. I will give UPS credit, though, because my driver is very nice and provides a high level of service. The rates just aren't competitive.


USPS is fine if you're a small operation, but with any kind of volume, they quickly price themselves out of the market.

My employer, which does a relatively light amount of shipping, can ship that same 10 pound package from CA to MA for about $4.25 with Fedex Ground, and overnight for $16.50. And that includes realtime package tracking (not the crappy tracking USPS does) and insurance. We also have free daily pickup and free shipping supplies. We pretty much only USPS for small local mailing (small and large envelopes) and mailing to APO/FPO.
 
2010-10-03 03:40:21 AM  
gund 2010-10-03 12:24:09 AM
Kittypie070: gund 2010-10-02 10:23:20 PM

This country needs to awaken that with a global economy, the pay for everybody needs to be adjusted.

Awesome.

Tell us that again when you get your wages "readjusted", snowflake.


That's one way to argue the point I guess. Considering I'm unemployed and use no government benefits, I'm sure it will be difficult.


(looks askance)

You ain't named Craig T. Nelson, are ya boyo...?
 
2010-10-03 04:33:59 AM  

Kittypie070: And we get to hear you laugh at them losing their houses, because....ohh, they're a bunch of loser deadbeats and they shudda knowed bettur than to buy McMansions.


I'm going to lose my house because my attorney of a wife cannot find work, and we got boned.

I consider her levels above your average postal worker. We are all suffering, but stupid and union shouldn't demand any more money than smart and non-union.

So yeah, I expect you to suck it up and lose your house. I am, so should you.
 
2010-10-03 03:41:07 PM  

Worst.Fark handle. ever.: and pop-culture themed stamps where some of the money goes to paying copyright holders, perhaps they might see an improved bottom line.


You do realize that they make a lot of money selling those to collectors right? It's the same deal with the US mint selling collectible coins.
 
2010-10-05 01:33:33 AM  
nicotommer 2010-10-03 04:33:59 AM
Kittypie070: And we get to hear you laugh at them losing their houses, because....ohh, they're a bunch of loser deadbeats and they shudda knowed bettur than to buy McMansions.

I'm going to lose my house because my attorney of a wife cannot find work, and we got boned.

I consider her levels above your average postal worker. We are all suffering, but stupid and union shouldn't demand any more money than smart and non-union.

So yeah, I expect you to suck it up and lose your house. I am, so should you.



Hmm.

OK, I guess I better pull my head out of my ass as well as my foot outta my mouth and apologize before this thread is closed.

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