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(Chicago Trib)   Postal service will charge another 1 cent per postage stamp next year, an increase that will affect dozens of people incapable of sending email   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 59
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2012-10-12 01:33:02 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: There are somethings I can't do via email, such as pay my rent. It needs to be sent by mail. Our landlord doesn't take credit or debit cards & we must either send a money order or cashier's check. No personal checks allowed.


Every online bill payment service mails cashier's checks. They take the money from your account and then print a cashier's check that reads, "From Bank on behalf of You." It should satisfy your landlord.
 
2012-10-12 03:53:50 PM  

anfrind: notmtwain: Bathia_Mapes: There are somethings I can't do via email, such as pay my rent. It needs to be sent by mail. Our landlord doesn't take credit or debit cards & we must either send a money order or cashier's check. No personal checks allowed.

Oh, and most of us are smart enough to buy Forever Stamps, which aren't affected by rate increases.

Yes and you get to have the pleasure of making interest free loans to the Federal government at the same time.

How patriotic of you!

// How many years of forever did you buy? 10? 20? 50? Think of the children, will you?

I bought a pack of forever stamps at Costco about five years ago, and as of right now I'm about halfway through it. I don't think that was a bad investment.

Too Pretty For Prison: The scheme is brilliant. About every 6 or 8 months I am forced to actually mail something. I go to the Post Office and think "oh, I'll just buy a book of these forever stamps so I won't ever have to come back again". Then 6 months later I have to mail something and can't find the stamps, so I go back and think "oh, I'll just buy a book of these forever stamps so I won't ever have to come back again - and this time I mean it". Then 6 months.....repeat, etc.

I have an old-fashioned writing desk with several drawers of multiple sizes (a hand-me-down from my grandmother) that I keep all of my dead-tree products in, including stamps, spare pens and pencils, and envelopes. That way, I always know where to look for things when I need to mail something.


I don't have a desk like that, but I keep the book of stamps inside the box of envelopes. That way I don't have to seach for them.
 
2012-10-12 04:10:22 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: There are somethings I can't do via email, such as pay my rent. It needs to be sent by mail. Our landlord doesn't take credit or debit cards & we must either send a money order or cashier's check. No personal checks allowed.


Wire transfer. Duh.
 
2012-10-12 06:03:23 PM  
Bathia_Mapes: There are somethings I can't do via email, such as pay my rent. It needs to be sent by mail. Our landlord doesn't take credit or debit cards & we must either send a money order or cashier's check. No personal checks allowed.

Oh, and most of us are smart enough to buy Forever Stamps, which aren't affected by rate increases.


Or you could just be a real adult and actually buy a house, like most people have accomplished long before your age.

And "investing" in Forever stamps is a lousy investment since by law the price of stamps can't be greater than inflation.

But thanks for trying.
 
2012-10-12 06:29:47 PM  

schoberp: I work in a mail room. Every time someone sighs melodramatically at a yearly increase of a penny per stamp, I challenge them to deliver a letter to the closest city for cheaper than the cost of that stamp. If they can do it, cool. Otherwise, they can STFU.

A gallon of gas costs ~$4. If the average car gets 25MPG, that means you can go 6 miles for a dollar(assuming that starting your car burns 0 gas). So, if your letter is going farther than a mile and a half away, it will cost you more to drive it there than to mail it. And that same stamp means you can mail a letter to Honolulu or Key West for exactly the same cost.

Gas goes up weekly, and outside of a few articles about how those wacky Californians are paying through the nose, no one kvetches "oh, no one drives anymore. With telecommuting and Skype, I don't have to visit people, let's let the roads grow over."

So man up, pay the twenty cents more for the book of stamps that will lat you all year, and stop your goddamned whining!


Actually, it's less than that. it costs 16 cents a mile (at 25 mpg). Right now, it costs 45 cents to mail a letter via USPS. In order to make the trip worth the effort, you can only travel at max 2.8125 miles (both ways mind you) to deliver the letter yourself by today's price. When it raises to 46 cents, it'll be 2.875 miles max. If you travel more than that, it's worth putting a stamp on the letter and mailing.
 
2012-10-13 12:12:52 AM  

People_are_Idiots: Actually, it's less than that. it costs 16 cents a mile (at 25 mpg). Right now, it costs 45 cents to mail a letter via USPS. In order to make the trip worth the effort, you can only travel at max 2.8125 miles (both ways mind you) to deliver the letter yourself by today's price. When it raises to 46 cents, it'll be 2.875 miles max. If you travel more than that, it's worth putting a stamp on the letter and mailing.


Unless you're going right by there on the way to elsewhere.
 
2012-10-13 10:44:29 AM  

Jimmysolson: People_are_Idiots: Actually, it's less than that. it costs 16 cents a mile (at 25 mpg). Right now, it costs 45 cents to mail a letter via USPS. In order to make the trip worth the effort, you can only travel at max 2.8125 miles (both ways mind you) to deliver the letter yourself by today's price. When it raises to 46 cents, it'll be 2.875 miles max. If you travel more than that, it's worth putting a stamp on the letter and mailing.

Unless you're going right by there on the way to elsewhere.


Even then, it's still 2.8125 miles. While some things might be within the range, others are not. For example, Chase Mastercard and Wal-mart is 3.3 miles from my location. Nearest Sears (you can pay Discover there) is 4.3 miles from my location. The nearest post office? 2.1 miles... or simply 0.0 miles by placing the mail outside. Even traveling to another place, it's simply worth more to just mail it.
 
2012-10-13 03:03:50 PM  

optikeye: The USPS is far better for my home delivery than Fedex or UPS.

Plus, get over yourselves Urban dewellers..Some people that live in those 'grand glorious' internet tough guy areas..don't have daily delivery for mail, via FedEx, UPS. While USPS delivers to those locations.

Plus if you save the junk mail..they make good fireplace starters when you shred them and put a little wax and kerosene on them.


Regarding junk mail, get a sharpie, X out your address & write REFUSE on the front then toss in a mail box. If they like giving junk mailers a preferential treatment then they can deal with it.

/USPS doesn't give a shiat about my mail being stolen & won't let me move mailbox back to the end of my own driveway. F*** 'em!
 
2012-10-13 08:27:24 PM  

inthesticks: Regarding junk mail, get a sharpie, X out your address & write REFUSE on the front then toss in a mail box. If they like giving junk mailers a preferential treatment then they can deal with it.


I believe it's REFUSED but I suppose it'd work for you either way. They're pretty smart that way.
Bulk business mail does not get returned to the sender.
The endorsement the PO uses when returning a refused piece of 1st class mail reads "Refused by addressee".
It also gets the big finger.

Don't get caught throwing your trash into a mail collection box.
 
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