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(BusinessWeek)   Greeting Card Association protests against postal rate increase, sends the Postal Commission a greeting card with a popup extended middle finger   (businessweek.com) divider line 15
    More: Followup, GCA, U.S. Postal Service  
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2013-09-10 09:03:22 AM
The greeting card industry is on its way out, as it should be.  A corporate produced personal note is a little stupid.
 
2013-09-10 09:18:33 AM
MAybe they do better lobbying Congress to remove the rules that only apply to the post office for the sheer purpose of driving them in debt so they can destroy the post office.

You know like have to put aside 50 years of pension money for every employee hired in a fund that can't raise interest, to the lovely they must turn over the most profitable business over to Fedex and UPS.to deliver. Then they wouldn't need to raise stamp costs because they would be solidly in the black again.
 
2013-09-10 09:57:10 AM
I read the words "Greeting Card Association" and I'm imagining a lot of cats and child molester glasses.
 
2013-09-10 10:12:02 AM
Does anyone actually pay attention to the price of stamps when mailing a personal letter?

I could see dentists shying away from sending out those 6-month checkup cards and the industry possibly taking a hit from that, but stamps could be a buck and I still wouldn't care.  Christmas and birthdays are the only times I mail letters, anyways.
 
2013-09-10 10:17:14 AM
Bring it. I bought "Forever" stamps back when they were 42c. I've already made ~10% on my investment.
 
2013-09-10 10:34:44 AM

flaminio: Bring it. I bought "Forever" stamps back when they were 42c. I've already made ~10% on my investment.


Actually, no you haven't.
 
2013-09-10 10:36:36 AM
So the stamp costing 2¢ more would make people less apt to send a greeting card and more apt to send e-cards, but the greeting card's costing $3.99 wouldn't?
 
2013-09-10 12:00:07 PM
<i>One of its key suggestions is for the USPS to move to cluster-box delivery rather than taking mail to everybody's doorstep, which might mean fewer letter carriers. </i>

Better yet how about no door to door delivery. Everybody has to go to the Post Office, but remodel the PO buildings so they have drive through service like banks. That way you drive up, send your key, or hell make it a key card, through the tube, and the PO delivers your mail back through the tube. If you have any mail that is too big for the tube then you are asked to come inside. Any mail over three days old is pitched, unless a hold has been requested.

Done, no more mail carriers, reduced costs, and the consumer can go suck it.
 
2013-09-10 12:33:00 PM

jimpoz: So the stamp costing 2¢ more would make people less apt to send a greeting card and more apt to send e-cards, but the greeting card's costing $3.99 wouldn't?


I'd hate to think of what kind of message I would get in a card that cost LESS than $3.99.  'Happy Birthday' doesn't come cheap.
 
2013-09-10 01:40:43 PM

Nuclear Monk: I'd hate to think of what kind of message I would get in a card that cost LESS than $3.99. 'Happy Birthday' doesn't come cheap.


I just don't feel like someone loves me if there isn't any glitter.
 
2013-09-10 02:17:56 PM
Two cents? So if I send 1000 letters a year, it will cost me a whole 20 bucks extra? Oh, it's the end of the world!

/and I feel fine
 
2013-09-10 04:52:27 PM

Sugarbombs: Does anyone actually pay attention to the price of stamps when mailing a personal letter?

I could see dentists shying away from sending out those 6-month checkup cards and the industry possibly taking a hit from that, but stamps could be a buck and I still wouldn't care.  Christmas and birthdays are the only times I mail letters, anyways.


This.

Also, if anything is keeping me from sending more greeting cards it the cards themselves. A card used to run a $1.50 - $2.50 not to many years ago, now they start at $4.99 and go up from there.
 
2013-09-11 12:12:35 AM
Can we protest against the greeting card industry for 8 dollar valentine cards?
 
2013-09-11 12:31:53 PM

limeyfellow: MAybe they do better lobbying Congress to remove the rules that only apply to the post office for the sheer purpose of driving them in debt so they can destroy the post office.

You know like have to put aside 50 years of pension money for every employee hired in a fund that can't raise interest, to the lovely they must turn over the most profitable business over to Fedex and UPS.to deliver. Then they wouldn't need to raise stamp costs because they would be solidly in the black again.




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2013-09-11 10:27:31 PM
And, thanks to subby, I have a new business idea. Honestly, is it not worth ~$5 total to send a pop-up middle finger greeting card with a recording of your special message to the recipient?
 
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