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Old 03-07-2019, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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UPS and FedEx rely heavily on USPS for significant share of their delivery, both to places they do not serve (rural ... the "last mile" of a delivery) and because USPS is cheaper.

Lose USPS and prices will jump greatly for everything.
Contrary to some popular belief, privatization is not a panacea. If you want to see prices take off, turn over mail delivery to a company with a profit motive. If you believe that competition will keep prices low, larger companies will force smaller competitors out with predatory pricing, much like what happened in the airline industry after deregulation.
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Old 03-07-2019, 03:03 PM
 
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Contrary to some popular belief, privatization is not a panacea. If you want to see prices take off, turn over mail delivery to a company with a profit motive. If you believe that competition will keep prices low, larger companies will force smaller competitors out with predatory pricing, much like what happened in the airline industry after deregulation.
And prices are much lower now than during regulation.

At that, UPS and Fedex are expensive compared to USPS.
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Old 03-07-2019, 03:21 PM
 
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Won't happen. There are still too many people who either don't understand how to use it, and too many that don't trust it. All ages. Not just the elderly.
The US has a remarkably high number of people not using banks. It would be logical to let the USPS run basic bank services - and act as a go-between for electronic money transfers - but the check cashing places and payday lenders would have a fit.
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Old 03-07-2019, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Elysium
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It could easily be replaced by requiring companies to send e-bills that we can e-pay. UPS, Fed-Ex, DHL are all ready to expand package delivery. But the USPS is owned, lock stock and barrel by mass marketing, direct mail advertisers. They are a lobby group as strong as the NRA. Plus the Postal Workers Union will fight it tooth and nail.

But in reality, it is time to end the USPS.
And will the government be providing the E reader, the Internet connection and the electric power to everyone?
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Old 03-07-2019, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Technology seems to be evolving at a lightning speed imho just a matter of time before some else better steps in
Why do you want to pay more for shipping?

USPS is far cheaper than FedEx or UPS.

In many cases, you can use Priority Mail instead of Over-night for $7.00 and it's next day. All you have to do is ask. They'll tell you. City-to-city is one day. Anything to Cincinnati is one day. If it's going to Cleves, or Miamitown or Harrison, it'll probably be two days, and three days for General Delivery or Rural Free Delivery.

The instant gratification attitude is really expensive, and not really in your best interest.
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Old 03-07-2019, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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Won't happen. There are still too many people who either don't understand how to use it, and too many that don't trust it. All ages. Not just the elderly.
If they are that stupid, too bad. People had to learn to drive cars; they can learn how to access the internet.
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Old 03-07-2019, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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And will the government be providing the E reader, the Internet connection and the electric power to everyone?
For the dumb and dense, public libraries can be a central place for the uneducated to get help to access their mail on line.
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Old 03-07-2019, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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The US has a remarkably high number of people not using banks. It would be logical to let the USPS run basic bank services - and act as a go-between for electronic money transfers - but the check cashing places and payday lenders would have a fit.
FYI, since 2013 neither the VA nor Social Security mails checks. People who don't have bank accounts are suspect to me. BTW, only 8% of Americans are without bank accounts. Not that remarkable a number.
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Old 03-07-2019, 05:03 PM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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USPS is the only carrier that delivers to my town.
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Old 03-07-2019, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Elysium
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For the dumb and dense, public libraries can be a central place for the uneducated to get help to access their mail on line.
Well I guess if they are dumb and dense then they also will be tied up in the long commutes or at work during normal library hours. So 24 hour libraries with free printing serviced would be the government cost to kill a mostly self supporting postal service
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