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Old 05-03-2019, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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Lots of people use Virtual Mailbox services for a monthly fee.

Why doesn't the USPS get in on this market? I think it would be very profitable.

Now that USPS offers Informed Delivery Daily Digest via email, the next step is to sell services for a Virtual Mailbox.
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Old 05-03-2019, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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I'm not sure I know what a virtual mailbox is...
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Old 05-03-2019, 02:41 PM
 
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I have enough monthly bills. I would never pay to read my mail online. I can already check my mail to see what is being delivered...that works for me.
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Old 05-03-2019, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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Many of us have all our bills sent electronically and are paid via our banking apps or bank e-bills/e-pay. I get very little mail that is important; it is mostly ads, credit card offers, insurance offerings. Stuff I never bother to open and it goes straight to the recycle bin.

With a virtual mail box, you get an email or smart phone alert when new mail arrives. You can use your phone app or go online to view an outside image of your mail and packages. Then you decide if you want the mail forwarded to you (delivered), scanned or discarded.

This is the future as the younger generations are more computer savvy. By offering Virtual Mail as an OPTION for those who wish to pay for it, it will generate income to USPS. But those of you who like getting mail to your home, you will still get it.
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Old 05-03-2019, 03:58 PM
 
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Yeah I just can’t see where anyone would pay for that. I mean maybe if you have money to burn…
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Old 05-03-2019, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Yeah I just can’t see where anyone would pay for that. I mean maybe if you have money to burn…
It eliminates what is by far the most costly element in mail delivery, the last mile. Which isn't necessarily a reason anyone would want it, but it makes the USPS push understandable.

(I saw a poster for this the other day at my PO... wasn't familiar with the term "virtual mailbox" for it.)
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Old 05-03-2019, 04:32 PM
 
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Oh sure, I get why they would try to sell it… everyone wants to make money. I just don’t see the market for it. But that’s me. I’m not rich.
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Old 05-03-2019, 05:01 PM
 
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Yeah I just can’t see where anyone would pay for that. I mean maybe if you have money to burn…

Anyone who is seldom in one physical location, like full-time RVers. Or people who travel 80% of the time.
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Old 05-03-2019, 05:37 PM
 
Location: NC
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When I changed addresses recently that was one of the options listed by the USPO. Can't remember the details but it was something available.
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Old 05-03-2019, 05:51 PM
 
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another attack vector for hackers.
"check's in the mail."
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