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A Post-Post Office World

David1454 Wrote: Apr 17, 2013 8:25 AM
Don't forget, a lot of the founders of UPS and FedEx got their careers started in the Post Office. They thenleft and started successful businesses, KNOWING that the USPS could not compete.
CVN65 Wrote: Apr 17, 2013 9:50 AM
They did pick and choose what they decided to deliver and do not guarantee delivery to every house address. They also charge far more when distance is involved.
doc, aka Rich Wrote: Apr 17, 2013 11:22 AM
Baloney. The profitable private carriers deliver to where the USPS parcel service will not. I can receive parcel service to my door from every private carrier. The USPS union rules provide them the privilege of choosing to not deliver. I've never had a USPS truck deliver parcels to my door once in all the years in my home. I make it a point to choose only non USPS parcel delivery on anything ordered or I have to make my own trek to a post office to pick up. USPS is the only carrier in the country that refuses to deliver to me.

Even parts of government that look like a business never get run with the efficiency of a business. Just look at the post office.

They buy commercials and tout their services the way private businesses do. They offer a service that customers want.

But a real business can't get away with losing billions every year. (I guess in the era of bailouts, I should say shouldn't get away with it.) The post office lost $16 billion last year, despite having all sorts of advantages that most private businesses don't have.

They have a near monopoly on first-class mail delivery. You want...

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