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  •  Lori - the USPS loses money on delivering (4+ / 0-)
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    FG, notrouble, PrahaPartizan, mungley

    the regular mail. Delivering packages is very profitable business for the USPS.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Dec 02, 2013 at 12:30:17 PM PST

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    •  They only lose money on the (9+ / 0-)

      junk mail no one else is forced to deliver at junk mail prices.

    •  The USPS has paid up health and retirement (7+ / 0-)

      Benefits for people that haven't been born yet, thanks to a Republican Congress, Senate, and President in 2006.  There is no other organization on this planet with those requirements.  It siphoned $5 Billion a year out of the USPS balance sheet.  And who did USPS have to pay this money to?  Yup, the US Treasury General Fund.  The money isn't even ear-marked for the USPS.  A Republican Congress could spend it any way they wanted to.   And you're telling me they have to compete with for-profit companies?  Give me a break.

    •  the USPS does a far better job (0+ / 0-)

      with package delivery than either FedX or UPS. But of the latter, UPS is the better of the two. FedX is the absolute worst. I will pay extra to avoid having them ship a package. They will lie and say that you weren't home, when you were waiting right by the door for the package. I've actually seen them drive right by my home, and then claim that they tried to deliver and no one was home. FedX is the absolute worst.

    •  Loses money on…. (1+ / 0-)
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      jqb

      Wrong Lori,

      First class mail delivery is EXTREMELY profitable, which is why the right wing wants to bankrupt USPS w/unfunded mandates.

      However, first class is declining, in part because of the financial crisis (Banks were huge drivers of first class, including Credit Card offers…)

      Still, operationally, USPS was profitable in 2013.

    •  Actually...no! (1+ / 0-)
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      jqb

      USPS uses the First Class rates to subsidize their parcel service.  As a manager at UPS I was involved in at least two studies that demonstrated that they could not possibly supply the package service for the price they charged, and that was before they finally introduced basic tracking.  That remains true today, and you can see that when you compare rates.

      Both UPS and FedEx supply complete tracking, including delivery confirmation and email status updates in near real time, while USPS sorta tracks stuff kinda.  For example, a package that I had shipped USPS is still "out for delivery" almost a year later.  It has actually been delivered, but they don't know that...and don't much care.

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