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Save your pennies postal rates are going up again.....AND AGAIN!

Updated on November 1, 2012

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United State Post Office Alerts Consumers Of Price Increases

As a continued user of the post office and its services, I have recently found certain shipping charges and fees to be as ridiculous as property taxes. It seems to me that the United States Post Office is lacking in keeping up with technology of today causing consumers to take their business elsewhere such as FedEx or UPS. Incentives that were once appealing such as overnight delivery, delivery confirmation, and similar benefits have now all become so expensive that the fee outweighs the benefit.

The other day I attempted to mail a legal sized envelope that contained a card worth about $10. I wanted to make sure that once the mail arrived I could verify that the receipient got the letter. That was an extra $2!!! I suppose a simple phone call to verify the mail arrived would've been cheaper but what about sending things to people you dont know? Then of course, you have the flat rate boxes where the big push was that whatever items you could shove in that one little box, no matter how much, would be one simple fee. That was a great marketing ploy when it first came out. However, the price of those 'flat-rate' boxes have increased by nearly 30%. In my area, if you plan on dropping off any packages between the hours of noon and 1p.m. forget it since that's a lock down lunch hour. What if my lunch is at the same time?

Let it be known that I don't blame the postal workers since I'm well aware that this is beyond their control but after reading about how the potential for our USPS to cancel Saturday delivery in order to save on costs, and continue to increase rates and fees for mailings because it's the only way they can operate just doesn't sit well for me.

It's like most businesses when the demand goes down most companies increase price or make cuts to balance the books. Instead of focusing on price increases and job cuts, why can't places stick to what works and market it. The forever stamps are a good thing and make sense, but will their price increase too?

I wish I still had my horse carriage and buggy at times. As the email, Internet, and online bill pay phase have taken over I realize the impact that this has had on the traditional mailings. It still does not explain to me why certain postal fees are fair.

This is just a perfect example of supply and demand. It's unfortunate that our postal service offices are pending on closing and people are losing hours if not their jobs, but at some point the USPS needs to keep up on technology and the cost effectiveness. Understandably, people need wages where machines don't, however, trying to stay competitive is a job that falls on the post offices, in my opinion. I don't want anybody to lose their job, I have, and it's not fun. However, common economic law is simply put that when the price is high, the demand decreases. PERIOD!

I'd love to hear some feedback from others on how they feel, but I refuse to pay almost $3 to mail an envelope.

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    • ib radmasters profile image

      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California

      How much would the other companies charge you?

      The price of gas and diesel has to be a big factor in the cost of delivery service.

      I am not arguing your issue.

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      KDF 5 years ago from Central Illinois

      Yeah I understand what your saying. UPS, DHL and FEDEX and a few other courier type services are less expensive but not as close in distance to some rural areas. So it's kind of a catch 22.

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I hate to see postal rates going up, but I prefer the USPS services to UPS, DHL or FEDEX, all of which have a much higher rate of damage (for which they never reimburse you) and theft.

      I sell items on etsy.com, Amazon Marketplace and occasionally, eBay. I ship nearly everything via USPS, and have only experienced one lost shipment in two years. If I'd been using UPS, I wouldn't be able to make that statement.

      Home delivery (and pickup) of my USPS mail is made by a wonderful, cheerful mail carrier whom I can count on Monday through Saturday. (I hope the P.O. doesn't stop Saturday deliveries/pickups.)

      The last time (and I do mean the LAST TIME) I used UPS to send a box too large for USPS Parcel Post, I regretted it when it was damaged and--like I said--though a UPS rep looked at the damage, there was no followup and it only cost ME, for which UPS did not reimburse me.

      Unfortunately, Amazon uses UPS, and I buy a lot from Amazon. I also send anything that's damaged in transit straight back to Amazon at their expense for a refund. If it happens as much to others as it does to me, I would hope Amazon would "see the light" and change carriers. They have such a large volume of shipping that UPS probably gives them a very cheap rate. Still, damaged shipments can't help Amazon's image with customers.

      Gee...I didn't intend this comment to turn into a rant. I just wanted to say that I'm sad to see USPS rates go up, but will be sadder still if we lose the United States Postal Service altogether.

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      KDF 5 years ago from Central Illinois

      Everything goes up but our wages! LOL

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      PostaeAnywhere 2 years ago

      Consumers and Small Businesses should also try shipping optimization sites such as www.PostageAnywhere.com. You'll get a free account which allows you to ship when you need to, without monthly fees, and you'll also get noticeable discounts on custom packages (small parcels).

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