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Since: 24.3.02
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In an attempt to save money, the postal service is considering closing 700 branches (which amounts to .2% of the total).

The Postal Regulatory Commission website is getting slammed from people trying to read the list of potential closures.
I've rehosted it on scribd if you're one of those people.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/18108806/Station-and-Branch-List120

What more interesting to me is the question of whether there's anything that can be done to make the postal service solvent? If it were a private company I feel like postage would be like a $1.50 and we'd get home delivery once a week. But rate increases are regulated by Congress to not be any higher than inflation, and you saw what happened when they tried to even cut delivery down to 5 days a week. The Postmaster General told Congress he has no ideas for how to fix the problem. Is the idea of a solvent postal service hopeless?
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Judging from a quick scan of the list, looks like they kept it primarily to large population centers where another post office should be relatively close by for support. Will those facilities that survive take on at least some of the mail carriers let go by the closing branches?




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Mine is on the list. And my next closest too, actually. The NEXT next closest is a good bit away.
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    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo
    In an attempt to save money, the postal service is considering closing 700 branches (which amounts to .2% of the total)... Is the idea of a solvent postal service hopeless?


Yes, unless they are able to jack up prices, the USPS will never 'Make' money. For all the work they do, they have to have all those people working.

Look at Christmas time. They almost have to double the employees just to keep the mail going on time.

Closing branches will only hurt the economy because all those people will be getting on welfare which will bring the country even more in debt.

The only way I can see for the Post Office to ever make a profit is by privatizing it and jacking up the prices.



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There are going to some organizations that won't make money and the post office is one of those. The internet and UPS pretty much killed this thing. I expect some early retirements mixed with transfers. They are going to need the people to cover those routes and at the window.
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I can see becoming more efficient but whay does the post office need to make money or even break even? We already have limited window hours in the small county seat I live in and they went from taking mail out twice a day to once. It really sort of scares me that we will go to a totally electronic society.



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It's sad to see the Modesto Main office on there. That's a cool WPA building with great stuff in it. It is probably old and drafty, but it has a ton of character and is in a great location for the 4th of July parade.

Looks like my little area escaped any cuts.




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I don't see why they don't just jack up stamps to $.50 and get it over with, then make future increments at 5 cents instead of pennies. It would certainly make vending easier.

I'd also be for eliminating Saturday delivery.

Let's face it...the importance of the USPS in this day and age is slowly moving the way of passenger rail service. I don't even bother to check my mail more than once or twice a week anymore.
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You wanted the best, you got... Out of Context Quote of the Week.

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...well, crap. Although my local post office (which, despite being sparkling new, is hilariously inadequate* for the amount of business it gets) isn't on the block, a couple I've used* are Marked for Death (tm). I actually do use the post office (to ship stuff I sell on eBay or half.com), but considering how inconvenient it is, I've considered getting a scale and just printing everything at home. When you're making it this easy for customers who actually do need a physical location to just do without, well... Good thing they're not expected to profit.

* Maybe it was part of the USPS's mission to fit in with the community... my middle school was far too small, the day it opened, for the number of students it served. Their commitment should be commended, I suppose?

** And by "used", I mean "I've parked in their lot to pick up the Fairfield County Weekly a couple of times" or "I had to mail a CD there once".




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    Originally posted by Mr Heel II
    I don't see why they don't just jack up stamps to $.50 and get it over with, then make future increments at 5 cents instead of pennies. It would certainly make vending easier.

    I'd also be for eliminating Saturday delivery.
You guys get Saturday delivery? That's pretty cool. Where I am, it's strictly Monday-Friday.

I think that postal service is exceptionally affordable, and even a five cent increase is worth the service offered.

(edited by Oliver on 6.8.09 0839)


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It's the problem of using a linear increase in price (adding X cents every Y years) instead of increasing the base price of everything by the rate of inflation + X.

If people are used to seeing 3-4 cent increases every few years that is difficult when 3 cents used to be a 10% increase in the cost of a stamp and now it is a 5% increase. (I don't know what stamps cost now, sorry)




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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.35
    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    It's the problem of using a linear increase in price (adding X cents every Y years) instead of increasing the base price of everything by the rate of inflation + X.

    If people are used to seeing 3-4 cent increases every few years that is difficult when 3 cents used to be a 10% increase in the cost of a stamp and now it is a 5% increase. (I don't know what stamps cost now, sorry)


You're correct Guru but didn't I read that the one and two cent stamps you need cost them more to produce than the actual increase.



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