Comments on: Things I don’t understand: USPS /rants/things-i-dont-understand-usps/ sealed abstract class drew {} Sun, 27 Mar 2016 22:51:38 +0000 hourly 1 By: John Costello /rants/things-i-dont-understand-usps/comment-page-1/#comment-9514 Sun, 28 Jul 2013 15:59:39 +0000 /?p=1365#comment-9514 FedEx and UPS can’t compete on mail delivery anyway, because USPS basically has to deliver to every rural house in the entire US.

In many places, UPS / FedEx rely on USPS for last-mile delivery — they deliver things all the way up to their closest distribution center, walk it over to the post office, and toss it in.

By: Karen /rants/things-i-dont-understand-usps/comment-page-1/#comment-7714 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 21:34:49 +0000 /?p=1365#comment-7714 I can tell you why UPS and FedEx are getting the business and not USPS.

I have been shipping with FedEx because my company shipped internationally, and they are business documents that have to go through the authentication, notary and the State Department so we don’t just toss it into the mail and hope that they get there in one piece.

FedEx and UPS will give a confirmation number that you can track online. USPS will give you a number also, but it only tells you something like, “in transit.”

Not only that, using USPS print and ship, and you will find out how many times they double charged your account and won’t refund you for up to 6 weeks.

No thank you.

That’s why I use FedEx or UPS.

By: bion /rants/things-i-dont-understand-usps/comment-page-1/#comment-7531 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:35:35 +0000 /?p=1365#comment-7531 What’s with the range of shipping rates? I can ship a package by Thursday for anywhere from $6.15 to $54.60?

By: Rob /rants/things-i-dont-understand-usps/comment-page-1/#comment-7530 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:34:20 +0000 /?p=1365#comment-7530 Everyone but USPS offers package tracking. USPS will only eventually tell you if it was delivered. To Amazon, NewEgg, Ebay, and their customers, that’s a feature worth a non-trivial amount.

By: Adam /rants/things-i-dont-understand-usps/comment-page-1/#comment-7529 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 04:11:44 +0000 /?p=1365#comment-7529 I don’t know if for a fact, but I’ve heard that USPS subsidizes its mail through junk mail (bulk and local advertisements).

It could also easily be something like, USPS subsidizes its small, consumer-level shipping by some other means, like (I’m just guessing) charging more for commercial customers, or using government money / tax breaks / whatever. Not to mention the low-cost benefits a government-forced monopoly gets.

I am impressed by their international shipping rates. I’m able to send a large delivery envelope to Europe in under a week for like $10-20.

By: James /rants/things-i-dont-understand-usps/comment-page-1/#comment-7528 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 04:04:56 +0000 /?p=1365#comment-7528 All that, and USPS is closing over half it’s processing centers and killing overnight first-class mail in May.