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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:13 am    Post subject: USPS postage increase Jan 27th Reply with quote

USPS postage increase Jan 27th. 3-5% domestic some outrageous amount international. International flat rate Priority Mail will go up significantly from what I hear.

USPS is the most mismanaged business ever. Those monkeys are running it into the ground. Sooner or later it'll be cheaper to send by UPS or Fedex.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And sign this shit.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/urge-congress-repeal-postal-accountability-and-enhancement-act-2006/nykngcHv?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl

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It's basically the reason why the USPS is going broke and why lines are longer at post offices and the cost of postage is going through the roof. Law signed by Bush and written by UPS and FED EX lobbyists to try to bankrupt the USPS so that it will eventually be privatized. The law forced the USPS to fund employee benefits 75 years into the future. No other govt organization or company does this.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The inefficiencies of government operation are compounded by several other factors. As we have seen, a government enterprise competing in an industry can usually drive out private owners, since the government can subsidize itself in many ways and supply itself with unlimited funds when desired. Thus, it has little incentive to be efficient. In cases where it cannot compete even under these conditions, it can arrogate to itself a compulsory monopoly, driving out competitors by force."

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any word on how exactly global flat rate will be affected?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something like $25 for flat rate envelope. Jump from $17 to $25 is pretty extreme and fucked up.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fuck. Hardly remember when I ordered records from US for the last time (they were 2 latest Blackdeath LPs), but shopping in US online stores (especially boots one) is already a tradition of our whole KDS crew for several years... Won't change that, of corpse, but definitely fuck it. Very much. Mad
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NWN PROD wrote:
Something like $25 for flat rate envelope. Jump from $17 to $25 is pretty extreme and fucked up.


Lovely

I worked at post office some years ago, pretty much everything is about as absolutely fucked as we assume it is.

I signed the petition.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NWN PROD wrote:
And sign this shit.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/urge-congress-repeal-postal-accountability-and-enhancement-act-2006/nykngcHv?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl


Signed. Total support, for what it's worth.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about taking away the expensive pensions? You won't find many pensions in the private market, because defined benefit plans are difficult to manage. If the USPS charged the market rate for postage and wasn't a profit neutral government agency, these problems wouldn't exist.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

.aske wrote:
How about taking away the expensive pensions? You won't find many pensions in the private market, because defined benefit plans are difficult to manage. If the USPS charged the market rate for postage and wasn't a profit neutral government agency, these problems wouldn't exist.


It's the US government, we lead the world at Epic Fail.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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How about taking away the expensive pensions? You won't find many pensions in the private market, because defined benefit plans are difficult to manage. If the USPS charged the market rate for postage and wasn't a profit neutral government agency, these problems wouldn't exist.


Read my previous post. They are forced to fund pensions for years.

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And sign this shit.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/urge-congress-repeal-postal-accountability-and-enhancement-act-2006/nykngcHv?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl

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It's basically the reason why the USPS is going broke and why lines are longer at post offices and the cost of postage is going through the roof. Law signed by Bush and written by UPS and FED EX lobbyists to try to bankrupt the USPS so that it will eventually be privatized. The law forced the USPS to fund employee benefits 75 years into the future. No other govt organization or company does this.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

this is ridiculous. depending on the severity of the increase I might consider ceasing all international sales myself. as if dealing with the post office hassle when you have to mail them out wasn't enough, now we will also have to field complaints/questions about shipping rates and why they are so high. long story short, not worth it!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great article explaining about the postal service being forced to fund pensions for workers 75 years into the future (workers not even born yet), while no other institution is forced to do this. Which, as stated earlier is an effort to force it into privatization. It blew my mind when I first read this, after hearing lies for so many years...

http://www.thenation.com/blog/166103/post-office-not-broke#
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NWN PROD wrote:


Read my previous post. They are forced to fund pensions for years.



I know what the act created, but the petition doesn't call for the abandonment of the pension. It merely calls for funding a shorter period. I'm saying the pensions shouldn't exist. If the employees want to save for their retirement, create a defined contribution plan, not a defined benefit plan.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I personally don't give a shit if postal workers are paid pension as long as postage remains reasonable. The retarded increase in postage is due to this specific law being implented.
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