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The Post Office. An Exception?

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AnonLLF posted on Mon, Dec 7 2009 5:25 PM

I was thinking, Is the post office an exception to the rule that government is unproductive and provides no service?

I mean I know the  post office relies on a monopoly or virtually a monopoly but it's also funded by people's voluntary choices (not taxes as far as I'm aware) and it also provides a service people do want.

It's worth addressing I think.  I hope this isn't too stupid a question.

 

 

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Scott F:

I probably should have mentioned I meant the british post office and Royal mail sorry.

Oh I'm sorry, I chauvinistically assumed you meant the American Post Office.  My bad.

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Scott F:
I mean I know the  post office relies on a monopoly or virtually a monopoly but it's also funded by people's voluntary choices (not taxes as far as I'm aware) and it also provides a service people do want.

They still have a monopoly on first-class mail, nobody else can deliver letters. Also, nobody else is allowed to put anything in your mailbox. Nothing at all. Your mailbox is actually federal property.

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The USPS consistently raises rates while losing money. Now they are cutting a day of service due to the billions they are bleeding. Mail delivery is just another service that a free market would provide better.

My dad says he remembers when the mail came twice daily. Once in the morning, once in the afternoon.  Imagine that!

But yeah, they've consistently raised rates, cut services, lost money, etc.  Not a very "sustainable" business model IMO.

90% of the mail I receive is junk mail, or duplicates of something that I've already viewed online (like bank statements, mortgage statements, phone bills, etc.)  I would get along just fine without mail. Period. 

 

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http://mises.org/story/3612

This year, USPS expects to increase its year-end debt to $10.2 billion, and incur a cash shortfall of about $1 billion.

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Another key risk factor is the accelerated decline in mail volume. Mail volume declined by 9.5 billion pieces in fiscal year 2008 to about 203 billion pieces. As of the end of May 2009, mail volume had decreased another 18.5 billion pieces, and USPS expects to end fiscal year 2009 with mail volume of 175 billion pieces – about 28 billion pieces fewer than in fiscal year 2008.

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Conza88 replied on Sat, Dec 19 2009 12:40 AM

Can the Market Deliver Letters? - http://mises.org/daily/1119

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If it were a truly voluntary choice, the Post Office could not use it's monopoly power. 


The loophole for FedEx and UPS is that they are "express" mail carriers, whereas the Post Office, although it has express mail, focuses on the snail mail aspect as a monopoly.

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