Don't Like the Postal Service? Start Your Own

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Industry Observer

We all complain about the postal service and its inefficiencies.  We even use the phrase "Going Postal" when we are speaking of a certain type of behavior.  Many folks consider the service inferior to alternatives, the reliability a bit less than the old poem, and the cost of using the postal service strangely out of balance with the product.  What other business reacts to dropping demand by raising prices and cutting service?  If you want to get into the Christmas spirit any day of the year, just go to the post office.  The long lines and slow service will make it feel like Christmas.

Well, for those who want to take action, now is the time to do it.  You can own your own post office.  Just follow this link:  I want to own my own post office  and find over seventy-five post offices for sale.  If you really don't like the way the USPS is run, now you can start your own.

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 Mike Carlier  Lakeville, MN

 

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Will Handley
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An excellent idea Mike. Might I suggest the purchasers of these "For Sale" post offices immediately convert them to UPS or FedEx franchises. They would no doubt better serve their respective communities and turn a profit in the process. Nothing like "Free Market Capitalism" to really show the dramatic difference between government GSE's and the private business sector. The government excels at but one thing... "Spending other peoples money".

Who is John Galt?

Feb 19, 2012 03:51 AM #1
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Mike Carlier
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Will, stamp collectors would not like that:)  Actually, WHO is a part of the United Nations, or maybe a British rock group.  On the other hand, John Galt is a fictional character who, if real and powerful, would destroy all our gallant efforts and achievements in seeking mediocrity.  Who is not John Galt.

Feb 19, 2012 04:07 AM #2
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William Feela
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That would an EYE opener for many.  Most people who complain never rally think about the service or job they are complaining about and should walk even a few minutes in the shoes of those workers.

Feb 19, 2012 04:53 AM #3
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Mike Carlier
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Bill, I actually did walk many miles in those shoes.  It was how I financed my college expenses, and there was lots more waste then than now.  I wonder what the buggy whip industry would look like today if the government had saved it from extinction.

Feb 19, 2012 10:13 PM #4
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Suzanne McLaughlin
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I think part of the problem is that the USPS is now required to turn over large sums of money to the Treasury that they used to be able to use to keep the very large, very inefficient business going.  Hence fewer post offices, reduced hours of service and, soon, no service on Saturdays.  But, they are required to ensure that every home and business gets mail whereas the for profit companies can decline service to certain areas. 

Feb 20, 2012 02:35 AM #5
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Mike Carlier
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Suzanne, are you referring to property and money siezed by the post office in the investigation of illegal activity?  I don't know of any other income that Treasury derives from USPS. 

Feb 20, 2012 10:35 PM #6
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I'll have to tell my sister in south Minneapolis about this. She is on medical leave from the post office. There seems to be an inordinate amount of backstabbing, fighting and insider political crap going on at post offices. But that doesn't make it different from any other business.

Feb 29, 2012 11:08 PM #7
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My personal experience is from decades ago, but there was lots of politics then, and I doubt if things have changed much in that regard.  There is some information that has come from USPS that suggests that closing of some distribution centers will add another day to most deliveries.  I wonder why don't they don't just go to three day a week delivery and cut the number of carriers in half.  Routes could be either MWF or TTS.

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