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Posted on 10/09/2013 2:48:08 PM PDT by Whats-wrong-with-the-truth
Hello. If you all haven't noticed how the obomba led government shutdown is affecting your postal service hopefully I will be able to open your eyes.
On a topic that I have yet to see anything written about my wife and I have noticed that the USPS is now, more than ever, losing mail, taking two to three times as long to deliver the mail and when they do deliver the mail they are tacking on a COD charge to the recipient. My wife and I run a couple of online business where we have to send lots of mail out each day. Letters and parcels that used to, for example, take one stamp are now costing over $2.00 and our customers are getting pissed off about it. When we call our local area post office they say that they don't know anything about it and when we either drop off the mail to the post office or the letter carrier picks up the mail they don't see anything wrong or else they would say something. Yet it's taking forever for our mail to get to where it is going and when it gets there many times the postal services in those areas are charging extra.
This crap has got to stop. I am all for defunding the US Postal Service and either, preferably, returning the money used by the postal service to those of us that pay the taxes to keep that dysfunctional agency afloat or use the money to subsidize private postal carriers like FedEx or UPS. Of course this will never happen as the Department of Homeland Security relies heavily upon the US postal service and it intelligence gathering efforts.
No change here.
Yea, they are a menace. I’ve had two deliveries to the sewer. Shown as delivered but nowhere to be found. First time in decade.
Only change here is that the local mail handling facility was closed and now you have to get outgoing to the PO by 4:00 instead of 5:30.
What's wrong with that, you ask, well I live in a suburb of Kansas City, MO!
I believe their package tracking site has been down for about 3 days.
USPS gets worse and worse but I don’t think they are affected by the shutdown. Maybe they are being slow out of jealousy that they have to “work” while their cohorts get free unearned vacations?
That said I advocate disrupting the USPS by saving junk mail sent to yourself and dropping it in blue bins 10 miles away. It will come back to you again. Repeat. Send things a nickel postage due and make them take time to collect it.
I don’t know what the deal is but at MY facility none of that crap is happening.
My experiences is that when you’re out in the country with a small post office and you know the people personally, then they don’t play these games with you.
Our post office does make mistakes, and deliver letters to the wrong address, but I just put them back in the box and I presume they get re-delivered. It’s not deliberate—they’ve just got clumsy thumbs when they’re sorting the mail.
My mail was only lost before the so-called shutdown, and only California post offices lost it. Since the misnamed shutdown began, the mail has been going perfectly. Everything else is going fine, too. Continue the shutdown!
Just be careful. The last thing we want to do is to get postal workers upset.
COD? I thought the recipient paid COD.
Something is fishy. I’d recommend contacting the USPS. I believe there is a toll free number.
Well, for starters the USPS is self funded. Every time you lick a stamp and affix to that parcel you are sending, the bill gets paid.
COD is paid for by the recipient.
FOB is paid for by the sender.
My local PO used to lose 2 to 3 of my local utility bills each year. Numerous times I had to call the city and ask them to send another copy because I never got the original.
Additionally, many times I would get mail for some resident who lived in a completely different part of town and whose address was not even close to mine. But such mail would end up in my box.
Now, I receive and pay most of my bills online. That way, I don’t have to be concerned with the PO or with kids passing by the box and taking mail out. Most payments get an immediate transaction number and follow-up email confirmation.
I ‘mail’ maybe 1 or 2 items per year.
“I am all for defunding the US Postal Service “
The US Postal Service is not taxpayer-funded, and thus has not been affected by the shutdown.
I agree. Our post office is small--just four carriers---but they are all conservative Republicans. They're hard workers, and they don't have time to lounge around and take breaks.
By stating the truth about postal funding, you’re liable to derail the indignant venting.
Lick a stamp ? Holy cow, haven’t done that, in years ! When self adhesive stamps came out, my son took the book I had just bought, and applied them to his favorite toys. He even invited me into his room to check them out - “Hey Dad, look at these cool stickers I found !”. I didn’t know whether to laugh, or cry :) Thanks.
The politics of postal workers tend to reflect the area they are located. And the USPS is largest employer of military veterans.
No change here either. I’m still getting tons of junk I throw away.
I rarely use the mail any more.
Of all the govt agencies to complain about, I’d put USPS on the bottom of the list.
Thought about that but, the story is weirdly odd.
True. And yes, I agree they are probably worse in large cities and urban areas (read: Democratic).
I work for the Postal Service. Send me some specific details [tracking numbers, etc.] and I will try to see what happened.
But know this. THE POST OFFICE DOES NOT GET ONE RED CENT OF TAX MONEY.
Sorry for the CAPS, but that's been the case since the eighties. The Postal Service gets no tax money -- zip, zero, nada, zilch.
Do you really have any details or did you just want to bitch.
I call BS.
Really? Who'da thunk? LOL. Maybe I didn't spell it out clearly enough. We pay the postage before we mail the item. The same postage plus whatever raises they've been giving themselves lately and yet, when the item arrives to the recipient they are being told that more postage is due. When the letter carriers ask for the recipient to pay more they are asking for cash on delivery (aka - COD). Now it may well be that individual letter carriers have figured out a way to subsidize their incomes by scamming the recipients but whatever is happening it's a new issue and getting worse.
Call UPS or Fed Ex.
At least you get free tracking. .
A small parcel of 3 ounces or less costs $2.07. If you only put on a single stamp, the recipient will be charged the difference as a postage due item...and rightly so.
I had one of those last week.
Priority, Express, and Standard packages all now receive free tracking through the Post Office.
Cash on delivery. The recipient pays when the item is delivered rather than prior to shipment. COD is extra work for the post office, so they have every right to charge a fee.
FOB is paid for by the sender.
Free on board, or freight on board. FOB merely specifies the shipping location, which might be different from the office location. You might buy from a company located in New York with a warehouse in Chicago. They would specify "FOB Chicago", which means that you will place the order with the New York office, but it will be shipped from Chicago, and the shipping charges and delivery time will be based on the distance from Chicago, not New York. FOB generally assumes that the buyer pays the shipping.
Have you checked their rates lately? The minimum weight for UPS' cost calculator is one pound. In other words, if you send a 3 oz. package, you will pay the same as for a 1 pound package. For a local delivery, UPS will charge you $11.57 for that 3 oz. package. For cross country, UPS will charge you $13.44.
USPS charges you $2.07 for 3 oz, and that's the same for local or cross country. For a one pound package, USPS charges $5.60 to $6.95 (Priority mail).
Now, which one do you want to use?
I understand :)
I got 4 (four) !!! pieces of mail for the box above mine. And 3 were bills.
my sams payment mailed two weeks ago. still not received.
You are right. All last week I got no mail. I thought that was strange but I didn’t pay attention.
Suddenly yesterday, my mailbox was packed full of mail and I could tell some of it was last week’s mail because I got two weeks worth of grocery store ads and coupons.
Something fishy is going on with the post office lately. Don’t mail anything important unless you get tracking.
Last weekend all of the mail for my neighborhood was delivered to the wrong house. Don’t know if it is Operation Shutdown or simple incompetence.
I keep getting mail addressed to someone named Occupant.
Those lazy and incompetent post office workers!
They should close down the post office and let UPS charge 10 times as much for delivery.
I mail order parts for my metric bike restoration business, mostly from Ebay, last part took a month to deliver, I stopped using USPS for now.