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    Quote Originally Posted by moonwolf23
    Sorry but no, Congress has to fund the Post office. Not a matter of survival. They've never turned a profit.


    http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/consum.../uspsabout.htm

    "According to the laws under which it now operates, the U.S. Postal Service is a semi-independent federal agency, mandated to be revenue-neutral. That is, it is supposed to break even, not make a profit."
    "The USPS does get some taxpayer support. Around $96 million is budgeted annually by Congress for the 'Postal Service Fund'."
    "Still, the US Postal Service has averaged a profit of over $1 billion per year in each of the last five years. Yet, Postal Service officials argue that they must continue to raise postage at regular intervals in order make up for the increased use of email."

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonwolf23
    Sorry but no, Congress has to fund the Post office. Not a matter of survival. They've never turned a profit.
    Point taken, wrong wording on my part.

    Quote Originally Posted by mimita
    OMG, This very same thing happened to me a while back and not only was I asked to pay "more" but when the clerk explained the "reason why..." she made sound as if it was my fault because I did not read the label on the box... : (
    Well, yeah, it was. Would you get mad at the clerk in the grocery store because you bought a gallon of whole milk instead of skim???

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    Quote Originally Posted by moonwolf23
    Sorry but no, Congress has to fund the Post office. Not a matter of survival. They've never turned a profit.
    Point taken, wrong wording on my part.

    Quote Originally Posted by mimita
    OMG, This very same thing happened to me a while back and not only was I asked to pay "more" but when the clerk explained the "reason why..." she made sound as if it was my fault because I did not read the label on the box... : (
    Well, yeah, it was. Would you get mad at the clerk in the grocery store because you bought a gallon of whole milk instead of skim???
    If they talked to me in a snotty way, yes I would.

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    .....However, let me say for the record, I do appreciate the Post Office and how for the most part it works splendidly. It is a huge-mongous operation, and the only wonder to me is that more doesn't go wrong than does.
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    Well...this has gotten way out of hand with all this congress and technical stuff. Ease up. There are many things we have lost a couple dollars on in our lifetimes, and learned a lesson on what to do/or not what to do. The post office isn't the first one, and it won't be the last, that we get money flustered about...it is just one of them.

    It is so simple...the post office is there for us to mail things. Talk to them or go on-line and read all about it. When you understand the mailing cost process and the procedures to do so, then all will be fine.

    I use the post office because it is fun to receive things and a lot more fun to send something to another person. I don't give a hoot what congress is doing with the post office, when I know I am sending something to my grandchildren and they will be jumping up & down, thrilled to receive something from Grandma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmaker
    I am confused as to why some members believe the USPS is not a government enitity (sp)?????? They are and the people who work for the USPS are federal government employees. Perhaps if you google USPS you would find that they are a part of the federal government.
    They are, but they are not funded by the government. They are separate. I asked our mail guy and he explained it to me. He said that is why they keep raising the prices. Apparently, one of the presidents passed something that caused them to have to rely on themselves, and he told me that they do not get money from the government. That is also why they are in debt and considering closing for a day a week. Also, the internet has hurt them because people pay online instead of using the post office.

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    If people pay online doesn't it still go to the USPS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    If people pay online doesn't it still go to the USPS?
    Sorry! what I meant by paying online is that a lot of people pay their bills either with a card, or Pay Pal, so they don't mail anything. Also, with email, they aren't buying stamps to mail letters, they just email them. I forget the number, but the Post Office gave a percentage of how much they lose because so many people don't buy stamps, they email or use another online means of paying bills, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NancyG
    Quote Originally Posted by sewgull
    Compare the cost of using a large envelope to a box. Ypu will be surprised at the cost difference.
    I agree, I've sent fabric in large manila envelopes at much less of a cost than the boxes. Check it out!
    Me too! So now I've learned a worthwhile lesson. I almost always use the brown manila envelopes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garysgal
    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    If people pay online doesn't it still go to the USPS?
    Sorry! what I meant by paying online is that a lot of people pay their bills either with a card, or Pay Pal, so they don't mail anything. Also, with email, they aren't buying stamps to mail letters, they just email them. I forget the number, but the Post Office gave a percentage of how much they lose because so many people don't buy stamps, they email or use another online means of paying bills, etc.
    Oh yeah that's so true. I do pay my bills online and I know a lot of people who do and I almost never send letters anymore. So yeah that was a lot of lost revenue for them.

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    Just went into PO on Sat to get flat rate boxes. Sure enough I saw this thread and went and looked. EVERY one of them was Priority. They were the only ones out in the lobby. I guess I have to ask for the flat rate ones. I am going to get the manila envelopes.

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    my question is, did you repack it in the cheaper box.? i would have & would have done it right at the counter while clerk waited... .

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    Quote Originally Posted by neonparrot
    As far as shipping from Australia to the U.S., once you pay the postage in Aust. there is no fee or charge to the person in the U.S. that is getting the package. You pay the postage only once by the sender.
    Even if I resuse a USPS priority mail box?

    This is still making no sense to me but its your country and if you are all happy with it...

    :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    You guys....I'm sorry to see ya'll bashing the USPS...have you tried driving even just across town, let alone across the country to deliver something and been able to do it for $.44? Can you drive from your home in the US to anywhere in Europe to deliver something for what it costs to mail something there? I know they offer a lot of options and it can be confusing, but did you stop to consider that the number of options are not to get more money out of you, but to find ways to send your stuff less expensively?

    Why is it that we all tend to immediately jump to the negative side of something when actually we are the ones in the wrong? The USPS provides us with boxes to ship things in...they only ask that we use their particular services when we use them. And then we get mad at USPS when we try to cheat? Something doesn't seem right to me about that. Ladies...we all need to play by the rules and if you don't know the rules, you need to ask. Thats just MHO.
    Well said , exactly what I was thinking..
    but not eveyone was bashing the Po, some posts were defending it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stnele
    What you need to check are the words "our government", since when is the postal service our government? It is a private corporation using the title of US Postal service. Check it out along with the rates
    The Post office doesn't use tax money anymore, it is self funded all from postal revenue.
    HOWEVER, the workers are federal workers, and the PO is under federal government jurisdiction and control, they can't sneeze without the Postal Commison's Ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    You guys....I'm sorry to see ya'll bashing the USPS...have you tried driving even just across town, let alone across the country to deliver something and been able to do it for $.44? Can you drive from your home in the US to anywhere in Europe to deliver something for what it costs to mail something there? I know they offer a lot of options and it can be confusing, but did you stop to consider that the number of options are not to get more money out of you, but to find ways to send your stuff less expensively?

    Why is it that we all tend to immediately jump to the negative side of something when actually we are the ones in the wrong? The USPS provides us with boxes to ship things in...they only ask that we use their particular services when we use them. And then we get mad at USPS when we try to cheat? Something doesn't seem right to me about that. Ladies...we all need to play by the rules and if you don't know the rules, you need to ask. Thats just MHO.

    I agree with you wholeheartedly......it just seems that many members want to bash whomever for whatever when they really need to educate themselves more and there would be no problems. There are many frustrating situations in life and it's ones on choice in how they deal with them and whether they make a federal case out of nothing. I am just grateful that we do have the postal service to use and always try my best to view the positives rather than the perceived negatives.

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    hey heres a question, I know I can get a "care package "
    for about$12-14 dollars, wonder if that could be used? reason why I ask is you can fill that box full and still pay that 12-14 dollars. so any feed back on that? or is that kinda being deceiving?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    Quote Originally Posted by Kathy N
    I happened to get one without the words which allows them to charge whatever postage they want.
    This is just plain not true. They don't randomly charge whatever they want just because they don't like what you're wearing or something! The postage rates for Priority Mail are based on weight and distance. You can get an estimate of any rates, compare them, whatever you want at the USPS website. It doesn't have to be a surprise when you are at the PO. Be an informed consumer. http://www.usps.com/tools/calculatepostage/welcome.htm
    Good grief!! The very thought of the USPS people sitting (or standing) there charging us whatever they wanted to on that particular day, is so mind boggling that it disturbs the senses. Do you really believe that!? It would be as though you went to the grocery store for a loaf of bread and the cashier said "Hmm, let's see, I think I'll charge you ten dollars today." Can you see how ridiculous that would be?

    :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psychomomquilter
    hey heres a question, I know I can get a "care package "
    for about$12-14 dollars, wonder if that could be used? reason why I ask is you can fill that box full and still pay that 12-14 dollars. so any feed back on that? or is that kinda being deceiving?
    I re-read this over a couple times and still didn't make sense what you were trying to ask

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    a "care package" is one you get to fill and mail to soldiers, fill it with goodies to send to them. Sorry I wasn't clear on this,

    it a big box, and all you pay is between 12-14 dollars for the box ,you buyit to send to the soldiers which is called "care package"

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    then Yes, that would be very deceiving..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psychomomquilter
    a "care package" is one you get to fill and mail to soldiers, fill it with goodies to send to them. Sorry I wasn't clear on this,

    it a big box, and all you pay is between 12-14 dollars for the box ,you buyit to send to the soldiers which is called "care package"
    Wow! I didn't even know about that, and I've been mailing packages to my son for almost a year now. I wonder how come the postal person didn't mention it to me. Guess it's my own fault for not keeping up with things. Next one (Christmas) will go that way. I wonder though, if they go the slowest way possible. 8-)

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    If you mean buy a box meant to send things to soldiers and use it for non-soldier things, then it would be deceiving. Is that what you meant? I was still confused.

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    I went on line and ordered the boxes that they are using to ship stuff for the military. They were free. They go for $11.00 ( not absolutely sure of the cost. It was a year ago) and you can fill them as heavy as you want. they ship quickly and I think my soldier got his in one week and it went to Afganastan. (sp)

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    the post office is no longer a government run facility. it's been privatized. so don't blame the government.

    you're right. some boxes say flat-rate and some don't. read the labeling. and sometimes it's cheaper not to use those boxes at all. go to the window and ask what it costs for the cheapest way. they tell you.

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