It’s fun to slam the US Postal Service, but I’ve never been quite clear on why we do.
After all, if you know of a private commercial carrier who will deliver something for you, in two days, to a location across the nation 2,400 miles away, for 47 cents, I’d like to know the name of it.
And its not as if the alternatives are either faster or cheaper. I’m on day 9 of waiting for a UPS ground package I ordered from the midwest more than a week ago. I suppose it will get here, but if the shipper, the Signals Catalog, had used USPS it would have been here a lot sooner for the same money. Sadly, they didn’t offer that option.
An article in today’s NYTimes (here) talks about the pricing practices at UPS stores in New York, but they’re similar all over. They have fewer work days than the Postal Service, they are slower and cost more — and if you send a USPS letter or package at a UPS store you pay a surcharge — and yet I still never hear UPS, or FedEx, or any of the others, come in for the abuse the USPS does.
Why is that? Is it because they’re apparently optional?
If so, you might want to ponder this article, a column, by LATimes writer Davis Lazarus discussing efforts by some to privatize the Postal Service. A lot of people say the way to avoid subsidizing the Postal Service is to let private enterprise run it, making it supposedly “run like a business,” but I wonder if those people realize that private business, now, cannot do what the Postal Service does.
But of course, USPS is “government” and government is always evil. Better to have private, competition, so prices will be kept low.
Just like in the medical industry.