Almost 50 cents to mail a bill?

Tuesday, 6 July 2010
This is going to make me sound old but I remember when a can of Coke was 50 cents.  Now you have to pay almost that much to mail a letter or even worse, a bill. 

Today the United States Postal Service announced they'll raise the price of a stamp to 46 cents.  That is crazy!  I know the USPS has to somehow generate funds but come on.  Just like other businesses in this down economy there needs to be cut backs including employees and employee benefits.

One of the aspects of the USPS in Knoxville that infuriates me the most:  no automated machines!  This is 2010.  In tiny Eugene, Oregon, I could go into almost any post office after hours and mail items. The automated machines also allow service Priority and Express mail needs.  I was able to keep my online vintage business running nicely this way but recently I haven't done a thing with it. With a full time job and no lunch break, I can't make it in during USPS business hours to mail anything! 

All USPS offices should have automated machines (again the 2010 thing).  Then, we also wouldn't have to wait in line 10 people deep while only one teller slowly serves customers.  I think that's part of supply and demand which makes money for businesses.  The USPS has been operating sub-par for so long, customers now use online services, UPS and Fed Ex to transport items. 

I've changed all of my bills and banking to online transactions so I don't have to deal with the post office.  I also do most of my shopping online if possible so I don't have to stand in line at my local office waiting, waiting, waiting to ship something out.

To take it a step farther, I think the gov should regulate bill pay and ask all companies to offer an online system.  I have two school loans that only allow mail-in bill pay.  What is that?  They may have a conspiracy going with USPS to stay in the 1990s...

5 comments

Casey said...

Just as a get around - you may be able to pay your school loans through online pill pay by the "send by mail" option. You set up a bill pay account like all your other bills and then the bank just sends a written check for you. That way, you don't have to pay the postage. I do this for 3 bills currently. The bank teller at First TN told me about the option one day...

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Amber said...

I'm pretty sure I read that the USPS is eliminating stamp machines everywhere. Knoxville used to have them.

Ted Stryk said...

Actually, they had machines in the 1990s. http://www.timesnews.net/article.php?id=9004340

Becky said...

If it makes you feel any better, the downtown Cincinnati branch doesn't even have a stamp machine anymore. It was "too costly to maintain" (huh?) - the line is always out the door, so I avoid mailing anything whenever possible. Gah.

LizP said...

Have you tried using www.usps.com for printing labels and paying for your postage online? That way you can avoid the lines. The only caveat is if any of your packages are more than 16ozs (or is it 13?) then you'll have to hand them to an actual postal employee, but they usually let you not bother with the line for that.