Monday Morning Postal Rate Blues
But I don't really have a problem with higher postal rates. I'll bet that, in inflation adjusted terms, rates are lower today than just about any time in history.
I do wonder, though, what moron decided on 41 cents? On top of previous rate changes to 37 and 39 cents no less! I mean...does the USPS have a penchant for odd numbers--a thing for selling 2 cent stamps? Here's a thought: How about just making the price a nice even 50 cents and then not raising it again for a decade?! Oh...and while we're on the subject, before the next USPS rate hike go out buy some of the new "forever" stamps. Sheesh!
On a similar note I'd like to see the penny go.
TomCat... Check the end of the post. ;-)
However, I do like your 50 cent solution. Makes sense to me.
Now I have to buy that stupid however-many-stamp thingy to make up the difference.
I'm definitely investing in those "forever" stamps (nothing says "forever" like a STAMP!), because it's such a pain in the tookus doing postage math every few months. :D
Mags... I've got a whole bunch of the 'Breast Cancer Research' stamps. At $.45, I believe they're still good, but you're right gonna have to get some of the "forever" stamps.
No go on the toe thing. The USPS tried it but found that they've got nothing that divides equally by nine until .45. And, I think that junk mail's got it's own rate scale. Metered...and not quite as expensive.
Raffi... Great idea. Or perhaps we could all just get USPS credit-cards. Every time you use it, it takes 2 hours to clear the transaction.
1) I don't really like giving the post office MY money to play with free of interest...
2) We only have the postal service's word that they are "forever" - and I trust them as much as I trust ANY governmental agency.
As FUBB as the USPS is, I still like the idea of having a USPS more than I like the idea of it being privatized and split up into dozens of little private mail services: "I don't know which mail provider to choose... Joe's is faster, but it costs three cents more per letter!" Ugh. I don't care if it would create competition which would be "good for business". I think that approach would suck...
Maybe Bu$hCo could sell off some of its government agencies to help "pay down the national debt". They seem to want to sell off things like national forest land, so why not something like USPS?
Sewmouse... No. Quite right, and you shouldn't. I think the problem may be that if one waits until just before the next rate hike, the stamps will magically disappear.
Snave... Not sure how I feel about a fully privatized USPS. Though I really only use it for bills and holiday cards, I still don't like the idea of those activities costing...say...$2.00 per item.
37, 39, 41...
I believe next in the series would be:
43, 47, 51...