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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

3 thoughts on “No Mail on Monday, But Postal Workers Won’t Be Idle”

  1. Americans should be aligned with postal workers, the USPS can add many services to increase income and reach, in the UK the Royal Mail is very expensive and there offers half of the features and services than the USPS was offering since the 70s. We have to pay for tracking and much more for sign for, senders have only papers to show tracking, nothing available online for regular merchants. You need to pay extra for a lot of basic services, and yet, they added banking, currency exchange, insurance and other services to postal locations. The service is fast, but it was always pretty fast, when 70% of people live in 3 or 4 cities, it is easier to deliver in a day or two. There is no need for Royal Mail to increase prices and still, they seem to increase prices at least once a year. The main issue is Amazon and if the USPS wants to fix this issue, they have to direct their efforts to Congress and also to stop Amazon ridiculous abuse. As an example, I usually purchase some 2.5 lb items from a Phantom Amazon account on eBay, yes, inside eBay. The price I pay is under 4 dollars, with free shipping. It is delivered by USPS in an Amazon box. Anyone knows that the cost of shipping a 1 lb plus item is Priority Mail rates, which is almost 6 dollars, now, add the cost of the item, the eBay selling fees, packing materials and men hours….
    Somehow, Amazon has a way to ship FOR FREE, and unless anyone can tell me how they ship a 2.5 lbs item, in 2 days for under 4 dollars with Free Shipping, I will keep saying that Amazon has a very clear, unfair advantage that is destroying American businesses. I can go on an on about so many abuses and unfair practices, but as with everything today, we will have the low IQ angry people who will say otherwise. Sorry folks, the USPS is doomed, if Congress says the USPS will be privatized, it will be private, because it will add an extra cost to our sales and will make our products look expensive compared to Amazon. I see no initiative to stop Amazon abuse, will anyone help?

    1. It is free shipping to consumers….but it is not free for Amazon. We (meaning USPS in this case) have a contract with Amazon that charges them a certain amount per box delivered. It’s my personal, opinion though, that they are still getting a very good deal. But every year, the contract is reviewed and updated as necessary with postal bigwigs.

      Honestly, without Amazon….we’d be hurting. I remember one day I arrived at work as a carrier during the Christmas season and our Amazon truck driver had gotten into an accident. No Amazon delivery that day. My usual haul of 80 packages or so for the route was knocked down to a ridiculous five. They do make up a large part of our income flow.

  2. Why havent postal workets rallied against the china shipping deal? Thats selling usps out to china for crumbs.

    Oh yea..cause the workers dont truly care..they only care if usps is privatized..they will lose their gaurenteed retirement.

    Not shedding a tear for them..sorry.

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