Archive for August, 2010

Deregulated postal service coming to a mailbox near you?

August 17th, 2010

On top of all the other bad economic news, the postal service is about to raise its rates, which is going to have a very bad effect on lots of companies. It might put some out of business.

So what’s the solution? Is it time to de-regulate the mail?

I know some people think mail is antiquated and should go the way of the whale harpoon and the gas street light, but the truth is that lots of businesses still rely on (and profit from) mail. And the truth is, sometimes printed stuff is better. I’d much rather browse a printed Lands End catalog and then place my order online than suffer through browsing their web pages. Direct mail is still useful stuff, but the postal rates are out of control.