TheHammer24 wrote:Is argument started pages ago when someone suggested FedEx couldnt profitably replace USPS on metropolitan areas (where 90% of the country lives).
You're saying they aren't allowed to do it. And I'm saying they are. If you pay them $6 to deliver a letter they arent cgoing to say "no were not allowed to do that"
Erg. You're not following the argument at all. They can't use "letter boxes," which precludes the predominant way mail is delivered. As such, they can't deliver the mail in bulk like USPS does, which eliminates the scale economy and prevents them from entering the market. The initial premise from my argument was "what if you eliminate USPS." You keep responding under the opposite premise because you came in late.
I suggested FedEx and UPS would deliver your mail, they'd do it profitably and at a competitive expense at least for the overwhelming majority of the country. Rural people would pay a premium, but I suggested it was better to give them some sort of subsidy instead of artificially lowering the cost of delivering mail to them.
Then people started suggesting FedEx couldn't handle delivery, etc. Then people suggested they couldn't do it profitably.
And HockeyNut: I said that you would have to subsidize the rural farmers for their increased cost, but I posit the cost of the subsidy + (Revenue of Fedex/UPS - Cost) < USPS
What are all of your points other than nitpicking at my suggesting (that has been suggested time and time again) that we should privatize/eliminate the USPS because FedEx and UPS can provide the service.