[LINK] The New Email is Facebook Status - Was - Maintaining the link list - Facebook page?

Fernando Cassia fcassia at gmail.com
Mon Feb 21 20:56:25 AEDT 2011

On Sun, Feb 20, 2011 at 11:17 PM, Jan Whitaker <jwhit at melbpc.org.au> wrote:
> Heard a story on AM today about US post offices closing in small US
> towns.

AFAIK it´s because of budget cuts, not because people no longer use
the postal service to receive stuff.

U.S. Postal Service to close 2,000 post offices amid budget crisis

In fact, the people in rural communities who make a living -or
complement their income- selling stuff on-line and shipping through
the USPS will be afected the most. Once upon a time I used to import
and resell SCSI adapters (yes, I´m old, like SCSI ;), my US-based
provider was a fellow in rural Montana, of all places. I guess he
purchased auctioned stuff from dotcoms going bust, but that´s only a

I checked last year, his eBay profile, and he was still in business,
selling networking kit. He shipped all his stuff using the US postal
Service, from a small town near the Montana wilderness whose name now
escapes me.

I´m sure UPS and FedEx would like to have all of the market currently
served by the US Postal Service, and charge their oh-so-great rates.
(By the way, the USPS has agreements with other countries´ postal
service administrations to offer "EMS" -Express Mail Service- that
IMHO is the best way to ship small parcels internationally, with the
most cost-effictive rates and end-to-end on-line tracking, at a
fraction of the cost of couriers).

 > The interviewer asked an older man if he has email in his
> place because that was one of the reasons for closing his p.o. He
> chuckled and said, no, in his southern Virginia drawl, that email is
> junk. Then there was guffawing around him. I guess he was either
> geographically, demographically, or economically challenged.

Well, the day once can receive parcels over e-mail, then indeed the
postal service will become obsolete. <VBG> ;-). I´m not sure how
popular mail-ordering is in .AU. But it´s been slowly catching up down
here at the other side of the globe, as e-commerce grows.

Of course, we could argue about whether the postal service must "make
a profit" or if it provides a service with social benefits -and
consequences if not available-.

But that´s another debate altogether. ;)

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