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A coworker was complaining about this today, said we have to cut down on our postage usage now and then mumbled something about liberals. On a regular day we mail about 5 envelopes, and one day a month we have to mail out a good 100 checks, for the size of our business that is extremely low. I pointed out to her that if mail didn't exist and someone said they could get a letter across the country in a few days for less than 50 cents I would put them in the loony bin, postage should have gone up to a dollar a long ass time ago, plus it would cut down on junkmail, which should be fucking illegal for all the wasted resources it consumers for nothing.
I got a visa just so I could use a credit card more frequently at the smaller establishments in Traverse City that won't accept AMEX. I'm wondering if they are going to jump on this boat or just keep taking the Visa at no extra charge. It would tick me off but I do understand.
No denying that at all. Thing Im getting at is...small businesses should look at Austin and understand why things are so different there.
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MAC level surcharge.
This. Any merchant that passes the entire fee onto their customers isn't going to be in business for very much longer.
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I worked in junk mail for a while, helping the auto manufactureres promote their products/services and increase customer loyalty. While it put food on my table, I loathed it because of the resources it wasted, and I'm no tree-hugger. But if junk mail didn't exist the U.S.P.S. would have gone belly up 25-30 year ago. It is an absolute cash cow for the postal service, despite the favorable junk mail postage discounts they give.
Your point about the ability to send a piece of mail across the country in 2-3 days for less than fifty cents being a ridiculous bargain is well put.
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Yep. When I was in England in 2006, I was shocked at how expensive it was to mail a simple postcard. Was around $2.50 or so. I believe the normal first class domestic stamps were around $1 over there. Considering the size of their country, I thought that was high, but probably a fair price. Should be at least that expensive, if not more, here in the U.S.
How can junkmail be a cash cow, I thought for the longest time we were subsidizing the USPS, and I assumed that because of that the current postage wasn't covering the cost, meaning junk mail would be the worst offenders being that they take up a large amount of the mail. And sending junk mail in envelopes so it can be small, run through the automated system, etc., doesn't seem to bother me as much as the full newspaper sized coupons I receive at least 2 or 3 times a week. Those things are ridiculous, they fill my tiny apartment mailbox up alone so my real mail gets squashed, they are a huge waste of resources. And even if I did go through coupons, there are so many in each one how could anyone outside of those crazy coupon people use that many and have the time to search though hundreds of pages every few days.
You know what hurts small businesses? Customers going elsewhere because they start charging 4% more.
I don't have a problem with "cash only" businesses. There is no requirement that businesses accept credit cards, but also small business owners shouldn't complain if customers find it more convenient to shop at national chains or online where they can use credit cards.
The market will dictate this type of stuff, and if a small business needs credit card customers but cannot afford to pay the fees associated with accepting credit cards, then there is something wrong with their pricing structure.
Second biggest source of revenue for the U.S.P.S in 2011.
First-Class Mail — $32.2 billion
Advertising — $17.8 billion
Shipping Services — $9.0 billion
Periodicals — $1.8 billion
Package Services — $1.6 billion
Your postal carrier walks or drives his route six days a week. Every dollar in advertising mail revenue contributes sigificantly to overhead expenses without a proportionate amount of stress on the infrastructure because a lot of the mail is privately delivered to the regional bulk mail centers and sectional center facilities, plus it is already sorted in route delivery sequence by the advertisers and their service bureaus.
Don't get me started on phone books. If only I knew what building through which I could chuck them through their windows.
The negative externalities of our unfettered consumption are manifold.
I laugh when people think it costs less to handle cash. By the time I pay for someone to manage our safe, make change orders, bank out, provide security, and transport cash to the bank, that 1.6% credit card discount looks sweet. I would love to get rid of cash completely and plan to do so soon.
It's a town full of losers. I'm pulling out of here to win!
Except now because of this law they can accept credit cards, and can pass the fee onto the consumer an a transparent fashion. That way they can accept credit cards without the additional burden, and they aren't put at a competitive disadvantage by the CC companies who were cutting deals with the big boys. In a low-margin business like groceries 3.5% can make a huge difference if you have 5 figures in revenue on a monthly basis. That's at least an additional employee or two, or some extra $$ they can reinvest in their store, or catch up on maintenance... All of which helps their business and the local economy.
Let me get this down, $100 million. Oh wait, I have a better idea. Instead of $100 million, how about I send you a hobo's dick cheese?
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