Susan Laxson CRS, Local Knowledge & Global Network (Palm Properties)

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Stamp prices are going down shortly for the first time in a gazillion years. There are lots of reasons the USPS should be privatized, but I don't know that the cost of mailing to our farms will be a determining factor.

Mar 11, 2016 09:57 PM
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John McCormack, CRS
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What?  Stamps are going down?  

Mar 11, 2016 09:42 PM
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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Susan, I just saw where the USPS is going to REDUCE the price of a first class stamp from 49 cents to 47 cents!!!!!

I recently mailed a five pound package to a client in Australia for $96 and the two big private shippers wanted over twice as much to deliver the package, and it would have been a day later than the USPS.  I think they are doing a good job!

Mar 11, 2016 09:36 PM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

It costs me $1.20 plus tax to mail a letter in Canada!  I want to know why a Paper Boy and a Mailman have such a different salary for doing the same job?

Mar 11, 2016 10:38 PM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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Privatize or shutdown USPS and see what it'll cost then. And yes, the price of a stamp is going down. :)

Mar 11, 2016 09:39 PM
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Bob Crane
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Should have been closed down years ago.

 

Mar 11, 2016 09:36 PM
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With the extremely high costs in the Post Office, it would have gone bankrupt long ago if it was a private business.  The fact that the service exists is a benefit I don't think the private sector would be able to provide at the same price to the consumer.

Here's to all the Postal Workers that perform their duties every day to make sure our mailings get delivered.   Thank you. 

Mar 11, 2016 11:33 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
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A private company can choose to discontinue service that is not profitable.

Privatization could be what you don't want to happen. 

Mar 11, 2016 11:12 PM
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Jeffrey Jones
AZ Home Seekers - San Tan Valley, AZ
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Post office has no accountability. We routinely send EDDM flyers to our farm. last May they sent them to the other side of town. 10 calls to the post master got us nothing. Their answer was that they were delivered, they make an effort to to get them to the target routes but its not guaranteed. Yes, it needs to be run as a business and not as a bureauocratic monopoly.

Mar 11, 2016 11:01 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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parked and reading

Mar 12, 2016 09:02 PM
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 If the USPS was privatized and could probably make some money. It has been set up so that every dollar that comes into it must be spent. I learned that from a top official in the USPS.

Mar 12, 2016 05:33 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Susan Laxson USPS has EDDM which is an inexpensive solution.

Mar 12, 2016 01:57 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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They are privatized.  Haven't been a government entity for many, many years.  Only exception is the price of the postage stamp is government regulated and mail theft is still a federal crime.

Mar 12, 2016 11:09 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
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It's such a huge bureaucracy now, something needs to be done. Once I looked into signing up for bulk mail rates - the instructions were so convoluted, it was nearly impossible to figure them out. There are "specialists" at the PO to walk you through it! What a waste! and... the services didn't even seem cost-effective. 

Mar 12, 2016 07:13 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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Have you checked out Every Door Direct?  The Postal Serivce has greatly reduced mailing costs.

Mar 12, 2016 06:07 AM
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Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
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i dont use the post office for farm mailouts, i find that there are community groups who will do regional delivery such as flyers for less money and they appreciate the job.  i use an associate that does it with handicapped kids, the kids get paid and i get my flyers delivered.  its win win.

Mar 12, 2016 05:27 AM
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Tammy Lankford,
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The only tax revenue the post office has been given since the 1980s is for ballots to be sent to overseas soldiers.  It's still a division of the federal government, but it's not the same as most government agencies with more waste

Mar 12, 2016 05:13 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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Only if you want to destroy it.

Mar 12, 2016 03:48 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
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I doubt it would be any less expensive if it was.

Mar 12, 2016 03:25 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Fine provided the service and cost does not negatively chsnge

Mar 12, 2016 03:06 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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I don't care about that but as for more efficiency it could help. I was talking with friends about the grumpy people at our post office and how they seem to hate their jobs. 

Mar 12, 2016 02:11 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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YES YES and YES... The government has proven they can not handle any aspect of it and do it well. Privatize it and watch it thrive bringing a profit

Mar 12, 2016 01:57 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
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that's not going to happen.... 

Mar 12, 2016 01:39 AM
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Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
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When I consider the time and expense of me perosnally  delivering mail to what the post office charges, no.

Mar 12, 2016 01:28 AM
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Joan Beduze
Keller Williams Realty Acadiana - Lafayette, LA

Absolutely!  Virtually every Government - controlled entity would be more productive, efficient, and profitable, if it was privatized.

Mar 12, 2016 01:22 AM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

That is a decision for the American people and their elected officials to determine.

Mar 12, 2016 12:55 AM
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Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
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Yes, it's failing costing the goverment billions.

Mar 12, 2016 12:55 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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That would be nice but if it was private and things went south we as a country would be devistated

Mar 12, 2016 12:08 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
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Not sure. Just happy to hear about prices going down - what a shock that is. WIll the service also deteriorate further?

Mar 11, 2016 11:35 PM
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Gita Bantwal
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No

Mar 11, 2016 11:25 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

There are more important reasons for changing the antiquated practices.

Mar 11, 2016 11:10 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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That will not likely to happen. Union objection.

 

Mar 11, 2016 11:08 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Absolutely...The first thing to change would be customer service then service

Mar 11, 2016 11:02 PM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
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A lesson from Ben Franklin is wise here Susan. When you watch the pennies, the dollars will take care of themselves. A discussion with the postmaster will help you bring those costs down. Not sure if privatizing can provide much benefit in the long run. It could become one of those scenarios where you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone.

Mar 11, 2016 10:54 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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wish, but will never happen.

Mar 11, 2016 10:44 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Susan,

They also have program where you can have delivery to a certain zip quite reasonably priced.  Check with them or their website.  A

Mar 11, 2016 10:39 PM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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Susan Laxson I didn't hear that the price reduction will affect bulk mail. The post office is a losing profit center. It it were privatized, it would cost much more for the same service.

Mar 11, 2016 10:27 PM
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

With all the laws being passed on how to run, pay and how much one serves it probably will not happen; unless there are fees going to the government.

Mar 11, 2016 10:27 PM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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Well, well, well this is news to me,  2 cents downward...  What will they come up with next???  

Mar 11, 2016 10:03 PM