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Before we take to mob lynching, lets give the guys the benefit of doubt. Didn't the Postal Service enter into an agreement with UPS to help take Express mail and Priority mail on their airplanes?
The Postal Service has an agreement with Fed Ex for the services mentioned. To their ad- What can Brown do for you?- I say "Give it to Blue (USPS)- we diliver on Saturdays"
Call the MTE hotline (866)330-3404, if you see any wrongful use of Postal equipment.
I would say they need a SPELLING and COLOR TEST CHECK!BLUE and and EXTRA S in the name!REALLY!
Since most businesses understand the concept of costs institute a penality/fine system. Wouldn't take long for them too get the message if there was a $250 fine per piece!!
We ought to sell flat tubs. They are very handy and stronger than the similarly-shaped storage containers on the market. If the price was right, I would buy one to use as an organizer in the truck of my car.
I agree with the first post, they do have a right to use our equipment when they haul it for us. Fedex delivers parcels to me every day, and they are in #1 USPS sacks as well.
When I was at a book conference in Denver last year, there was a vendor that was willing to ship books home. They had more than a dozen USPS tubs, but they advertised UPS. I asked and they said they shipped UPS - I told them they should return our tubs to their local PO., and walked away. They came after me saying they would be glad to mail them to me via USPS. I said I didn't want to give them my business for ANYTHING!
If the businesses will agree to return them to their local post office, great. For large companies that have huge amounts of our equipment, the Inspection Service should contact them and give them one chance to return it. The offenders should be place on a list and if they are found to be using our equipment again they should be fined. As for UPS and FedEx using our equipment, if the tubs or sacks contain mail that is headed to the post office, such as Parcel Select, no problem. But if it's being used to store or transport their own pieces or misc. equipment, etc. they should be warned to quit or they'll be fined also.
As long as the container is used for transporting mail to or from our offices....I don't see a problem with it. Now if they are using them to store things in the garage, or using them to hold their own parcels that are not bound for the USPS...then I would say we politely ask for them back. If we make a loud noise about it...it makes us look cheap.
But we are cheap. We are out of money, or so we are told. And I guess I believe it. I have $116 dollars to spend in my Oct budget for utilities, the 3 monthly bills that I pay on ebuy total approximatly 113.00, next month I have 81 dollars for utilities. Hmmmm....Hope my customers dont mind the dark and cold! I am afraid that is what they will get when they come in. But I guess this is the subject of another blog. Bottom line is we need the tubs that are not in use because we dont have the funds to buy more, nor should we have to. Oh, and sorry one of the previous posters missed out on a huge CC or BC lead with the book seller! Never walk away, go after them for their business and ours!
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