USPS rate increase – Damn the Man!

It’s official; what used to cost .63 first class now costs $1.30. That’s over 100% increase – what business can do that and suvive?

Oh yeah, the United States Post Office because they have a monopoly on first class mail!

Who’s responsible for this B.S.? That would be the Postal Regulatory Commission, headed by Dan G. Blair. Here’s a wonderful article from The Washington Post from March outlining the process. Not surprisingly, it gives no details regarding the actual increases, but speaks only in non-concrete terms.

Postal Regulatory Commission Homepage: On the right side, in the little green box, there is a link for “Public Comments”. I would encourage everyone to make their feelings known.

Also, there is the

Office of Consumer Advocate
From the website: The mission of the Office of the Consumer Advocate is to be a vigorous, responsive, and effective advocate for reasonable and equitable treatment of the general public in proceedings before the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).

And: The PRC is an independent regulatory agency whose responsibility is to recommend new rates and mail classifications to the U.S. Postal Service.

Consumer Advocate
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 5821
Washington, DC 20260-2200

The USPS also maintains an electronic feedback form at:

And finally, The Postal Service also maintains a nationwide network of local Consumer Affairs and Claims Offices. The telephone number for your local Consumer Affairs and Claims Office is listed in the telephone book with other Postal Service telephone numbers. Or can be located on the internet at:

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