Another USPS Rant

Now that stamp prices have gone up yet again (it was 29 cents in 1991, 34 cents in 2001, and now 41 cents in 2007), I thought I would get around to buying those two cent stamps. It just seems stupid in the first place. If they sold me a stamp for 39 cents with the claim that it would be enough to ship an envelope, that should be true for the life of the stamp.

Pretty much everyone is lazy, and I’m not an exception. When you combine that with my excessive use of the Internet, it’s easy to see why I went to the USPS website to order the penny stamps. I needed ~75, so I figured I would just buy four books of 20 each. Chances are I wouldn’t use them all before the price goes up again, so I didn’t worry too much about buying a few extras. After searching through the additional postage section, I finally came across page 11 of 12 where they had the packets of 20. Why on earth the coil of 10,000 five cent stamps was so much before the book I needed, I can’t imagine…

I selected the item, changed quantity to four, and clicked to check out. It tells me that I won’t find out the shipping cost until checkout. I have to register to buy anything… annoying but I deal with it. Then I have to put in my payment information (i.e., credit card info) before I can even see the shipping cost… okay, fine, your site sucks but I need these stamps. Finally I make it to the very last page and I find out that they charge $1.00 for “handling.” WTF?? First off, they’re the frickin’ Post Office. It’s not like they have to buy a stamp. They already come to the apartment complex, so why can’t the delivery person just bring the stamps with? And why do they charge me more than twice the cost of shipping (i.e., a single stamp)? This isn’t eBay is it? Now I understand why they put these on page 11 of 12…

I guess I’ll have to resort to supergluing pennies to my envelopes instead.