xenoqueer:

whyyoustabbedme:

It’s like ending network neutrality/fair peering arrangements for postage, basically??

The most basic summary I can come up with is that mail going from China to the US via postal services is now going to cost as much as mail going from the US to China does. Until now, senders in China (and other lower wealth nations) paid lower prices to ship, which is why it’s often cheaper to buy things and have them shipped directly from China to the US, (eg AliExpress) than buy things from US sellers (eg Ebay) and have them shipped within the US. That’s the intended goal: by equalizing the shipping costs for US and international sellers, hypothetically US sellers will see increased business and profits.

But, practically speaking, privately owned shipping companies won’t be held to account by this change in federal policy, and will be able to keep right on doing reduced shipping from China to the US, and then will have all the leverage they need to get the USPS shut down. Without the USPS as a price cap, they’ll be able to charge whatever they damned well please for their services, utterly unopposed, and in a world where so many of us buy so much online for delivery, they’ll make the kind of profit that is unholy. Because they’ll be selling a necessity and pricing it as a luxury.

It also raises a lot of questions for rural residents. Private shipping is notorious for refusing to deliver to low-density areas, shoving their packages off on the USPS. This is because the USPS is legally required to delivery to all residences within any US postal code. Private shipping can look at a low population area, and just say, “fuck it.”

And they will because low density shipping isn’t profitable.

So, you’ll see a lot of people saying in the upcoming months that this change is for the betterment of US business owners, so that they can compete with Chinese businesses. That’s where all the supporting arguments are going to come from.

But it’s bullshit because private shipping will not be held to these standards. They were never members of the UPU in the first place.

Also, the UPU handles price setting agreements for roughly 200 countries, (colored green in this map). The US is withdrawing to negotiate “fairer” pricing with China, but currently just doesn’t even have fucking plans for the 190+ other countries. We’re about to having an international shipping crisis with everyone from Canada and Mexico, to the EU and Philippines.

@xenoqueer

But, practically speaking, privately owned shipping companies won’t be held to account by this change in federal policy, and will be able to keep right on doing reduced shipping from China to the US, and then will have all the leverage they need to get the USPS shut down. Without the USPS as a price cap, they’ll be able to charge whatever they damned well please for their services, utterly unopposed, and in a world where so many of us buy so much online for delivery, they’ll make the kind of profit that is unholy. Because they’ll be selling a necessity and pricing it as a luxury.

Do you have literally zero idea what your thesis is from one sentence to the next?

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