Are simple logistics costing you the American taxpayer money? Very likely. And I’m sure for plenty of reasons other than the one I am going to try and impress upon you right now.
Now take for example you are trying to travel from point A to point B, they are 2.3 miles apart. Here they are on a map:
Hypothetically, lets say you wanted to mail a letter from your house “A” to your friends house “B”. Now, I have no idea how the post office works, but lets assume all the letters get collected for the day and are taken to a local post office for sorting. Basically, you go from your house A, to the post office C, to your friends house B. Still doesn’t seem that bad right?
So why on earth does a letter sent from A to B go through a postal sorting center D, 90+ miles away? [not drawn to scale]
I kid you not. Letters going from A to B travel more than 90 miles there and back. How do I know? We have been receiving lots of little envelopes in the mail recently, and our friends in house (A) sent theirs to our place (B), and it was stamped as going through (D). Even though there is a post office (C) ONE MILE from our house.
If anyone knows why the post office works this way, or how they go about sorting and distributing mail please let me know in the comments below. Isn’t there the technology to electronically sort mail that should stay in town? Do they really need to pay all that money for fuel to transport letters 180+ miles when they really only needed to go <10? Is this the reason the price of stamps goes up every two months? seems like a simple logistics problem to me.