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The End Of The Physical Postage Stamp?

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Posted 04/13/2021   09:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hoosierboy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Warning - the day is coming when the obsolete concept of government operating any form of communication monopoly such as the postal service will be no more. Government will try to control our ever evolving communication reality by regulation but fail miserably.
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Posted 04/13/2021   09:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add NSK to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
What government monopoly? The world is not the same as the USA.
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Posted 04/13/2021   11:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Warning - the day is coming when the obsolete concept of government operating any form of communication monopoly such as the postal service will be no more. Government will try to control our ever evolving communication reality by regulation but fail miserably.


The traditional mail only delivers information content. Electronic "mail" and other communications ARE information content. Imagine the Postal Service reading the contents of every single piece of mail.
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Posted 04/13/2021   11:37 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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I do not see the next generation of postal systems as a disparate group of inefficient and costly government organizations, it is the internet.

And while the internet is currently 'owned' as a diverse network infrastructure the primary backbone continues to be consolidated and controlled at many levels by several Big Tech companies. The last US election clearly illustrated the power of informational control by Big Tech.

Here in this community we love to hate eBay as the 800 pound gorilla but in the meantime the real King Kong's (Google, Amazon, and a handful of others) companies have taken over the IT world. They are not beholden to any single country and domestic tribal politics only matter to them as a means to an end. They will control the flow of content and information in our lives (and already do to a very large extent). If a country, company, or any other entity is not favorable to the Big Tech giants, they have the option of cutting them out of the internet.

The independent government postal systems that we know today are transforming into a group of worldwide parcel delivery services and have less to do with the flow of information.
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Posted 04/17/2021   08:26 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add sotwuser to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm really confused by this thread. Mail has been sent and received without using postage stamps for centuries. The postage stamp was just a technological convenience of its day. Even after the "invention" of the postage stamp, mail was still sent without them. While I don't receive much mail anymore, the majority of it arrives just fine without a stamp on it and has for many, many years.
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