Originally Posted by Thrifter
I'm not an american, but I'm pretty sure that the US postal system is heavily subsidized. Other countries cannot ship as cheaply as americans have become accustomed.
You're mistaken. Taypayer subsidies for the post office were phased out between... I believe it was 1972 and 1983... so it's been nearly 30 years since the USPS has been directly subsidized, beyond some relatively minor reimbursements for mail delivery involving the disabled, overseas voters, and I think some non-profit organizations.
Many other countries, including some where mail/package delivery is more expensive than it is in the US, do still subsidize their postal systems. Often quite heavily.
I'm not a USPS employee. And I have LOTS of criticisms of the USPS. But that having been said, having dealt with the post systems of a number of other countries, I recognize that the USPS could be far, far worse than it is.