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USPS won't ship smartphones or tablets overseas anymore, battery chemistry to blame

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USPS won't ship smartphones or tablets overseas anymore, battery chemistry to blame
The once proud, now embattled United State Postal Service will be choking off another revenue stream come May 16. It managed to lose $3.4 billion last quarter alone, but that didn't stop it to place a ban on shipping electronics abroad, including tablets and smartphones, which our military is so fond of lately, and USPS has always been so kind to them with shipping.

The reason, as you can easily guess, are the lithium batteries inside those gadgets, which under certain circumstances are pretty flammable, and the spontaneously combusting incidents mid-air, which have allegedly lead to losing two cargo planes since 2006, have tipped the scales towards the ban. Oh, well, there's always the private sector.

source: CNET

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posted on 11 May 2012, 08:20 9

4. BattleBrat (Posts: 1054; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Maybe if the USPS would stop KICKING THEM AROUND, they would stop catching on fire!

posted on 11 May 2012, 08:47 2

5. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


Another instance where private businesses are better than government programs.

posted on 11 May 2012, 11:15 1

7. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I'll srick with UPS and Fedex and DHL then :)

posted on 11 May 2012, 11:49 1

8. mahony (Posts: 15; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


Yes, sending a smartphone overseas using USPS = $12. Using UPS or fedex = $172

posted on 11 May 2012, 12:59

10. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


not necessarily, it depends on many factors.

posted on 11 May 2012, 14:06 3

11. aarongzmn (Posts: 46; Member since: 22 Mar 2010)


It doesn't depend on anything. USPS has way better prices than any of the services you just listed.

posted on 11 May 2012, 15:11 2

12. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Agree. For what UPS or Fedex charge,you might as well buy a ticket and go deliver the package yourself. USPS offers great bargains for what they charge.

posted on 11 May 2012, 12:47 4

9. Tacticaltomato (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


If anyone here seriously thinks that UPS or FEDEX actually treats your packages BETTER than USPS, think again. I have seen first-hand how little care is given to customers packages. Even though USPS is a govt program, it could be worse, at least it is privately funded.

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