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    What's with the prices at Canada Post?

    Holy crap! I feel for my fellow Canadians ...

    Comparative analysis of mailing 52 Postcards - 22 USA, 7 Canada, 22 Rest of World.
    • If mailed from USA: $30.35USD ($34CAN) - $5.72 / $4.83 / $19.80
    • If mailed from Canada: $58.20 - $20.46 / $3.64 / $34.10
    I did this because I'm on my way to Canada right now and was going to take my image and mail my cards from Toronto.

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    Canada doesn't have a lower rate for postcards like the US has. The logic is that they don't cost less to process than normal envelopes.

    If it makes you feel better, our parcel rates are often better. I just sent a couple of massive boxes to Australia. Canada Post charged me $201 Canadian by surface. The US postal service had two options: bag service, for $260 US, or regular surface parcel surface (like Canada Post used to ship them), for $310 US.
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    Art:

    It's because Canada Post has MurrayMinchin .

    It may also be because Canada Post does not have a special postcard rate.

    One advantage, however, is that you can send bigger postcards (almost 5"x7") without paying extra.

    Matt

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    I believe it has something to do with the volume of mail originating from a country, and some sort of international agreement between countries.

    A country like Canada with 10% (?) the population of the US honours the US postage of letters addressed to Canada and delivers them for 'free'. Because the US has such a large population in comparison, they get a 'volume' discount for international letters. Canada, with it's smaller population would have to pay more for each letter.

    It's been a long time since I've worked at the wicket (selling stamps and sending parcels) so I can't say for sure...

    Anyways, there's a price for living in Paradise isn't there

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    It's because Canada Post has MurrayMinchin
    (Crap!! Those lawyers never forget anything).

    Nice going Matt,

    I had you penciled in for a healthy chunk of my $100,000.00 bonus this year. Your loss toots!

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    Last edited by MurrayMinchin; 07-03-2007 at 05:34 PM. Click to view previous post history.
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    Part of the reason is that if mailed from the US only 29 of the postcards would pay international rates. If mailed from Canada 44 would pay international rates. ??
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    It isn't any cheaper sending within Canada either. I sent from Vancouver a 20" mail tube to Toronto via express mail. It cost 19.00 Canadian and arrived in four business days, the same tube in the US sent priority would cost ~ 4.85 USD and 9 out of 10 times it would be there in two days. I wonder if the cost of sending mail in Canada is the reason that there are not more services like netflicks.

    FWIW the postal delivery guys here in Van and earlier in Richmond were very personable folks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJim View Post
    Canada doesn't have a lower rate for postcards like the US has. The logic is that they don't cost less to process than normal envelopes.....
    While it really is Murray's fault - given this situation: You might as well put postcards in envelopes in Canada - that way you don't risk getting all that postal machine ink splattered all over the picture! :o

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    Quote Originally Posted by MurrayMinchin View Post
    (Crap!! Those lawyers never forget anything).

    Nice going Matt,

    I had you penciled in for a healthy chunk of my $100,000.00 bonus this year. Your loss toots!

    Murray
    Murray:

    Is that $100,000.00 payable in stamps?



    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by copake_ham
    While it really is Murray's fault...
    George...I'll be waiting and watching ever so patiently to get you back for that one

    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    Is that $100,000.00 payable in stamps?
    Sorry to get your hopes up Matt but I actually had it backwards, it's a $0.000001 bonus

    And for all this abuse (not including the dogs) I walk 2400 miles a year?

    (Hehehe...letter carrier is still the BEST day job on Earth...for me).

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