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Old Dec 13, 10, 6:07 pm   #1
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if the post office charges the same price for 8-mile and 8000-mile trips, why can't a

if the post office charges the same price for 8-mile and 8000-mile trips, why can't airlines do the same?

I was sending out christmas presents and it was a zoo at the local post office.(duh!)

Among my packages were two identical sets of DVDs(complete Start Trek series plus others). Each package weighed in at just over 9 pounds. I shipped them in priority mail flat rate boxes. One is going just 8 miles away to my nephew, while the other one is going a little more than 8000 miles to my cousin in Guam. What surprised me was the both packages cost exactly the same to ship. I don't pretend to understand the post office's logic or financial wisdom.
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That's how flat rate works, everything is one rate. It doesn't matter if the local one could have been sent for less with regular priority mail or not, you paid one price.

If the airlines charged one price they would do like they do priority mail flat rate, analyze every package sent, and come up with a number that nets them more money from the consumer than the old fare structure did, and market the daylights out of it so that people would think it's a great idea.
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Old Dec 13, 10, 7:25 pm   #3
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That's how flat rate works, everything is one rate. It doesn't matter if the local one could have been sent for less with regular priority mail or not, you paid one price.

If the airlines charged one price they would do like they do priority mail flat rate, analyze every package sent, and come up with a number that nets them more money from the consumer than the old fare structure did, and market the daylights out of it so that people would think it's a great idea.
sounds like a math or business school project.... I wonder what the average prices is of ALL the airlines ticket sold in one year.
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Bing says $303 domestic, $1,271 to Europe
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Old Dec 13, 10, 7:34 pm   #5
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Bing says $303 domestic, $1,271 to Europe
Who is Bing? Not Chandler Bing, I hope?
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Who is Bing? Not Chandler Bing, I hope?
http://www.bing.com/ (I'm assuming)
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If the airlines charged one price they would do like they do priority mail flat rate, analyze every package sent, and come up with a number that nets them more money from the consumer than the old fare structure did, and market the daylights out of it so that people would think it's a great idea.
It would work out great until the other airlines decided to undercut you on the short-hauls and you end up doing 90% trans-pacific and trans-atlantic flights for $200
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if the post office charges the same price for 8-mile and 8000-mile trips, why can't airlines do the same?

...I don't pretend to understand the post office's logic or financial wisdom.
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if the post office charges the same price for 8-mile and 8000-mile trips, why can't airlines do the same?
Definitely - the government could offer subsidized flights to Guam. You're willing to help foot the bill?
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Who is Bing? Not Chandler Bing, I hope?
So much for Microsoft's humongous marketing campaign
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if the post office charges the same price for 8-mile and 8000-mile trips, why can't airlines do the same?

I was sending out christmas presents and it was a zoo at the local post office.(duh!)

Among my packages were two identical sets of DVDs(complete Start Trek series plus others). Each package weighed in at just over 9 pounds. I shipped them in priority mail flat rate boxes. One is going just 8 miles away to my nephew, while the other one is going a little more than 8000 miles to my cousin in Guam. What surprised me was the both packages cost exactly the same to ship. I don't pretend to understand the post office's logic or financial wisdom.
Do you investigate the price of sending the DVDs at the "Media Mail" rate, at least to the nearby recipient? You would have to supply your own packaging, but would probably save a few dollars on the postage.
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Old Dec 13, 10, 10:04 pm   #12
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Definitely - the government could offer subsidized flights to Guam. You're willing to help foot the bill?
I'm willing to help foot the bill, as long as the government is willing to help foot the bill for me moving to Maui.
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Well............... If you fit in one of those flat rate boxes.......
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Old Dec 13, 10, 10:35 pm   #14
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Well............... If you fit in one of those flat rate boxes.......
It's actually cheaper to ship myself in the post office's Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Boxes, compared to buying an airline ticket from NY to Guam. This is based on chopping myself into dozens of pieces to fit the flat rate boxes, of course.
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It would work out great until the other airlines decided to undercut you on the short-hauls and you end up doing 90% trans-pacific and trans-atlantic flights for $200
Postal Service is a monopoly. So your flat-rate airline needs to be a monopoly for this single-price model to work.
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