I do a lot of shipping between east coast US and asia-pacific. Packages coming from Japan arrive faster and for far cheaper than the same delivered by USPS domestically via first class standard. Fedex and UPS also have the courtesy to knock before affixing the "sorry we missed you" sticker and vanishing into the night. If they didn't have massive pensions, stopped stealing packages, honored insurance claims, and stopped forcing people to travel to the post office to pick up packages that were supposed to be delivered, USPS wouldn't be sinking like the Titanic. The problem with the postal service isn't the finances. The problem with the postal service is that it's filled with postal employees.