I have paid for a post office box for my home and business in Alexandria for close to 30 years. I never had a problem getting my mail and packages delivered to me in the way the USPS says on its website is safe, secure and convenient, and it should make the USPS money.
About three months ago, I noticed I was missing mail; it was packages and mail with my street address on them. For years, this mail was placed in my post office box, but no longer. Now the Alexandria mail is sorted in Ohatchee, and workers will not forward this mail to Alexandria for delivery to a post office box. According to the person in Ohatchee, I must get a mailbox for delivery at the site of my physical address. Why, then, do I pay for a post office box? Doesn’t it cost money for the USPS to deliver mail?
I’ve discovered that UPS and Federal Express will deliver some packages to your local post office for delivery by the postal service. But here’s another problem, since some companies will not accept post office box numbers as valid addresses, so they drop the package at the post office, with your street address, only for the USPS to send it back, undeliverable, with no physical mail box at address.
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” but apparently the inability to move mail from the Ohatchee Post Office to the Alexandria Post Office can bring down the whole system. If you pay extra for a post office box, ask yourself what you’re missing that was in the mail.