How can the economy recover and small businesses succeed with all three (USPS, UPS, and Fedex) increasing their rates? The only variable cost the USPS has is gas prices and they went down from 2008. Everything is the same since they go to every mailbox, everyday. On top of that, the USPS reduced its workforce and condensed buildings. The USPS is the only company I know that has lost money and lower volume and then thought it was a good idea to raise prices. Every cent the USPS raises their rates, less packages are shipped. Simple supply and demand. Lower prices equals more demand. Congress needs to fix the USPS and lower rates for shipping packages. With more and more goods being sold online, lower shipping rates for packages will increase consumers' spending and get the economy moving again.