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Buying from China
This is off topic, but I want to mention that Chinese manufacturers sell their products to the domestic market at lower prices than they sell to foreign dealers. This would be fine if there weren't so many Chinese dealers who sell World-wide.
1.) There was the claim that the former UPU regulations would cause many small shops to close, because it would be cheaper to buy from China. That is actually a global trend that big companies operating in the mail order (e.g. Amazon) and also chains stores grow whereas small shops are in decline. It is not caused by Chinese shipping rates, but it is a trend visible in all countries in all economic sectors that fewer and fewer companies control the market. To think that a change of UPU rules would change that, is is gross simplification of the problem.
2.) The normal way to reduce costs is to invest more in better technology, not reduce salaries. If there is a lack of investment - as you indicate - the solution is there and not in the change of the UPU rules. The "easy answer" to blame foreign powers will not solve anything. More money has to be used for the infrastructure.
3.) It is normally cheaper to buy where something is produced - because otherwise, several additional companies have to make a profit from importing, distributing and selling. It is therefore normal that is cheaper to buy something in China than to buy the same, Chinese-produced article in a shop in the US. Again, to make Chinese shipping rates more expensive will not change that.
It is not surprising with such a focus on non-domestic causes the US trade imbalance gets worse.
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