19 July 2010

Post it

The Danish Post is constantly complaining, the main beef being that we send less letters. I would be willing to bet that we would send more if the rates were not obscene, like the highest in the world. At least twice a year they turn the knob, raising the prices on every single service. The latest rate for sending a letter is going to be 8 dkr. That is $1.30, or €1.07. They even tried to get away with shaving a day of the week, as in keeping mondays delivery free, but that suggestion was fortunately laid to rest by the government. 

And the latest turn of the knob made it to the news today: the fee for paying a bill at the post office has gone up to 25 dkr ($4.30 or €3.30), a raise of 67% over the last 16 months. Just imagine what a handful of those will cost you, if you are in the group of people not connected to a computer? Like the elderly and those with low income. I wish I could write something more affectionate about The Post, because deep down I still think of them in a romantic way. I love the classic red mailboxes and the instantly recognisable mustard yellow bikes and cars. But we are approaching enough here. Really, Post Danmark?!


A classic Copenhagen sight, staying in this shape since 1870 when it was designed by the founding father of the Social Democrats Louis Pio.


Somebody has a sense of humor, painting his vintage Porsche the trademark Post DK mustard yellow.

Not a Post Danmark vehicle. Although it would explain a lot.

13 comments:

  1. Have you seen my other blog? www.lortepostdanmark.blogspot.com Its about Danish Postal "Service". :)

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  2. Der er faktisk en "jeg hader Post Danmark" blog.
    Jeg ville ønske jeg havde startet den...

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  3. Jeg tror næsten at det er den Uden Relevans linker til? Jeg må straks ind og kigge. Post Danmark har virkelig overskredet grænsen nu, med circa 100 kilometer i timen. Forstil dig en stakkels pensionist, der skal betale eksempelvis 5 regninger på én gang? Det er uanstændigt!

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  4. If they at least invested the extra money in some mustard yellow Porsches... I think the posts are pretty dismal everywhere. Every time I want to post a letter here in the UK the price has gone up. But they are still cheaper than in Germany, where a letter is €0.55 - makes €1.07 double Ouch, not to mention the bill paying thing!

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  5. Hi Sabine, I am happy that you have come up with something to compare with, I was thinking I should have asked about that in the post. It is a joke how the 8 dkr stamp will only get the letter to someone else in DK, forget about the rates for sending it any futher.

    But the bill paying fee takes the cake, mainly because it hurts people who are already not in the best position. Where have the solidarity gone?

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  6. Yeap, the bill paying thing is pretty outrageous. They are talking about privatising the post here in the UK... Selling it to German Post.

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  7. I wonder if that is going to make matters better or worse? In healthcare it is the worst thing possible, but that is for another post. :-)

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  8. What a great post! Love that old photo and that yellow is so cool! All our postage signage is in red which isn't nearly as exciting! Thank you for visiting my blog - love yours - will have to do some exploring! :0)

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  9. Hi Sam, I actually visit your blog quite often, as a secret (not so anymore, haha) subscriber. :-)

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  10. i <3 <3 <3 this stuff in cph :-)

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  11. Hey my favourite ballerina! Are you hooting (?) at the mailboxes and the funny mustard colored vintage sports cars? Not that I blame you if you do. :-)

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  12. Du får lige den her på dansk: Er helt enig med PostDanmarks vanvittige porto-priser. De burde netop sænke priserne, for at lokke kunderne tilbage i biksen.
    Rigtig fed Porsche 911, den luner et bilhjerte i den kolde decembertid! Meget velholdt!
    (Ku godt lide din afsluttende kommentar om, at det ville forklare en del om priserne, hvis det var en Post-bil ;-)

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  13. Hvornår tror du fotoet af cyklisterne er taget? Mit bud er starten af 1950'erne, ud fra påklædning, bilerne og sporvognene...Er bare nysgerrig - mail mig evt. på Flickr

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