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Senate debates bill that may allow shipping beer via USPS

Discussion in 'Beer News' started by Todd, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. Bluecane

    Bluecane Initiate (0) New York Dec 30, 2011

    I think it was the "Seriously" part that provoked those posts haha. Love your avatar, by the way; I don't know what it is/where it's from, but it cracks me up.
  2. DrAwkward82

    DrAwkward82 Savant (315) California Apr 16, 2005

  3. Is it legal now to ship bottles of beer, wine, or liquor as gifts via US Postal? I thought so, as I see bottle shipper containers for sale.
  4. wyatt

    wyatt Savant (390) Louisiana Nov 18, 2009 Verified

    Any update on this?
    dar482 likes this.
  5. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Advocate (640) Illinois Feb 27, 2009 Verified

    Don't republicans love their booze? Just as long as its not shipped I guess.
    Beerandraiderfan and Skye1024 like this.
  6. mfdish

    mfdish Aficionado (120) Nevada Oct 30, 2011

    Well, I know I would certainly be on the phone with Coit Liquor in San Francisco every couple weeks...
  7. drought

    drought Initiate (15) Apr 22, 2013

    has anything come of this? ive been searching around for a bit and cant find any info about this since.
  8. "Going Postal" might start to mean something a lot cooler. . .
    BeerKangaroo, Retail1LO and aasher like this.
  9. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poobah (1,105) West Virginia Aug 10, 2010 Verified

    Flat rate beer boxes? :)
  10. Scrapss likes this.
  11. Thedrizzle

    Thedrizzle Advocate (570) Florida Sep 10, 2012 Verified

    Saturday delivery isn't being cut. I work at the po. It would be perfect if I could just send beer when I go to work.
    Hopefully management realizes all of the sources of revenue he's missing out of cause well he's an idiot.
  12. bump. progress?
  13. NJBeerMe

    NJBeerMe Zealot (75) New Jersey Jan 26, 2014

    Pure speculation, but this bill makes me wonder if Amazon is going to get into the beer game. They are keeping USPS afloat, and the USPS will do pretty much anything Amazon says.
    DelMontiac likes this.
  14. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Advocate (720) Pennsylvania Mar 28, 2009 Verified

    Google doesn't turn up anything recent. It doesn't look like this is an issue that's currently being considered, so I'd say it's pretty much dead at the moment.
  15. Dreizhen

    Dreizhen Savant (445) United Kingdom (Scotland) Jun 6, 2013 Verified

    There's been a lot of talk about restructuring the USPS to include doing small loans and some minor banking. (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/08/opinion/the-post-office-banks-on-the-poor.html?_r=0; see also Baradaran, Mehrsa, The USPS Banks on the Poor, Vanderbilt Law Review, publication forthcoming).

    My guess is they try and sneak this little beer shipping rule change in with the bigger changes (that are getting a lot of press) so there is less attention placed on the beer aspect. This seems like the type of thing that no one in Congress particularly would care to oppose unless some of their constituents threw a hissy fit. The beer community might get lucky.
  16. mverity

    mverity Savant (475) Florida Oct 6, 2012 Verified

    I have done all of my shipping through USPS for the very reason of giving them extra business.
    luwak likes this.
  17. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Advocate (625) New Jersey Mar 6, 2008 Verified

    If this passes you would be able to give your package to the letter carrier who delivers your mail.
  18. Only if "you" have a retail license to sell beer in your state. From the NY Times piece in the OP:
    "...to offer a broader range of revenue sources like delivering beer and wine for retailers."
  19. mlhyatt

    mlhyatt Advocate (580) Georgia Jul 27, 2013 Verified

    This would make shipping so much cheaper. Flat rate boxes. $8 bucks to ship a decent sized box across the country. I'm in. I really don't understand why the USPS doesn't allow alcohol to be shipped through their carriers in the first place.
  20. Honestly with the way my USPS drivers have been in the past I would still never send a box through them. One mail-person I had would park her truck at one end of the neighborhood and walk around to each house individually to deliver the mail, effectively making a 1/2 hour job into a 2 hour job… My neighbors told me she had done it that way for over a decade. I was dumbfounded.
  21. BrettHead

    BrettHead Advocate (660) Nebraska Sep 18, 2010

    Yeah, for some reason people seem to think that this law would somehow change the requirement to be a retail store in order to ship booze.
    jRocco2021 likes this.
  22. CasualDave

    CasualDave Initiate (15) Indiana Mar 25, 2014

    Do we know if this passed? The closest FedEx place is 20 minutes away and it's a pain in the ass to cart beer back and forth.
  23. mani

    mani Savant (355) New Jersey Jun 16, 2012 Verified

    Seriously, talk about seeing what you want to see.
  24. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poobah (1,105) West Virginia Aug 10, 2010 Verified

    Even if they do, they will probably charge a ridiculous amount to ship it, and beer traders will continue using FedEx and UPS.
  25. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Champion (805) Maryland Oct 15, 2011 Verified

    This is sadly true...it cost me around $7.50 just to ship some freaking bottle caps!

    Meh, I still signed the petition, because I hate moronic over-regulation on things that don't need it.
  26. ChuckHardslab

    ChuckHardslab Advocate (575) Texas Jan 25, 2012 Verified

    You do realize that if you tell the truth neither UPS or FedEx allow you to ship beer either.
    albertq17 likes this.
  27. Soneast

    Soneast Advocate (630) Wisconsin May 9, 2008 Verified

    But wine? That's no problem! :rolleyes:
  28. shnsajax

    shnsajax Savant (460) Idaho Jul 2, 2013 Verified

    I thought this was already approved and going to be happening pretty soon.
  29. Self shipping wine can be a problem at some locations, others do not blink an eye.
  30. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Champion (860) Michigan May 8, 2006

    They've never asked, I've never lied, they get paid and my beer gets shipped. Beautiful arrangement.
  31. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poobah (1,105) West Virginia Aug 10, 2010 Verified

    Of course, but getting caught with FedEx or UPS is basically a slap on the wrist, rather than breaking a federal law.
    jRocco2021 likes this.
  32. crusian

    crusian Advocate (665) Oregon May 14, 2010 Verified

    Wow. 12 signatures. lol.
    jRocco2021 and UtisTheLaw like this.
  33. ChuckHardslab

    ChuckHardslab Advocate (575) Texas Jan 25, 2012 Verified

    I was shipping some homebrew once and they actually asked me what it was. I bottle condition my beers, so I told them yeast samples...
    Draughtsman and rather like this.
  34. JustXBeer

    JustXBeer Savant (325) California Nov 29, 2012 Verified

  35. zid

    zid Advocate (700) New York Feb 15, 2010 Verified

    It's like putting your name on a list to have your packages inspected.

  36. That sounds like a good time to me =D


    ... oh. Mail package. Bah...
    BrettHead and zid like this.
  37. You mean congress is thinking outside the box to make a Bill to counter frivolous laws in order to make money? (Slow Clap):D
    JohnnyHopps likes this.
  38. 3sheets2wind

    3sheets2wind Savant (250) Texas Mar 12, 2013

    The only time I had a package f***ed up was by UPS, not USPS. I have done at least a dozen beer trades through FedEx and several through USPS on the flat rate steez. UPS is not to be trusted.
    PsilohsaiBiN likes this.
  39. pitweasel

    pitweasel Advocate (550) New York Jun 11, 2007

    UPS will just say "hey, you can't ship beer".
    USPS will actually bring action.

    Do not use USPS to ship beer. Ever.