News Senate debates bill that may allow shipping beer via USPS

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  1. DrAwkward82

    DrAwkward82 Initiate (55) Apr 16, 2005 California

  2. AlexisDetroit

    AlexisDetroit Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2005 Washington

    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.
  3. wyatt

    wyatt Aspirant (261) Nov 18, 2009 Louisiana
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    Any update on this?
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  4. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Meyvn (1,248) Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    Don't republicans love their booze? Just as long as its not shipped I guess.
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  5. mfdish

    mfdish Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2011 Nevada

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

    drought Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2013

    has anything come of this? ive been searching around for a bit and cant find any info about this since.
  7. Beerandraiderfan

    Beerandraiderfan Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2009 Nevada

    "Going Postal" might start to mean something a lot cooler. . .
    BeerKangaroo, Retail1LO and aasher like this.
  8. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (3,072) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    Flat rate beer boxes? :slight_smile:
  9. Giantspace

    Giantspace Zealot (507) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

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  10. Thedrizzle

    Thedrizzle Defender (642) Sep 10, 2012 Florida
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    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.
  11. coriswrasse

    coriswrasse Disciple (345) Nov 11, 2010 North Carolina

    bump. progress?
  12. NJBeerMe

    NJBeerMe Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2014 New Jersey

    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.
  13. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Zealot (511) Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    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.
  14. Dreizhen

    Dreizhen Aspirant (263) Jun 6, 2013 District of Columbia

    There's been a lot of talk about restructuring the USPS to include doing small loans and some minor banking. (; 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.
  15. mverity

    mverity Defender (669) Oct 6, 2012 Florida
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    I have done all of my shipping through USPS for the very reason of giving them extra business.
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  16. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Crusader (737) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    If this passes you would be able to give your package to the letter carrier who delivers your mail.
  17. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,246) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Only if "you" have a retail license to sell beer in your state. From the NY Times piece in the OP:
    " offer a broader range of revenue sources like delivering beer and wine for retailers."
  18. mlhyatt

    mlhyatt Zealot (501) Jul 27, 2013 Georgia
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    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.
  19. anticipation23

    anticipation23 Initiate (0) May 2, 2013 Wisconsin

    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.
  20. BrettHead

    BrettHead Devotee (474) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    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.
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  21. CasualDave

    CasualDave Initiate (0) Mar 25, 2014 Indiana

    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.
  22. mani

    mani Initiate (179) Jun 16, 2012 New Jersey
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    Seriously, talk about seeing what you want to see.
  23. mysticryuujin

    mysticryuujin Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2010 California

  24. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (3,072) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    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 Poo-Bah (2,663) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
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    This is sadly 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 Disciple (384) Jan 25, 2012 Texas

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

    Soneast Crusader (744) May 9, 2008 Wisconsin
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    But wine? That's no problem! :rolling_eyes:
  28. shnsajax

    shnsajax Disciple (356) Jul 2, 2013 Idaho
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    I thought this was already approved and going to be happening pretty soon.
  29. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,263) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Self shipping wine can be a problem at some locations, others do not blink an eye.
  30. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Initiate (0) May 8, 2006 Michigan

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

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (3,072) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    Of course, but getting caught with FedEx or UPS is basically a slap on the wrist, rather than breaking a federal law.
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  32. crusian

    crusian Crusader (738) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    Wow. 12 signatures. lol.
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  33. ChuckHardslab

    ChuckHardslab Disciple (384) Jan 25, 2012 Texas

    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. zid

    zid Crusader (789) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    It's like putting your name on a list to have your packages inspected.
  35. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 Pennsylvania

    That sounds like a good time to me =D


    ... oh. Mail package. Bah...
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  36. smokinyodas

    smokinyodas Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2012 Florida

    You mean congress is thinking outside the box to make a Bill to counter frivolous laws in order to make money? (Slow Clap):grinning:
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  37. 3sheets2wind

    3sheets2wind Initiate (0) Mar 12, 2013 Texas
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    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.
  38. pitweasel

    pitweasel Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2007 New York

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

    Do not use USPS to ship beer. Ever.
  39. CasanovaCummins

    CasanovaCummins Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2012 Nevada
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    Oh sure, I bring up the idea that USPS can make tons of money in a thread and Poof it gets deleted, but then someone else gets the idea and now it's okay.

    They should send me a kickback.

    I WILL take it in the form of beer.
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