Why is there media mail?
March 5, 2010 12:26 PM Subscribe
Media mail doesn't seem to make economic sense, and I'm curious why it exists...
posted by paultopia to law & government (23 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Reading this question
makes me wonder: why does USPS offer such a steep discount for media mail? I imagine that their main costs are weight (fuel) and sorting, and media mail is both heavy (books!) and ordinarily not pre-sorted, so it's hard to see a straight-up economic reason to do so.
Is it just lobbying from the publishing industry?