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If you’re like Doomberg, you spend a lot of time on eBay buying small baubles from China for your smartphone. After all, part of the fun of having a brand new phone is being able to accessorize it. You need a case, screen protector, maybe a spare battery, some cables, and so forth. And, of course, you go to eBay and find a seller that will sell these items for just a couple bucks with free delivery from China.
It would seem that it’s unlikely that you can transport the item to a boat or airplane, get it to the United States, give it to the USPS, and have them deliver it to you for “free.” So what’s going on?
Letter - Country - Country - Lots - Treaties
Back in the 1800s, sending a letter from one country to another country was hard. There were lots of individual treaties and no standardization allowing mail to flow seamlessly as it does today. There also was a problem that emerging countries had very little means to actually mail something to another country.
The Universal Postal Union (UPU) was formed in 1874 to address these issues and establish rates between countries. At the time, it was an American initiative which has since become a United Nations agency.
Time - China - Nation - Rates - Trade
Also, at the time, China was a developing nation and extremely low rates were established to encourage trade. Here we are today where it costs about five times less to mail something from China to the United States than to send the same package to your next door neighbor.
Here’s an example. A New Jersey company makes a nifty mug they call the Mighty-Mug. The mug is produced in...
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