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USPS Relents! We get to keep our address!
When we were finishing the first edition of our book, Living on 12 Volts with Ample Power, and designing the first Ample Power products, we rented a small office of 250 square feet. We knew we'd outgrow that office shortly, and wanted an address we could put in our book that would remain ours to keep. So it was that we rented a box from a private mail and packaging center. The address went into the back of our book, and has been printed on countless catalogs and data sheets ever since. That address is 2442 NW Market St., #43, Seattle, WA 98107.
Without our knowledge, the U.S. Post Office enacted new regulations that require all holders of private mail boxes to not only give up all vestiges of privacy, but under the new regulations, the USPS will refuse to deliver mail to any private mail box that doesn't have the letters `PMB' preceding the box number. In other words, the address that we have had since 1986 is no longer valid, and the investment we have made in books, catalogs, data sheets, etc. has been literally stolen from us by the Post Office.
While the USPS claims that the new measures are necessary to prevent fraud, they have no statistics to back up this claim. By law, the USPS is prevented from collecting data on citizens, but in the new regulations they are ordering the owners of private mail and packaging centers to collect the data for them. We hear everyday about corporate disregard of privacy issues, but the USPS thinks they have the right to ignore privacy, and steal addresses from millions of innocent citizens.
Thank you for supporting freedom and property rights!