Should the Post Office Sell Fishing Licenses?

One of the amendments in S1789, the Postal Relief Act, is to allow Post Offices to offer services like “Social Security card renewals and fishing licenses.”

According to the American Sportfisher Association, there are approximately 30 million fishermen.

Assuming all of those are licensed, what kind of revenue could the Postal Service see from selling state fishing licenses?

In most states, the sale of licenses is regulated, much like the control of liquor licenses. Often retailers compete to be recognized as agents, simply to get the fishermen into their store so that they can stock up on gear and equipment.

Post Offices as agents may be viewed as an intrusion into this lucrative market and is likely to be rebuffed by many states.

Additionally, there may be limited financial incentive to selling licenses, as the fees collected are used by state game and wildlife. For example, in Pennsylvania, the issuing agent fee is $1.00.

Assuming similar compensation, and assuming that every fisherman buys their license at a Post Office, we can look forward to less than $30 million from this amendment.

Do you think it’s something we should do? Comment here.

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16 Comments

  1. Anonymous

     /  June 29, 2012

    Well, gosh….hmmmm…only $30m annually. It’s a no-brainer. Let’s sell what we can then keep ALL of our offices/proccessing plants open and not run by non-carreer employees. Let’s sell passports and become notaries, too. Let’s ALL be able to sel giftcards and greeting cards. Who is in charge of this mess!!!

  2. Anonymous

     /  June 30, 2012

    I agree! It is a no brainer if the postal service is to remain in operation it needs to start selling any and everything that it can to generate more money. On the other hand it does need better control over it spending as well.

  3. prit7033@gmail.com

     /  June 30, 2012

    The individual states will never go along with it – retailers will balk, claiming they need them to get customers in to buy bait, gear and beer. Plus, I’ll bet it would cost more to establish nad managed than we would see in revenue.

  4. The PMG won’t go for it, he’s too busy running the USPS into the ground. He said that the USPS needs to go into new revenue streams that are “outside the box”. Fishing licenses would fit that. So would selling internet service, apps for Smartphones, and satellite tv service. But Donahoe is Issa’s boy and he won’t do anything to rock that boat. So we’ll just stick to selling Hallmark cards in the lobby, ooh that’s wiping out our losses, fer sure….

  5. Oh yeah, why aren’t we selling lottery tickets too, if Jose’s Bakery and Cervaza can do it, why not the guys in blue?

  6. Anonymous

     /  June 30, 2012

    We can’t sell a lot of that stuff because congress won’t let us. Businesses have bought them off to prevent USPS from competing with them. Unless we can get some brave politicians to go along with allowing us to sell internet service and iPads and such, we’re goin nowhere.

  7. miss angie

     /  June 30, 2012

    this is almost funny-but every year some yoohoo comes into our post office looking for duck stamps for their hunting license so why not? do we get to offer gun safety classes too? why not a thrift store, bbq, boiled p-nuts and hair braiding -ive got a 96 tbird -can i sell that in the parking lot?–sheesh-

  8. hopin to retire someday

     /  June 30, 2012

    Yes, that would be AWESOME!

  9. Anonymous

     /  June 30, 2012

    Yes, the USPS should be allowed to sell fishing licenses. If there is $30 million in revenue to be made, how many small Postmaster salaries would that cover if the average 36 hour a week office makes $30,000 per year?

  10. almost unemployed

     /  June 30, 2012

    In business, especially one that is in the red you do what you have to make it right. 30 million is 30 million! Why not do it? BUT, as we all know, our organization does not do what makes sense! I am in a small town, no Kinko’s or Staples for 50 miles. I could make goood $$ here on faxes if they would let us earn money with that!

  11. Anonymous

     /  June 30, 2012

    Absolutely, we have to sell anything and everything we can. Faxes, hunting and fishing license, rotary seals, office supplies, whatever!

  12. Anonymous

     /  June 30, 2012

    Agreed, yes we should. Each office could be like a Kinko’s.

  13. Barbara Rohde

     /  June 30, 2012

    No! No! NO!!!! My previous career (before retiring and becoming a PMR) was in Nevada State Parks. We did not, could not sell fishing licenses, because the Nevada Dept. of Wildlife “contracts” those out to sporting good stores to sell, and requires a $25,000 bond of the contractor. USPS is not equipped to interpret all the fishing regulations and questions that people have when they buy a fishing license. Let’s not even consider this, folks!!

  14. N

     /  July 1, 2012

    We sell duck stamps; why not. A 25,000 dollar bond is basically just an insurance policy. My husband was “bonded” when he was an independant contractor; easy to acquire.

  15. Anonymous

     /  July 2, 2012

    We would be lucky to get 10% of that business. The cost outlay would not be worth it.

  16. Anonymous

     /  July 3, 2012

    They should let us sell Greeting cards,make copies and Gift cards.we live 52 miles from the nearest town.let us sell .

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