Sending A Letter, With TRACKING, To The U.K. Via The US Postal Service Is Pretty Damn Expensive.
The keyword here is ‘tracking‘. If I didn’t want tracking I could have sent it ‘First-Class Mail International‘ which would have been much cheaper. But, you can’t get tracking with ‘First-Class Mail International’. You can send it registered but that costs about two arms and a leg.
So, ‘Priority Mail — Flat Rate Envelope‘ was my best option — but, it costs $35.65.
Damn, stupid letter to my corporate pension provider — JUST to confirm my address! They sent me this form, with my address, and I have to CONFIRM that address, have it essentially ‘notarized’ and send it back. IF they don’t get it, they STOP paying my pension! That is what got my attention. My UK corporate pension isn’t much in that I was only there, working, for 4-months over 10-years. But, it pays for my wine. So, I would be beside myself without it.
So, now you can see why I wanted tracking and was willing to pay that exorbitant price. SMILE.
Pension companies are as bad as the dreaded ‘Tax Man’. They always have you by the short and curlies.