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Anybody else participating in the census' longitudinal study(5 posts)

Anybody else participating in the census' longitudinal studychopper
Aug 13, 2003 12:08 PM
I am. They call me every four months and ask basic questions like have I taken vacation, do I have health coverage, how many bedrooms in house, etc. You can refuse to answer questions if you wish.

The reason I ask is every time they call me they send me $40 in the mail and the person who asks the questions used to send me the money by mail. No big deal a $.37 stamp and voila, my $40.

Well, I did the survey last week and they sent me the money but now they have a new process - they fedex it from the local office! Talk about a waste of money! How much does it cost to FedEx something versus using mail? I know this is peanuts but its still shows the mentality, what a waste of money. They could at least get delivery confirmation via USPS if they needed that.
Not necessarily,TJeanloz
Aug 13, 2003 12:21 PM
Assuming they have a pretty large group of people doing this, they could be getting a decent rate from FedEx. It probably isn't $0.37, but it probably is only $1-$2 or so.
For overnight? If so, that's a good rate and surprising..nmchopper
Aug 13, 2003 12:24 PM
Yeah, volume discount, even my firm only pays ~$5 for ON (nm)TJeanloz
Aug 13, 2003 12:26 PM
they probably get a big discount (nm)ColnagoFE
Aug 13, 2003 12:36 PM