[The opaque world of postage discounts] As U.S. Postal Service struggles, 
Stamps.com fortunes rise


        The boom in Internet retailing has provided a rare bit of good
        news to the beleaguered U.S. Postal Service, which is
        delivering packages at a historic pace -- and reaping revenue
        that helps offset billions of dollars of losses elsewhere in
        the agency's budget.  But the Postal Service isn't the only
        one making money when a mail carrier brings a new pair of
        shoes or a school backpack to your door.  Private companies
        compete fiercely to sell postage, prepare labels and help
        retailers find the best deals for shipping their products. And
        several of them argue that a single company, Stamps.com, is
        getting unusually good deals from the Postal Service, allowing
        it to undercut the prices of rivals and reap profits that
        should be going to the government.

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