February 6th, 2001

The Postal Service is Going Right Along with the Trend of Putting Ads on Everything in Sight

By Stuart Elliott
The New York Times

The United States Postal Service is accelerating plans to offer marketers advertising space to peddle private goods and services in places where paid pitches had never appeared until last year, including on the sides of mail trucks and collection boxes, in post office lobbies and on the service’s Web site.

"The Postal Service should stick to its mission of delivering the mail and not help corporate hucksters sell their products," said Gary Ruskin, director of Commercial Alert in Washington, an organization that fights what its members consider examples of "ad creep" like the Postal Ad Network plans. "Some things ought not to be for sale," he added, "and government institutions are one of them."

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