As our new magazine, AUTOCULT, is beginning to really take off, we thought it’d be a good idea to take a minute and explain a few things about how it actually gets to you (along with all the other neat stuff we’ll be rolling out).

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is something you probably don’t think about too much –– it’s there when you need to drop a letter or send a box or whatever. But, if your business depends on the USPS, it’s a different story. And if you’re a small, independent magazine publisher, the US Mail is probably one of your biggest enemies.

See, it’s too expensive to use a reliable service like UPS or FedEx for mailing, so the USPS is a necessary evil. But, it’s also one of the most unreliable, noncommittal, irresponsible black holes of shipping and continues to get worse. The US Mail has literally lost well over a thousand copies of our magazines and packages over the years, with no make-good. And, to top it off this very morning, the USPS has announced that it’s going to shutter about half of its hubs and mail will take even longer to be delivered. Wonderful news, that.

Now, you might never have a problem with the US Mail where you live. But, here in San Francisco, the USPS is probably one of the worst-run businesses we’ve ever had the displeasure of working with, so problems with delivery of your order would start here and there’s a good chance your package never made it further than Oakland before it disappeared.

So, bear with us and drop us a note directly at: if you’re having any problems or you think you might be waiting too long for your package from us to arrive. If it was up to us, we’d build Barris’ Mail Truck and personally deliver every package to every one of you, ourselves…

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