remeteau, I have no argument against SBI. They 'come up' so often only because they're probably the most popular and best-in-class that forum members use. I make the same argument anytime someone claims the live in a small box. It just ain't so. It may come back to bite you, sooner or later, and too many folks see postings like this on the web and then assume "it must be so" and then get themselves set up for a problem down the line.
I'd rather see it put in the correct perspective and context, that's all. Florida accepts it under Florida's own unique state laws, but those are of course subject to change, and contrary to residency laws in general.
Are SBI great folks? Sure. Are they in a legitimate business and doing a great service? Sure. That's got nothing to do with whether a box is a residence. My point is simply, "Caveat Emptor".
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The USPS says the difference between a PMB and a POB is simply that they and they alone, under their Congressional monopoly status, are allowed to use the term POST OFFICE box, since they and they alone are entitled to use the term POST OFFICE in any way or manner.
There's no difference between a PMB and a POB, except for the "trademark" status of the phrase "POST OFFICE". Which, to be sure, gives the buyer some extra reason to think their box is more secure or whatever. A Private Mail Box and a Post Office (mail)Box are both effectively the same thing. Whether a carrier chooses to deliver to one or another, is their own concern. Obviously, FedEx has no choice in the matter of delivering to a POB, because their competitor, the USPS, will not allow them to do so.
And that doesn't just apply to post office boxes. If you have a rural route address, and a post office approved mailbox on a post by the side of the road? Or a mail box or slot in your home? If it is USPS approved, only two entities are allowed to use it. You, and the USPS. FedEx or UPS or anyone else is not allowed to put anything
in that box. Partly for security, mainly to enforce the monopoly. If your local Chinese restaurant delivery guy starts stuffing menus in mailboxes? They can and do get prosecuted, and told to GO BUY STAMPS AND MAIL THEM. At the USPS.
The USPS has made great inroads in protecting their monopoly status. That's all that difference is about. You still can't live in a box, although you might
live in a hotel or dormitory that uses PMBs.
Now, if a mailstop were really sharp, they'd open an SRO or a dorm. And a whorehouse. Right over a casino and pub. Fine traditions, one and all, and understood by sailors round the world. And suitable as a residency, for real! When you can bunk upstairs, there's no risk of drunk driving. Just falling down on the stairs.