I suspect that it was because the arrival of rail-roads upended the old logistics systems and the state post office was caught flat footed. State run systems are often slow to react to changes.
Because for that to happen, A LOT of pain would first have to happen, and people don't like pain. It's much like the argument of letting the market totally crash and quickly rebound in 2008, versus supporting it but having it linger for years. Like with the market, I guess people prefer slow and dull pain of slow steady growth to sharp and extreme pain of wild swings (even if the end result of the sharp swing gets you way higher than the slow and dull). I guess in some way it also has a lot to do with the majority's risk aversion, something so genetically ingrained that it can't really be "fixed"
It's amazing to see the contrast of responses between rational minds and conspiracy theorists.
Would I be disclosing my lack of sanity by admitting I don't know which one you are reffering to as "conspiracy theorist?"
Or would I be pointing out a lack of yours because neither of these two are particularly conspiratorial?
Fyi, my post was pretty focused on just answering the very last question. Maybe I should've made that more clear.