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Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery in bid to cut costs

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  1. Feb 6, 2013 #1 of 114
    fluffybear

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    From Fox News:

     
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    trdrjeff

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    dpeters11

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    What's interesting is that in the past they said they needed Congressional approval to do it, which hasn't happened. Maybe they thought they can do a partial stopping of service like this without Congress.
     
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    fluffybear

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    Given a choice, I PERSONALLY would have preferred they would have chosen to cease delivery on Monday.
     
  5. Feb 6, 2013 #5 of 114
    RunnerFL

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    No more junk mail on Saturday? Say it isn't so... :lol:

    Not a big loss really... Since I pay all my bills online and handle any correspondence online it doesn't matter to me. They could stop 1st Class Delivery on all days as far as I care.
     
  6. Feb 6, 2013 #6 of 114
    trdrjeff

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    Agreed, would be superior to two consecutive days without service, but would probably be more of a scheduling issue.
     
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    RunnerFL

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    They'd never do that. Monday is where all their holidays fall. They would be shooting themselves in the foot to make Monday a permanent non-delivery day.
     
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    raott

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    Monday is a business day. It would a be a nightmare for businesses.
     
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    Uhh, Saturday/Sunday or Sunday/Monday is still two consecutive days.

    I think Wednesday would be a better day to drop.

    Stopping Saturday and Wednesday residential deliveries would be OK with me too. Business deliveries only on Wednesday.
     
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    Doesn't bother me whatsoever. They are losing money and need to cut costs. This will help, but they really need to cut the number of locations.

    Near me I have 3 Post Offices within 5 miles. Only one of these is even remotely walkable by local residents. So if you are already in your car, just drive the few extra miles.

    One of the three is a small location in a strip mall. All it has is some PO Boxes and it does not have any carriers based there. Less than a mile away is a bigger office with the carriers. The small stays open since it "Makes Money". Sure it does, you have one employee and box revenue.

    Several years ago an arsonist set fire to my parent's post office. This one is in a small unincorporated town about 3 miles from a larger town. The PO burned to the ground. They rebuilt it. They should have just saved some money and upgraded the one 3 miles away and been done.

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  11. Feb 6, 2013 #11 of 114
    Stuart Sweet

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    Totally agree with the idea that this hurts Netflix. I wonder what percentage of the USPS's volume is those red envelopes. But all in all I'll live with one less delivery day.

    I also would agree with an increase in stamp prices to $1.00 or more, as long as there is a special rate for greeting cards.
     
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    I too wonder how they can do anything without congressional approval.

    I would not miss Saturday delivery for either home or business. Doesn't make sense to me to still allow some services on Saturday though. Why not treat it like Sunday?

    They just raised the first class rate a penny to 46 cents. That was silly, doesn't make a dent in the problem. They should have raised it more.
     
  13. Feb 6, 2013 #13 of 114
    Chris Blount

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    From what I heard packages will still be delivered on Saturday. Just not regular mail.
     
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    that is what I heard too, packages will still be 6 days a week. To me cutting Saturdays for regular mail makes sense, most businesses are closed so the mail sits anyway and most personal mail anymore is junk mail so waiting until Monday to trash it is not an issue. I know in my case 90% of my mail is junk, 9% is publications I subscribe to and maybe 1% is traditional first class mail.
     
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    Christopher Gould

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    So now it won't be possible to get 2 netflix movies a week. I'd put it in the mail Monday they'd receive it and send one out Tuesday. I receive it Wednesday. Mail it back Thursday and then receive another Saturday.
     
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    trdrjeff

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    :grin: I need to stop posting before coffee :lol:
     
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    I am struggling to come up with a reason to care. So far I am failing.....
     
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    Good point.
     
  19. Feb 6, 2013 #19 of 114
    RunnerFL

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    Is Netflix sent First Class? It's been a while since I was streaming only so I can't remember. If Netflix doesn't send First Class then it's not an issue.
     
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    Been wondering when it will occur. Next I'll wonder when more days will get deleted...
    I feel sorry for the lettercarriers - we have a friend who is one....
     

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