Postmaster General: Mail days may need to be cut

jmminarik's picture

As discussed here before in the Post office thread...

Quote:

WASHINGTON — Massive deficits could force the post office to cut out one day of mail delivery, the postmaster general told Congress on Wednesday

http://www.comcast.net/articles/finance/20090128/Meltdown.Post.Office/

codergrrl's picture

Good. I never get any good

Good.
I never get any good mail, only bills.
Save a stamp, pay your bills through the bank online.
I didn't read the link, because I heard it this morning on the news, but the news also mentioned the price of stamps is going up again, in May.
Buy your "forever" stamps while you can.

shellibird's picture

The only problem I have with

The only problem I have with giving up Tuesdays is Monday holidays. What happens if we have a Monday holiday, and then no mail on Tuesday. That means we get no mail for 3 days. What's up with that?

Ftown66's picture

We are becoming a third

We are becoming a third world country more and more everyday.

dan's picture

Ftown66 wrote:We are

Ftown66 wrote:

We are becoming a third world country more and more everyday.

While I'd agree in many arenas, in this case I think that's not true.
I think it's more that we're becoming a country of the future.
The USPS is dying because of the immediacy of electronic communication.

I don't think that makes us a "third world country" any more than the fact that we don't have a large fleet of schooners for trade and warfare.

NEW KENZO's picture

for those of us that rely on

for those of us that rely on post office services, it does mean we will get less and force us to rely on the post office less as a result. Seems this could be the end beginning of the end if they continue. Heck, why not just open once a week and see how long the lines are then?

dan's picture

Given that written

Given that written communication is often better delivered digitally, and that parcel delivery can be accomplished by private services, the Post Office may indeed be going the way of the city department that cleans up the horse droppings.

Then again, the Post Office is pretty entrenched in our society, and it still delivers mail (and perhaps packages?) places where nobody else will. It will be interesting to see how it all pans out.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that without junk mail and periodicals, the Post Office would already be nonviable economically.

jmminarik's picture

dan wrote: Then again, the

dan wrote:

Then again, the Post Office is pretty entrenched in our society, and it still delivers mail (and perhaps packages?) places where nobody else will. It will be interesting to see how it all pans out.

They're my preferred package shipper...2-3 day priority mail is cheaper than the brown guys and Fedex. And if someone ships me a package, I can walk to the PO to get it, unlike Fedex which is now in grays ferry (though mostly efficient) and the brown trucks, which is in south philly and makes the DMV look like a place you want to visit on a daily basis.

plaidpony's picture

I'm kind of surprised that

I'm kind of surprised that their revenue is going down so much. We send a lot less letters, but way more packages with the proliferation of internet shopping. Maybe letters are more profitable? What I don't get about the article is that they said they wouldn't necessarily cut Saturday, but could pick a low volume day like Tuesday. Since most businesses are closed on the weekends, Saturday makes the most sense to me. Couldn't Tuesday become a high volume day if we didn't have delivery on Saturday? It seems they can shift the volume however they want. I personally could live without mail delivery on Saturday, but it may mean having to up my Netflix plan :)

codergrrl's picture

dan wrote: I don't think

dan wrote:

I don't think that makes us a "third world country" any more than the fact that we don't have a large fleet of schooners for trade and warfare.

Pirates!

dan's picture

codergrrl wrote:Pirates!

codergrrl wrote:

Pirates!

We do have lots of those.
Just try looking at the DVDs on sale from street vendors.

That would be a "We are becoming a third world nation" sign.

brooke's picture

This is just another "the

This is just another "the economy is bad so let's try and get ours." I'm getting sick of this stuff. Raise the price of a stamp to .50 cents and let's get it over with, people.

In other news, I had to return a package to Smart Bargains at UPS and took it to the Oregon Avenue store. I had a package to ship I sold on Ebay and thought, "Hey, I wonder how much it would be to just ship it here." It was less than I thought ($17...maybe $16 or so via USPS) and the woman was super friendly, it was super quick, I didn't have to talk to her through a plexiglass and pass through a window like I was visiting someone in jail...and she told me the day it would arrive, how to track it and emailed me confirmation right at that time.

I have to say this may be my regular method now. Soooo much better than the post office!

(THe thought of only receiving catalogs once a week is terrifying to me. I am a total catalog addict.)

netable's picture

Umm Maybe Im wrong'., but

Umm Maybe Im wrong'., but isn't the Post Office the "Only" or one of the few Government Entities' that actually works off their own Funds?

fishtownfreak's picture

I think its a bad idea

I think its a bad idea considering alot of complaints I have read on the site about long lines at the post office. It would only make it worse I would think if its one less day to ship packages out

dan's picture

netable wrote: isn't the

netable wrote:

isn't the Post Office the "Only" or one of the few Government Entities' that actually works off their own Funds?

yes, it runs off its own funds

netable's picture

dan wrote:netable wrote:

dan wrote:
netable wrote:

isn't the Post Office the "Only" or one of the few Government Entities' that actually works off their own Funds?

yes, it runs off its own funds

And yet' they get no Credit for NOT being Drains, No Bailouts for them, they use their own Money........

tudor's picture

shellibird wrote:The only

shellibird wrote:

The only problem I have with giving up Tuesdays is Monday holidays. What happens if we have a Monday holiday, and then no mail on Tuesday. That means we get no mail for 3 days. What's up with that?

Agreed. I still pay a lot of my bills by mail, and credit card companies don't give you a lot of leeway before due dates nowadays.