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I'd miss it a lot. I want mail delivery Mon - Sat no matter what. 4 3.85%
As long as post office is opened on Sat. I don't mind no Sat delivery 18 17.31%
I don't care either way. 14 13.46%
5 day mail delivery is fine. I use other means (email, autopay, etc.) 30 28.85%
5 day mail delivery is fine with me. I mostly get junk mail and bills anyhow. 38 36.54%
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Old 04-01-2010, 06:49 AM   #41
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I'd be perfectly happy with one delivery a week.

Then I'd get all my junk mail on just one day - - easier to throw it out.

I'd be perfectly happy if they could work out a delivery schedule only on days when I check my mail.
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If the mail volume permits it, I see no reason not to go to every-other day for home delivery. Offices would still be open to sort the mail and service walk-in customers. Offices could be open alternate Saturdays as well. Labor costs could be significantly reduced.

One could have MWF or TTS delivery depending on location. Businesses could still have every day delivery.

As for cluster mailboxes, I like them. They are great way to eventually meet all your neighbors because everyone has to come out to the mailbox to pick up their mail.
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The post office has lost the concept of supply and demand.

Demand for thier service has dropped so they increase the price of a stamp ... Soooo demand drops further .... so they increase the stamp cost .....

Somebody needs to go to ECON101 before the post office goes completely out of business. I foresee UPS and FEDX buying up the post offices for a dime on the dollar.
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The post office has lost the concept of supply and demand.

Demand for thier service has dropped so they increase the price of a stamp ... Soooo demand drops further .... so they increase the stamp cost .....
Transit systems do this all the time: "Ridership is down and revenue is declining, so in the face of weaker demand we have no choice but to raise fares..."

In the real world, the answer would be either to *cut* fares to stimulate demand or to reduce the number of bus routes and bus drivers -- not raise fares and reduce demand even more...
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IMHO the US postal service does an excellent job considering the circumstances.

Their basic services and territory covered are mandated by congress. Their prices are controlled by congress and subject to significant meddling. Their labor practices are subject to civil service regulations. They nonetheless provide world class service and have excellent price performance.

I haven’t done the math, but IIRC the cost of basic postage – where they have a monopoly – has risen less than those services for which they compete, such as express mail.

Mail delivery curtailment should focus on residential, which has a lower need, and minimize the disruption for business, which pays the bulk of mailing fees and subsidizes the excellent service for the rest of us. Perhaps 3 days per week for residential and daily for business.
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I vaguely remember learning in high school that the original post office service was twice a day a real long time ago. The expression "in the morning mail" must have come from somewhere. In the '70s I certainly would have liked that as my future wife and I were corresponding nearly daily in letter form. Sundays were unbearable. I lived in the country and would wait down the long driveway for the mailman every day. It all worked out, we've been married over 33 years so far. Now I send her emails on her Blackberry.

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I vaguely remember learning in high school that the original post office service was twice a day a real long time ago. The expression "in the morning mail" must have come from somewhere. In the '70s I certainly would have liked that as my future wife and I were corresponding nearly daily in letter form. Sundays were unbearable. I lived in the country and would wait down the long driveway for the mailman every day. It all worked out, we've been married over 33 years so far. Now I send her emails on her Blackberry.

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Guess nowadays, we take email for granted. To be able to fire off a "letter" to someone out of town and get a response back sometimes in minues. Before email, used to be, drop off a letter in mailbox, don't hear back in about a week.
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You'd think that might be the case but not according to this: Delivering Movies in Slow Motion | The Big Money
Regarding Netflix, from day 1 they have been very clear that their business goal is video on demand and they see mail dvd delivery as a necessary interim business. They have pushed hard to get mailing costs down, so I suspect they probably would support reduced residential deliveries. Still, the info you link shows that it isn't cut and dry.

OTOH, credit card companies, large utilities and such that receive daily bill pays could lose money through delayed receipts.
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I vaguely remember learning in high school that the original post office service was twice a day a real long time ago. The expression "in the morning mail" must have come from somewhere.
Whaddya mean "a real long time ago"? They stopped two a day home delivery in 1950.
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Whaddya mean "a real long time ago"? They stopped two a day home delivery in 1950.
That's the definition of a real long time ago. My parents weren't even born then. Heck, wasn't tv still black and white back then?
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I wonder if the USPS would ever create an at home service charge for residential delivery?

The problem with this economy and the low volume of mail is that the carrier still has to walk the same route and go to the same houses with less revenue per mailbox.
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In the summer we put the mail "on hold" for a month at a time. Then drop in and pick it up when we're in town. Seems to me a monthly delivery would suffice with the ability to pick-up any time the PO is open.
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It doesn't matter a bit to me! They could go down to home delivery twice a week, and it wouldn't matter! I receive and pay all of my bills 'online', so I don't have to bother with the 'dead tree' versions of them. About all that we get via USPS are magazines and catalogs.....and, of course, junk!

We keep in contact with friends and family almost completely by email, Facebook, or over the phone. Most purchases that we don't make locally, are made 'online', and delivered by either UPS or FedEx....they both do a much better job (IMHO) than the USPS at package delivery!!!

When we go to FL for a few weeks every year, our neighbor tosses all of our mail in a pile on our living room chair. When we get home we sort it into 3 piles....Mags & Catalogs....enveloped 'real' mail....and junk. The biggest pile is ALWAYS junk, and goes directly (unopened) into the round file. There's usually a half dozen or so enveloped 'real' pieces of mail, and several magazines that we subscribe to (mostly hobby, cooking, or craft), and catalogs of the same type.

So I guess the USPS could actually go down to once a week and we wouldn't give a rip!
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I'd be perfectly happy with one delivery a week.

Then I'd get all my junk mail on just one day - - easier to throw it out.
Yeah, and make our delivery day Tuesdays...'cause the garbage man comes here on Wednesdays!
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I'd be happy with weekly mail delivery as long as the PO was open M-F. Now, if there was a way to opt-out of the junk mail that I receive (and never look at) that would be progress.
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Some of you may find this site to be very useful. I used to drown in catalogs. It takes a bit of time to opt out of each catalog, but it is worth the trouble.
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