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Old 05-16-2016, 06:43 PM   #41
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Why in the world would I want to close myself off from the most comprehensive system for sending and receiving communications, packages,etc. in this country?
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Old 05-16-2016, 08:13 PM   #42
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My younger sister hand writes a letter to me once or twice per year updating family stuff. It's pretty nice getting a several page letter every now and then.

Otherwise, I wouldn't miss the post office as long as Fed Ex or UPS could fill in and deliver the credit cards, packages, etc. We use Bank bill pay for almost all our periodic bills. In a pinch, utilities could be paid at the Customer Service desk at the grocery store. You would be surprised as to how many folks use that payment method.
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Old 05-17-2016, 03:44 AM   #43
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There are ways to reduce the junk mail. You can opt out of prescreened credit card offers and insurance offers for 5 years or permanently. You can also get on a do not mail list for a lot of the marketing junk mail. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/article...alls-and-email
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This thread reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Kramer asks the PO to stop delivering him the mail. And this was around 1997-98 when all the e-commerce was not as widely used as it is today.


I was able to stop two frequent sources of junk mail - endless letters from Verizon and Optimum (local cable TV provider) wanting me to upgrade to their overpriced, bundled, premium services. I had to call each outfit but it did work so the amount of junk mail has declined. Now I gotta get Geico and Amex to stop it. I hope I won't have to buy another paper shredder for a while, I have gone through 2 or 3 over the years.
I'm on the opposite end and recently just got a shredder to safely clean out about 30 years of paper in various folders. I got an Amazon Basics shredder that I really like as it a hungry one and handles up to 12 pages at a time. I've procrastinated though about shredding all my old pay stubs (I've saved every one including my very first paycheck). I'll probably shred them too as they serve no purpose except for nostalgia. Yet, haven't pulled the trigger yet.
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For me, other than the odd "official notice" that I actually need...
A couple of years ago, I decided I would stop USPS delivery all together -- a response to their 30-day limit on "Hold" mail.

I was, in fact, able (within a couple weeks) to divert most to some other means (e.g., electronic). This was all of the magazines (except one, which I cancelled) and monthly bills (utilities, credit cards, etc.). What I never was able to do was convert things like tax notices, jury duty demands, and such. As such, I was unable to stop mail delivery completely. Nevertheless, I now only get about 2-3 pieces a day of unwanted stuff and I can live with that.

On the other hand, this, actually, worked out pretty well because in the meantime Amazon has switched to the USPS as their primary carrier. I can now get 2-day delivery that recognizes Saturdays and Sunday as valid delivery days. I do like that.
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That's how I get my credit cards.
A year or so ago, one of our cards was used fraudulently (Citi or Capital One, I forget which). They sent a replacement card overnight via FedEx or UPS (I forget which). You don't NEED USPS for this purpose.
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A year or so ago, one of our cards was used fraudulently (Citi or Capital One, I forget which). They sent a replacement card overnight via FedEx or UPS (I forget which). You don't NEED USPS for this purpose.
This happened to me two weeks ago. Citibank used FedEx priority overnight delivery by Noon.

Nobody in my neighborhood puts important outgoing mail in their boxes anymore. Kids were taking it. I would be okay with twice a week route delivery.
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A year or so ago, one of our cards was used fraudulently (Citi or Capital One, I forget which). They sent a replacement card overnight via FedEx or UPS (I forget which). You don't NEED USPS for this purpose.
That's replacement card. Will they do the same for a new or renewal card?
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When was the last time anyone here wrote, or received, a "proper" letter?
My signature is still good but the rest of my handwriting had deteriorated badly. Now I know why FIL used to print. Even his printing was deteriorating.
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And receiving mail is free too!!!!!
Put a user fee on receiving mail and watch the USPS deficit go away quickly. I think this is the only way they will gain financial control!
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I would be okay with twice a week route delivery.
Yes twice a week should suffice for personal deliveries. Just need to develop an organized way to get rid of junk mail. They accept it now to defray costs, but a user delivery fee would do that more effectively.
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That's replacement card. Will they do the same for a new or renewal card?
Amex does and there isn't any additional charge. USAA does (or did) as well, but they charged to send it that way.

I would love to see the option to select every other day or maybe even once a week delivery. Once a week would be great for me...I would even pay a small fee to arrange this. Every other entity is going with a subscription model, so perhaps the USPS should consider that (for optional delivery periods).

Here's something about how Americans feel when they get different types of mail:

http://www.marketingcharts.com/tradi...-mail-apr2015/
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