No More Saturday Mail Delivery

  • Webster666

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    Feb 07, 2013 5:19 AM GMT
    As of August 1, 2013, the U.S. Postal Service will no longer deliver regular mail, on Saturdays. They claim that it will save $2 billion per year. What do you think about this ?
  • TheBizMan

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    Feb 07, 2013 5:39 AM GMT
    It was bound to happen.
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    Feb 07, 2013 6:08 AM GMT
    lol, we haven't had Saturday mail for as long as I can remember, except for Christmas. I'll be 58 soon.
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    Feb 07, 2013 6:23 AM GMT
    yourname2000 saidSeriously....you're not going to miss this at all.

    Think about how your mail has changed over the last 10 years....do you even get birthday cards, christmas cards, etc anymore?? ---All my "important" stuff comes by email. Most (90%) of the physical mail I get these days is bills or advertising.....I'd be happy to wait another day for any of it. icon_rolleyes.gif


    LOL!!

    You know, I often wonder why everyone gets feminine hygiene samples etc in the mail yet never ever ever have I seen condom samples. What, do they think every single household has a woman in it? O.o


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    Feb 07, 2013 7:07 AM GMT
    I usually don't even check the mailbox until monday. And if they drive up to the house to drop off a package, it pisses me off because people aren't supposed to send work to me on saturday.

    Also, I may be naked.
  • kew1

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    Feb 07, 2013 10:51 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidI usually don't even check the mailbox until monday. And if they drive up to the house to drop off a package, it pisses me off because people aren't supposed to send work to me on saturday.

    Also, I may be naked.


    That's probably why they drop off packages icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 07, 2013 12:19 PM GMT
    Too little too late. I don't think there is much use for the postal service anymore. Personally I don't get anything important via mail ever. It's about time the government pulled the plug on this wasteful service.
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    Feb 07, 2013 9:43 PM GMT
    Not surprised, but I think Congress still has to sign off on this. And you can't place the blame entirley on the USPS, they have been pleading with Congress with years to loosen the restrictions that Congress placed on them. But we have a government that only seems to try to respond to crises and doesn't do anything to avert them.
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    Feb 08, 2013 2:00 AM GMT
    kew1 said
    mindgarden saidI usually don't even check the mailbox until monday. And if they drive up to the house to drop off a package, it pisses me off because people aren't supposed to send work to me on saturday.

    Also, I may be naked.


    That's probably why they drop off packages icon_smile.gif


    You know, once seen never unseen.
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    Feb 08, 2013 2:05 AM GMT
    tru_blu_aussie said
    kew1 said
    mindgarden saidI usually don't even check the mailbox until monday. And if they drive up to the house to drop off a package, it pisses me off because people aren't supposed to send work to me on saturday.

    Also, I may be naked.


    That's probably why they drop off packages icon_smile.gif


    You know, once seen never unseen.
    This must be why you have no shirtless or nude pics...because you're nice enough to spare the RJ community of the visual trauma that would result.
  • Webster666

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    Feb 08, 2013 3:25 AM GMT
    The Post Office believes that they're getting around Congressional restrictions. But, Congress still has the last word. I think it's around the end of March, when Congress will decide if they will allow the Post Office to do this.

    I worked there for a long time. Postal management ALWAYS made counterproductive decisions. If they were going to cancel delivery on one day of the week, it should be Thursday. That way, they'd have Friday and Saturday to get caught up.

    Monday already has a heavy volume of mail. If there's no delivery on Saturday, after a Monday holiday, there would be FOUR days of mail backed up.

    And, I'm wondering what they're going to do with all those extra people. As it is now, each regular letter carrier works 5 days a week, and a substitute delivers his route on the 6th day, when the regular guy is off. Now, they won't need any of those substitutes.

    My prediction is that Congress will nix the no Saturday delivery idea.

    I would be perfectly happy if I got mail just ONE day a week.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Feb 08, 2013 9:14 AM GMT
    smartmoney saidToo little too late. I don't think there is much use for the postal service anymore. Personally I don't get anything important via mail ever. It's about time the government pulled the plug on this wasteful service.


    Many businesses rely on USPS, including my own. Just because you don't use it doesn't mean no one does.
  • Laurence

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    Feb 08, 2013 12:33 PM GMT
    People email and stuff now, so there's little need to send anything urgently by post.

    If you do, you'll probably use a courier service, as it's guaranteed.

    We have Saturday post here in the UK. But I can't see why, as the service is fairly rubbish anyway and if they missed another day a week, it wouldn't really matter.

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    Feb 08, 2013 12:41 PM GMT
    smartmoney saidToo little too late. I don't think there is much use for the postal service anymore. Personally I don't get anything important via mail ever. It's about time the government pulled the plug on this wasteful service.


    People still ship stuff, you know. I sold all my nursing school books on amazon, how would I ship them if it weren't because of this "wasteful" service? FedEx and UPS would've been too expensive. People still receive physical items through the mail you know. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 08, 2013 1:29 PM GMT
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    smartmoney saidToo little too late. I don't think there is much use for the postal service anymore. Personally I don't get anything important via mail ever. It's about time the government pulled the plug on this wasteful service.


    People still ship stuff, you know. I sold all my nursing school books on amazon, how would I ship them if it weren't because of this "wasteful" service? FedEx and UPS would've been too expensive. People still receive physical items through the mail you know. icon_rolleyes.gif

    You would ship them through FedEx or UPS silly. Why ask taxpayers to support you? USPS in a few years will serve no purpose at all. With a government deeply in debt, this is the sort of deep cut that needs to be made. Technology has made standard daily mail silly and useless.
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    Feb 08, 2013 1:46 PM GMT
    smartmoney said
    Kai808 said
    smartmoney saidToo little too late. I don't think there is much use for the postal service anymore. Personally I don't get anything important via mail ever. It's about time the government pulled the plug on this wasteful service.


    People still ship stuff, you know. I sold all my nursing school books on amazon, how would I ship them if it weren't because of this "wasteful" service? FedEx and UPS would've been too expensive. People still receive physical items through the mail you know. icon_rolleyes.gif

    You would ship them through FedEx or UPS silly. Why ask taxpayers to support you? USPS in a few years will serve no purpose at all. With a government deeply in debt, this is the sort of deep cut that needs to be made. Technology has made standard daily mail silly and useless.


    But USPS is waaaaay cheaper!!

    And you know that USPS is constitutionally mandated, right?
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    Feb 08, 2013 6:59 PM GMT
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    tru_blu_aussie said
    kew1 said
    mindgarden saidI usually don't even check the mailbox until monday. And if they drive up to the house to drop off a package, it pisses me off because people aren't supposed to send work to me on saturday.

    Also, I may be naked.


    That's probably why they drop off packages icon_smile.gif


    You know, once seen never unseen.
    This must be why you have no shirtless or nude pics...because you're nice enough to spare the RJ community of the visual trauma that would result.


    Why thank you; sadly you have not shown us the same consideration mate.icon_wink.gif
  • Webster666

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    Feb 08, 2013 9:42 PM GMT
    smartmoney said
    Kai808 said
    smartmoney saidToo little too late. I don't think there is much use for the postal service anymore. Personally I don't get anything important via mail ever. It's about time the government pulled the plug on this wasteful service.


    People still ship stuff, you know. I sold all my nursing school books on amazon, how would I ship them if it weren't because of this "wasteful" service? FedEx and UPS would've been too expensive. People still receive physical items through the mail you know. icon_rolleyes.gif

    You would ship them through FedEx or UPS silly. Why ask taxpayers to support you? USPS in a few years will serve no purpose at all. With a government deeply in debt, this is the sort of deep cut that needs to be made. Technology has made standard daily mail silly and useless.



    Your opinion is probably correct, but good luck getting Congress to agree with you. They're still thinking about Grandma, living out in the boonies, with no computer.
  • Webster666

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    Feb 08, 2013 9:44 PM GMT
    BTW, if the USPS raised first class postage rates by 2 cents, they would bring in about $2 billion (the same amount they claim that they'll save by ending Saturday delivery).
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    Feb 08, 2013 9:48 PM GMT
    TigerTim said
    smartmoney said
    Kai808 said
    smartmoney saidToo little too late. I don't think there is much use for the postal service anymore. Personally I don't get anything important via mail ever. It's about time the government pulled the plug on this wasteful service.


    People still ship stuff, you know. I sold all my nursing school books on amazon, how would I ship them if it weren't because of this "wasteful" service? FedEx and UPS would've been too expensive. People still receive physical items through the mail you know. icon_rolleyes.gif

    You would ship them through FedEx or UPS silly. Why ask taxpayers to support you? USPS in a few years will serve no purpose at all. With a government deeply in debt, this is the sort of deep cut that needs to be made. Technology has made standard daily mail silly and useless.


    But USPS is waaaaay cheaper!!

    And you know that USPS is constitutionally mandated, right?


    Apparently "smart"money didn't read the part where I said FedEx or ups would've been too expensive...silly. Gotta love people who think they know everything.
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    Feb 09, 2013 4:34 PM GMT
    Growing up being raised by my grandparents, I learned a lot about what transpired in 'other times' before I was born. I understand mail in the U.S. was delivered twice a day for many years. The P.O. began delivering only once per day and people learned to deal with it. We'll deal with the lack of Saturday deliveries, and we'll be fine with it. My dog will miss not having mail come through the slot on Saturdays..........one less thing to bark about.
  • rnch

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    Feb 09, 2013 4:37 PM GMT
    Webster666 saidThe Post Office believes that they're getting around Congressional restrictions. But, Congress still has the last word. I think it's around the end of March, when Congress will decide if they will allow the Post Office to do this.

    I worked there for a long time. Postal management ALWAYS made counterproductive decisions. If they were going to cancel delivery on one day of the week, it should be Thursday. That way, they'd have Friday and Saturday to get caught up.

    Monday already has a heavy volume of mail. If there's no delivery on Saturday, after a Monday holiday, there would be FOUR days of mail backed up.

    And, I'm wondering what they're going to do with all those extra people. As it is now, each regular letter carrier works 5 days a week, and a substitute delivers his route on the 6th day, when the regular guy is off. Now, they won't need any of those substitutes.

    My prediction is that Congress will nix the no Saturday delivery idea.

    I would be perfectly happy if I got mail just ONE day a week.







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  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 09, 2013 5:22 PM GMT
    The USPS is definitely not a wasteful, outdated service. Many people and businesses still depend on the postal service for the distribution of information and products. I still pay my bills by sending them through the mail. I don't trust on line methods or this concept of debiting your bank account to pay bills and other obligations. If saturday delivery does become a thing of the past, I am sure that everyone will try to make the necessary adjustments. It won't be the end of the world that is for sure.