questionsdid you know that the us postal service will stop…

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Oh well, I guess if they want to have to do the same amount of work but in a shorter time-span then more power to them. Personally, I'm not too thrilled about it and I'm going to have to time my future Amazon purchases accordingly.

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Seems like it would make more sense to not delivery on Wednesday. That way, you don't have 2 days back-to-back where the mail doesn't move.

Plus, most folks work M-F, so Saturday was the only day they could do stuff at the Post Office.

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It does not really matter if they do not deliver on Saturdays, as long as they stay in business.
What @zuiquan: !?! Last thing I ordered on Amazon, and picked by Amazon, the estimated time of arrival was 10 days out.

@bsmith1: That would be bad for businesses.

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@zuiquan: According to the article, they are only stopping mail delivery on Saturday, they will still deliver packages.

@bsmith1 The article says that Post Offices that were open on Saturday before will still be open on Saturday, so no problem for the M-F people.

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@bsmith1: That would be logical and makes a lot of sense. So of course it wouldn't even be considered by a government entity.

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@caffeine_dude: There's no danger of the US Postal Service going out of business, they are constitutionally mandated. There's no limit to how much the taxpayer would be forced to bail them out unless the constitution gets amended.

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Seems like my carrier never delivers to me on Saturday, he must have got the memo a long time ago. I can wait an extra two days to get unsolicited mail anyways.

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I would be thrilled if my mail persons would deliver my mail to me and my neighbor's mail to him. I often receive mail that belongs to individuals several streets away--our names are not even remotely similar, so I can only assume this is happening to others in my neighborhood.
Last time an incorrect delivery happened, I took the mail straight to the correct address and thanked my lucky stars that IRS mail wasn't for me this time.
This is a primary reason I choose not to take advantage of any prescriptions by mail services. I just can't trust the oops-better-luck-next-time attitude.
The only way the USPS is going to survive is to completely revamp their business plan. They need to get back to the business of delivering letters and packages in a timely manner, quit the advertising, coffee mugs, totes, plastic Cookies & Milk for Santa cups & plates, and all the other assorted BS that is driving costs up and work on quality & customer service. Quit selling crap!

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I'd be fine if they cut mail delivery down to one day a week, so I only have to deal with junk mail once.

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@kainis: Tax payers have not bailed out the USPS. USPS would still be solvent if it wasn't for the House, go talk to them.

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I guess the time for this move has come but yes, I do care - tremendously.

It's not only the end of an era but it's potentially quite disruptive even if just for the short-term. The postal service is a great American institution. Contrary to the complaints I hear from others, I find USPS be quite efficient with delivering my mail on time. I'll be sad to see it go but I expect it'll get folded into UPS, FedEx or some kind of package delivery consortium somehow.

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I had no idea people were so passionate about the postal service!

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It will be an inconvenience to me. I have a little side business making jewelry for sale. I buy most of the components on EBay, often one pendant or bead strand each from dozens of vendors, so I get a steady stream of little parcels delivered to me. The most valuable deliveries for me are on Friday and Saturday, when I am able to immediately get to work using them. Now things that would have been delivered on Saturday and created into jewelry on Saturday or Sunday will not be delivered till Monday and have to wait for the next weekend. On average, 1/6th of the items I mail order will experience a 1 week delay in use due to loss of Saturday delivery. On a lesser note, Saturday is when I get to see my mail people, and I like to get to know them, and introduce my dog to them. I get along so well with my old mailman that even though he has been assigned to a different area he comes by to chat and once brought me a package that my assigned mail carrier had left behind in the office.

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It won't make much of a difference here. My mail carrier didn't deliver here on Wednesdays for months straight. I don't know what he was doing, but he wasn't coming to my house. May as well make it Saturday as well.

Ok, on a less snarky note; I don't mind seeing them trim Saturday delivery at all. It's ok that someone gets an entire weekend off.

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@sheetz: "The article says that Post Offices that were open on Saturday before will still be open on Saturday, so no problem for the M-F people."

Which is cool when they're closing local branches right and left here.
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Congress (in their infinite wisdom) chose to force the USPS (one of the BEST things about the U.S.) to "prefund" it's retirement plan. NO OTHER business is forced to do so....this was just a ploy to put it out of business so it can be PRIVATIZED! By the way NONE of you tax dollars fund the United States Postal Service. It is self funding....but because it is a non-profit public entitity...it MUST be destroyed....like everything else that made America great! It is just sick....

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It's no secret that the Postal Service has been losing money since 2007. What are not well known are the financial demands of the Postal Reform Act of 2006 -- demands not faced by the private sector. Though the USPS is self-supporting, its finances are tied to the federal budget because postal employees participate in federal retirement plans. In 2006, Congress required that the USPS prefund 80 percent of future postal retiree health benefits. This will cost more than $5 billion a year through 2016. No other federal agency or private company carries such a heavy burden.

Without the prefunding requirement, the Postal Service would have been better able to weather the recent recession. In 2008, prefunding contributed to a loss of $2.8 billion. Without it, we would have been $2.8 billion in the black.

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and by the way....NO other country has a Postal Service like the U.S.P.S. It is one of the EXCEPTIONS that make us great!

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The article in the Washington Post says this is a PROPOSAL but they cannot stop Saturday letter delivery without approval by Congress.

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Radio news was reporting this morning that Saturday mail delivery will end in August.

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@kainis: I hope so because 'Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended' is also in the Constitution, and that section was not amended but we see the Patriot Act nulls that sentence.
My FexEx Smartpost is delivered by the post office.

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The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, "unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it." That is what they used to do that....

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Original link...Fox News...take with grain of salt.

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another reason to put "the strangle" on the U.S. Postal Service.....could it be because it has strong Union membership? Do you really think it was to "prefund retiree's healthcare for 75 yrs into the future". This was done BY the lame duck Republican Congress in 2006 BEFORE Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the House.

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I'm gonna agree with @phillystyle. I really enjoy USPS in my neighborhood. I get my mail every day, and sent mail is almost always delivered in under 3 days time. It's usually the cheapest for sending things, and my local post office has one of those package kiosks, so I can go at 2 AM to send stuff. I don't want privatized carriers to be our only option...

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privatize it. i don't mind brown shorts delivering junk mail. all the mail carriers can go work for a private mail delivery services. competitions brings better services. usps is no different then dmv or any other gov agency. when there is no competition, go stand in line is the theme.

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@jamesbottomtooth: Baloney...the USPS is the BEST delivery service IN THE WORLD! Ask anyone who has ever lived elsewhere. BTW...the USPS delivers EVERYWHERE....the "brown suits" don't just like BroadBand wireless in this country is lagging behind the rest of the world. There are lots of places that STILL cannot get service even though it is created by PRIVATE industry....and that is because there is no PROFIT in it for them. Private does NOT always mean better....you have been programmed to believe that BECAUSE it suits their purposes!

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Of course it is having trouble it is having to PREFUND its healthcare for retireees for 75 YEARS in ADVANCE! No other industry PERIOD has been tasked with doing that. It was done sneakily to destroy it. But yes lets just keep destroying ALL the things that made this country great!

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and GUESS who's lobby's supported that hmmmm???

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want to know who else besides UPS and FEDEX is happy about this...

The U.S. Postal Service's planned shift to five days of home delivery a week instead of six may even make Netflix Inc. slightly more profitable by lowering the costs for sending out its familiar red envelopes with DVDs.
That's because subscribers may be able to watch fewer DVDs for the "same monthly price".

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@webgenie: I think Netflix would have hoped for cutting out Tues, Wed, or Thurs but not a weekend day. lol Not only a weekend day but a) "movie night" and b) movie night where now you have to wait two more days to get your next disc in the mail. Now, Netflix may smile if it helps push more people toward streaming but anybody still receiving DVD's probably likes it that way and/or likes newer/more popular material than you can usual stream there.

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@jamesbottomtooth: I generally find the lines at UPS to be much longet than the line at the post office. I can't speak for FEDEX as they are so inaccessible I have never been to their office and have never shipped anything through them (although I have received deliveries from them). As to competitiveness, have you priced the cost of mailing a birthday card to grandma using UPS? suspect it would be more than fifty cents. Are they going to come to your house or your office and pick it up for that price? I'll keep my neighborhood post office and you can keep the perfectly nice guys in the brown shorts.

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I think it's long overdue. There's not much in the mail that can't wait until Monday. And to stay in the black, they're going to have to get creative about the services they offer. With more and more stuff moving online, they don't have the revenue flow that they used to.

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@thunderthighs: They are ONLY in the red Thighs BECAUSE they were forced to "prefund" thier healthcare of retirees for 75 years into the future...within 10 yrs! Otherwise they would have a 1.5 Billion dollar surplus right now!

There is NO other business with that requirement. This is to Union bust and destroy the USPS nothing more!

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the U.S.P.S ...is the envy of the world...hands down! It should not be destroyed by the death of a thousand cuts....because Fedex and UPS want to charge you $10 to send Grandmom a birthday card (BTW they highly donated to Republicans).

The U.S.P.S. is a jewel in this country.....we should be OUTRAGED that they want to do this to US!!!

Prefund 75 yrs of healthcare indeed....patooey!

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@phillystyle: That's because subscribers may be able to watch fewer DVDs for the "same monthly price".

Pretty simple really...

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I think it makes smart business sense. Really, what kind of mail do you usually get on a Saturday anyway.... I can't tell you the last time I got something important in the mail on a Saturday.

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I image they decided to do this to save on fuel costs. I hope the mail carriers are happy that they get the whole weekend off now.

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@webgenie: True. I got what you meant.

But I was also considering that gap in customer satisfaction of people who want to watch a movie that is on DVD but not available for streaming but miss the window on Friday and now won't receive it until Monday. I'm pretty confident Netflix is not too enthused about that. It'll also weaken their negotiating position with the content providers because it obviously puts MORE pressure on Netflix to cough up for the streaming rights.

Pretty nuanced really...