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Topic: no more mail delivery on Saturday - starting in August

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Subject: no more mail delivery on Saturday - starting in August
Date Posted: 2/6/2013 4:54 PM ET
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Postal Service bids farewell to mail delivery on Saturdays

"The postal service said on Wednesday it will continue to deliver packages, mail-order medicine, and express mail on Saturday, but not letters, bills, cards, and catalogs. Post offices which are now open on Saturdays will continue to be open on Saturdays."

Last Edited on: 2/6/13 4:57 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/12/2013 8:33 PM ET
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"The postal service said on Wednesday it will continue to deliver packages..."

I guess we'll find out more details as the August 1st deadline approaches... But, I have to wonder just what the USPS definition of "packages" will turn out to be? Do books paper-wrapped using PBS 'labels' and sent via Media Mail count? What about books placed in padded envelopes? Will it only be value-added parcels like Priority and Express?

Date Posted: 2/13/2013 12:56 AM ET
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I got the impression it would be all parcels of all classes, just not first class letter, magazines, etc. Not sure about First Class large envelopes. 

Date Posted: 2/14/2013 7:40 AM ET
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it will be anything mailed at a package rate. If it's a "package" it now gets a tracking barcode. All of those will still be delivered/attempted on Saturdays, as will Express mail and I would assume Priority Mail envelopes (since they have the tracking barcodes too)

Date Posted: 2/18/2013 6:42 PM ET
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The Saturday closing is not a decision set in stone, it's the wish of a postmaster who is throwing his weight around.  I would be very surprised if the post office is ever reduced to a 5 day delivery service.