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Subject: no more mail delivery on Saturday - starting in August
Date Posted: 2/6/2013 4:55 PM ET
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Postal Service Bids Farewell to Saturday Deliveries

"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."

Personally, I do not have a problem with this.



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Date Posted: 2/6/2013 8:17 PM ET
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I didn't think that would actually ever happen, but they've been talking about it for a while.

Date Posted: 2/6/2013 9:51 PM ET
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I like getting mail on Saturday.

If they want to save money, I think they should stop door-to-door delivery in dense neighborhoods, and instead use those community mail boxes to deliver mail to neighborhoods. (I admit, I wasn't crazy about it at first, when we had them in my neighborhood, but now I like them, plus they can deliver mail much more quickly and efficiently.)

Date Posted: 2/6/2013 9:56 PM ET
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It sounds as if some senators will be objecting to the change, so it may not be a done deal yet.

Date Posted: 2/6/2013 10:54 PM ET
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I'd much rather miss mail delivery on a day or 2 or 3 to still be able to get my mail delivered to my house. 

Date Posted: 2/7/2013 2:55 AM ET
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I lived in a tiny town with no street delivery, and I now live in a place where my mailbox is in the middle of a parking lot in a state park, so I choose to only use the PO Box. I'm not sure how USPS decides who gets street delivery and who doesn't, but if the government isn't going to fund it, we should probably stop assuming that getting any mail delivered to our doorstep is a right that we have as Americans. 

Date Posted: 2/7/2013 7:18 AM ET
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Growing up, we lived 7 miles outside of a tiny town and there no mail delivery.  We went into the post office once a week.  We lived. 

It reminds me of when you used to order from a catalog and they told you it could take a month to get your order.  Sometimes it did.  Now people are upset if they don't have it within a week. 

We've become an instant gratification society.

Date Posted: 2/7/2013 9:08 AM ET
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The biggest impact for us (and others, I suspect) will be Netflix.  Now, we can get a DVD on Friday and mail it back on Saturday just by leaving it to be picked up when the mail is delivered.  The new scheme means either getting to a blue box before the Satuday pick-up or waiting until Monday.

Date Posted: 2/7/2013 9:14 AM ET
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Now people are upset if they don't have it within a week.

Yes, as they say, overnight mail is for people who don't want it to get there quickly. It all depends on your perspective. I'm sure businesses would hate to see mail delivery cut even more, but I could live with three-days-a-week delivery. And when I was in Viet Nam, or elsewhere overseas, if I received one letter a week I was ecstatic!



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Date Posted: 2/7/2013 12:13 PM ET
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This is giong to be hard on people who can't drive and depend on the mail.  There's  already no mail on Sundays (yes, there used to be); people will be without mail for 2 days in a row.   If they want to save money, wouldn't they save more by eliminating Wed or Thu mail?

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Date Posted: 2/7/2013 1:54 PM ET
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I'm with Alice, I would much rather see a weekday go than not have mail 2 days in a row. I would much rather see them fix the pension system and the stupid laws that are causing the p.o. to go broke rather than cut back service. I don't understand why they can't get that these laws are changeable.

I could not do a community mailbox, I don't drive and I'm not capable of walking to one. Community mail boxes would stop me from moving into an area. The solution is so easy for the able-bodied ;)

Date Posted: 2/7/2013 2:34 PM ET
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Yes some people depend on the mail, just means you must think ahead and order things a day earlier then normal.  I dont know anyone that needs something sent to them every single day, even meds can be done in bulk these days so just put the order in 1 day soon so it gets to you on friday instead.  BUT the no mail rule is for LETTERS not parcels.

Date Posted: 2/7/2013 5:52 PM ET
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Between snail mail pen pal letters, magazines, catalogs, PBS shipments, and eBay packages, getting the mail is THE highlight of my day. Saturdays are the one day I can actually go and get the mail in daylight, rather than getting it in the dark of night after work. I will miss delivery simply because it is a thrill for me to go to the mailbox.

Date Posted: 2/7/2013 6:22 PM ET
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The biggest impact for us (and others, I suspect) will be Netflix.

I hadn't considered this, but this is true.  I won't miss letters, but I will miss Netflix deliveries on Sat.

Date Posted: 2/7/2013 6:52 PM ET
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I think it's reasonable.  Mail is not an emergency. 

Date Posted: 2/7/2013 7:04 PM ET
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My biggest impact also would be Netflix. I,too, would rather see mail eliminated on a day during the week. I don't like the no mail pickup or delivery two days in a row. And when there is a Monday holiday, it would be three days in a row.

Date Posted: 2/7/2013 7:11 PM ET
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Yeah, I'd have to plan more carefully around Netflix, too.  Or increase my plan.  Ah, First World Problems.  lol.  This is almost as bad as when my dishes didn't stack nicely in the dishwasher, so I replaced them. 

Date Posted: 2/8/2013 3:14 AM ET
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On the plus side, your PBS books would still arrive on Saturdays. As someone else pointed out, parcels will still be delivered.

Date Posted: 2/8/2013 9:18 AM ET
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The reason they are not cancelling a mid-week deliveries is that businesses that are open Monday through Friday want their mail everyday, and they are bigger and better customers than residetntial folks.