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Antique USPS Delivery TruckThe United States Postal Service announced earlier this week that they plan on stopping Saturday mail delivery starting August 1st of this year. The USPS just increased stamp prices earlier this year to the current stamp price of 45 cents for a first class letter. To save money, USPS has often proposed terminating Saturday delivery in the past – the announcement this week is the first time they’ve actually been able to do it.

This only affects regular mail, the post office will continue to deliver packages on Saturday, just not regular mail. With the USPS hemorrhaging money (that’s really the only apt description for what happens when you lose tens of billions of dollars a year… after year after year), this move will save an estimated $2 billion a year.

What do you think? Personally, I’m fine with the end of Saturday delivery. The post office will remain open, packages will still be delivered, and I won’t miss getting junk mail on Saturdays. It’s not like anything urgent is ever sent by regular USPS mail anyway.

I am sympathetic to those who would lose their jobs as a result of reduced delivery but the USPS lost more than $15 billion dollars last year… something has to give.

What do you think?

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36 Responses to “Your Take: The End of Saturday USPS Mail Delivery”

  1. Michael says:

    The main thing I’ll miss is being able to get our held mail re-delivered on a Saturday when we come back into town after a week away. But I’ll survive…

    To those that think they should just raise prices, I agree. However, they are restricted from raises postal rates faster than inflation. And therein lies the problem. They’re expected to operate like a private business but they’re subject to all kinds of Congressional meddling.

  2. Wilma says:

    FedX and UPS charge extra for Saturday delivery. The USPS needs to up their postage price per letter, charge more for Saturday package delivery and or do away with Saturday mail delivery all together. We as tax payers will still be supporting the pensions of those that work or have worked there. They need some sweeping changes to get business back on track. I like paying my bills through the postal service.

  3. Mike Sinark says:

    I am retired from the USPS and there is quite a bit of misinformation on some these posts. I’m sure most of the people on this site would not miss saturday deliveries at all. They probably wouldn’t miss the post office if it went away. But many people who are not computer savvy and or live in rural areas would have a tough time without the post office. Most of the problems go back to the Postal Reform Act passed by the lame duck congress in 2006. Here is a link if you are interested in what is going on…http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/usps_sat_delivery/?rc=fb_share1&r_by=-6709733-Yb_Ajzx

    • Thank you Mike. I’m SOOOOOOO SICK of everyone IGNORING the obvious, and pretending that the USPS has done poor business.

      Indeed, the USPS is one of the most successful business stories!!!

      The USPS has had anvil dropped onto them, a big ball chained to them, and has been dumped into the abyss, by a stupid law, that if imposed on any other company, the company would last exactly hours or days at best.
      And yet here the USPS has soldiered on!

      THEY ARE HEROES, not business failures!

      The post office is a SUCCESS STORY.

      And the Saturday delivery question would be MOOT if our political system wasn’t so broken.

  4. Losing mail delivery on Saturday is not a big deal for me. I do believe though that we need to keep the USPS running in decent shape. I think especially the older generation and people who cannot afford a decent internet connection might be quite dependend on it.

  5. lostAnnfound says:

    We didn’t have mail delivery on Saturday due to the snow (we live in Massachusetts) and it didn’t bother us at all.

  6. daenyll says:

    About time they take their chance to even out some of their losses, since congress controls much of how they’re allowed to operate and thus not they’re forced to run with massive shortfalls rather than adjust as any independent business would

  7. daenyll says:

    About time they take the chance to make up some of the shortfalls, handicapped as they are by congress.

  8. Bob says:

    They can lower it to twice a week. I don’t need to get the Pennysaver and super market fliers seven days per week.

  9. lostAnnfound says:

    We didn’t have mail delivery this past Saturday due to the snow (we’re in Massachusetts) and it didn’t bother us at all.


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