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Your Take: The End of Saturday USPS Mail Delivery

The 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 [3] earlier this year to the current stamp price [4] 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?

(Photo: Hugo90 [5])