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Old 10-13-2018, 10:26 PM
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I work for direct mail marketing company and we produce a ton of mailings for our clients. I am laughing at some of you that say you just throw away all of your junk mail w/o even opening it because some of those mailings contain $1, $5 or $10 bills.
I do open all my mail, and there has never been a $5 or $10 bill enclosed. Unless you mean a bill for that amount...
There have been a few $1 bills, but their inclusion was obvious from the outside of the envelope.
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Old 10-13-2018, 11:28 PM
 
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Exactly, Amazon actually produces a profit for the USPS. I think others like eBay or other online retailers help the USPS. The letters right now are a problem because besides bills, how many send cards through the mail anymore rather than e-mail or even just a standard Facebook message?
I send cards. I still have older relatives, my mom, aunts and uncles etc who don’t use computers. Besides cards are more special than a fireworks video. My mom saves all the Mothers Day cards I give her. I put a check or gift card in a card and mail it to my nephews still. It seems more personal to me. I would be mad if my bf sent me a Valentines e-card instead of a “real” card I could keep. I have a cousin in California who still writes me letters. It’s actually nice.

Almost all our patients have get well cards all over their rooms which were mailed to them.

I also use USPS to mail overnight letters and packages as well, as they are cheaper than UPS and more convenient as in closer to my house.

I still pay bills and do as much as I can online, but the need for it certainly exists. I don’t see it as irrelevant at this point.
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Old 10-13-2018, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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I send cards. I still have older relatives, my mom, aunts and uncles etc who don’t use computers. Besides cards are more special than a fireworks video. My mom saves all the Mothers Day cards I give her. I put a check or gift card in a card and mail it to my nephews still. It seems more personal to me. I would be mad if my bf sent me a Valentines e-card instead of a “real” card I could keep. I have a cousin in California who still writes me letters. It’s actually nice.

Almost all our patients have get well cards all over their rooms which were mailed to them.

I also use USPS to mail overnight letters and packages as well, as they are cheaper than UPS and more convenient as in closer to my house.

I still pay bills and do as much as I can online, but the need for it certainly exists. I don’t see it as irrelevant at this point.
I still use it for fragrance swaps and my car note (for some reason the finance office I got it through don't do auto-pay.) Otherwise I use online when I can. I don't do letters or cards or if I do cards I send them personally whether for Christmas or with birthday gifts. The biggest thing is the cards cost too much these days unless you get them from Dollar Tree.
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Old 10-13-2018, 11:43 PM
 
Location: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río Porciúncula
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I can’t remember the last time I said anything personal through the Postal Service.
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Old 10-14-2018, 10:11 AM
 
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I still use it for fragrance swaps and my car note (for some reason the finance office I got it through don't do auto-pay.) Otherwise I use online when I can. I don't do letters or cards or if I do cards I send them personally whether for Christmas or with birthday gifts. The biggest thing is the cards cost too much these days unless you get them from Dollar Tree.
I get kids in our family the $.99 ones now. My brother I get which everyone is funniest even if it cost a little more, and for my mother I get whichever one I think is going to make her cry, LOL. It is crazy how much they cost now. I now have the shelf is taken up by those stupid cards that play music and cost eight dollars apiece. No way!
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Old 10-14-2018, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I don't see why we even need the U.S. Postal Service anymore. Most of what I receive is junk mail that goes right in the trash without even being opened.
There are always posters who say that. We still need the Postal Service sometimes. I am on Social Security and on occasion, they want me to snail mail them paperwork. Credit cards are sent by mail. Etc. . .
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Old 10-14-2018, 11:04 AM
 
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I work for direct mail marketing company and we produce a ton of mailings for our clients. I am laughing at some of you that say you just throw away all of your junk mail w/o even opening it because some of those mailings contain $1, $5 or $10 bills.
Then you obviously aren't sending any mail my way despite my being 70 and living in some desireable zip codes (for average income and other demographics) ever since I left college...

And I don't have any friends in similar circumstances who have received those mailings...
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Old 10-14-2018, 11:14 AM
 
Location: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río Porciúncula
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There are always posters who say that. We still need the Postal Service sometimes. I am on Social Security and on occasion, they want me to snail mail them paperwork. Credit cards are sent by mail. Etc. . .
There will always be physical means necessary to send tangible objects such as credit cards or purchased goods. My new passport came via USPS.

However USPS does not have to be the carrier who carries these tangible objects. It can be any carrier with end point delivery capability.

If USPS suddenly vanished I'm pretty sure the other carriers would invent a new economy class for items such as credit cards and passports.

BTW, those of you sending "happy happy" cards, you can print many of them online. I see no reason to purchase them at stores. You can download them for free or make your own, as follows:

For my Valentine's Day invitation I purchased some nice letter stationary on heavy weight paper (and matching envelopes) and downloaded a calligraphy font online, and printed a beautiful Valentine invite which I presented to my special woman on a preceding date. It looked fantastic and this year's Valentine was the best Valentine I ever had. — And I have a bunch of nice stationary for the future. Also, I'm an artist and may use some of the paper for my art.
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Old 10-14-2018, 11:19 AM
 
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There will always be physical means necessary to send tangible objects such as credit cards or purchased goods. My new passport came via USPS.

However USPS does not have to be the carrier who carries these tangible objects. It can be any carrier with end point delivery capability.

If USPS suddenly vanished I'm pretty sure the other carriers would invent a new economy class for items such as credit cards and passports.

BTW, those of you sending "happy happy" cards, you can print many of them online. I see no reason to purchase them at stores. You can download them for free or make your own, as follows:

For my Valentine's Day invitation I purchased some nice letter stationary on heavy weight paper (and matching envelopes) and downloaded a calligraphy font online, and printed a beautiful Valentine invite which I presented to my special woman on a preceding date. It looked fantastic and this year's Valentine was the best Valentine I ever had. — And I have a bunch of nice stationary for the future. Also, I'm an artist and may use some of the paper for my art.

If the usps vanished the cost for sending letters or shipping would go up tremendously. USPS is the end deliver point for FedEx UPS and DHL because those companies can’t make the final delivery anywhere near as efficiently and cheaply as the USPS.

I see you’ve abandoned any attempt to detail what issues you have between the us govt and the usps and have stuck to the thought that if you don’t use a service we should eliminate it
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Old 10-14-2018, 11:44 AM
 
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There will always be physical means necessary to send tangible objects such as credit cards or purchased goods. My new passport came via USPS.

However USPS does not have to be the carrier who carries these tangible objects. It can be any carrier with end point delivery capability.

If USPS suddenly vanished I'm pretty sure the other carriers would invent a new economy class for items such as credit cards and passports.

BTW, those of you sending "happy happy" cards, you can print many of them online. I see no reason to purchase them at stores. You can download them for free or make your own, as follows:

For my Valentine's Day invitation I purchased some nice letter stationary on heavy weight paper (and matching envelopes) and downloaded a calligraphy font online, and printed a beautiful Valentine invite which I presented to my special woman on a preceding date. It looked fantastic and this year's Valentine was the best Valentine I ever had. — And I have a bunch of nice stationary for the future. Also, I'm an artist and may use some of the paper for my art.
I wish I enjoyed and was good at doing homemade things but I know myself. I’d have “make Pop card” on my phone reminder list. Then I’d get home from work late, make my lunch and shower then I’d be tired and move the reminder to tomorrow....then 6 days later I’d be in Rite Aid buying a “Happy Belated Birthday” card lol.

For my mom especially she’s 87 and feels it, so spending $6 on a card she will treasure doesn’t seem like too much. Also for my brother I try to get really funny ones.
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