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Less junk mail means cuts for post office

Original post made on Dec 28, 2009

You probably haven't noticed the difference, but the ranks of clerks in Menlo Park post offices and carriers on local routes have thinned over the last few months.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, December 27, 2009, 11:00 PM

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 28, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Good Riddens!
THe USPS is the biggest spammer in the nation. Nobody wants their junk mail.

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Posted by Good Riddance to Spell Check
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Dec 28, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Don't blame the messenger, Rick.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of another community
on Dec 28, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Rick, like GRTSC said, we are only the messenger. Businesses bring us their advertising and ask us to deliver it because we can. If someone gave you $1000 to put a flyer on all the cars on your block would you do it?

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Posted by Good Riddance to Spell Check
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Dec 28, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Like newspapers, people may not appreciate the USPS now, but they are going to miss it when it's gone.

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Posted by Letter Carrier
a resident of another community
on Dec 28, 2009 at 9:55 pm

I know everybody likes to beat up on the post office for the "junk" mail they say nobody wants - but every time that "junk" mail doesn't get delivered, or is a day late for any reason, the post office is flooded with complaints. The fact is that those weekly circulars (and other advertising matter) that the post office has been delivering (for well over twenty years now)obviously work and at least some people do want them - otherwise that type of advertising business would go away because nobody would want to advertise in them.

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Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 29, 2009 at 12:55 am

This is good news for 2 reasons - USPS is one of the most inefficient organizations around & junk mail causes a major waste of paper. Even with a printed request inside my mailbox asking that junk mail not be placed there, it is still delivered.

Please, does anyone really phone asking where the Pennysaver is? Very hard to believe.

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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Dec 29, 2009 at 8:52 am

I once had a discussion with the local postmaster about "junk mail" and he nearly took my head off. He admonished me that it wasn't junk mail, but "bulk mail."

You have to remember that these advertisers are now the post office's biggest customers. With email and other forms of instant communication, the amount of mail is decreasing.

How do you think the post office is going to treat one of their few remaining and biggest customers??? They LOVE junk mail.

By the way, it's pretty easy to stop junk mail. Here's how to do it:
Web Link

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 29, 2009 at 4:19 pm

I don't know why people malign the USPS so much. My experience with them has been nothing but positive for years & years. Compared to FedEX, they are a model of efficiency. For the past two years, FedEX has failed to delivery packages on time, as promised, even though they charge exorbitant prices for their "Next Day" delivery. This year the failure of the FedEX service, compared to the Post Office, was clear as night and day.

I was, as usual, running late. It was Monday, Dec. 21 and I still had two packages to send to my Mom in Wisconsin. One was small enough to fit into one of the free shipping boxes the Post Office had provided. I went to the post office and used their automated postal center to weigh the box, pay for the postage label, and drop it into the postbox. Total cost: $4.95 and the package was received 2 days later on Wednesday, Dec. 23.

The second package was too big to fit into their largest box (but not by much) so I went to the local Green Mail outlet, where they helped me pack it in an appropriate shipping container. I should have stopped at that point and taken it back to the Post Office to have it shipped but I saw that they used FedEX as their shipper. Concerned that the Post Office might not get it delivered by Christmas eve, I opted to use the FedEX next-day delivery. Mistake! Total cost: $71 - though that included some charge to the Green Mail folks too. Worst part: when I talked to my Mom on Christmas Day, she hadn't received the package. I talked to her again on Sunday and still no package. So much for FedEX's "When it absolutely, positively has to be there" promise. Same thing happened last year - package sent via FedEX next-day delivery didn't get there until after Xmas.

Next year I'll get smart and mail things earlier and, for sure, I'll opt for the US postal service. Much cheaper & more reliable. What's not to like?

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Posted by Magda Carta
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Dec 29, 2009 at 4:35 pm

I have to agree. I sent a flat-rate box of Christmas presents to the East Coast on the Friday before Christmas and it arrived on Monday. It cost $11. You can't beat that.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of another community
on Dec 30, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Downtowner...A carrier does not have the option to not deliver mail to your mailbox just because you put a note in it saying you didn't want any junk mail. They HAVE to deliver it. My advice to you is contact the mailer.

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