You’ve got mail (but not on Saturdays): USPS cutting back delivery schedule

The failing United States Postal Service will announce today that Saturday delivery of first-class mail will be eliminated in August for a predicted annual savings of $2 billion, a fraction of what the USPS lost in 2012.

Why does the postal service say it’s so cash-strapped? In the past, it’s been blamed on you darn kids and your Internets. (And also the recession, but mostly, get off the USPS’ lawn, whippersnappers.)

Packages will still be delivered on Saturdays.


Netflix customers are already making plans.

But some people are OK with the news.

  • radishthegreat

    This’ll finish off what’s left of Netflix.

    • radjahshelduck

      I don’t know about that, Radish. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if it isn’t long before you pick up the Wall Street Journal and there is a story about how Netflix has signed an agreement with UPS or FedEx. Which reminds me: I’m no stock expert but I’m guessing a few of the men and women who are might now recommend purchase of UPS & FedEx stock.

    • Ken Alan Draper

      huh!? I get my netflix instantly online.

    • TocksNedlog

      Uh, um . . . are you under the incredibly misguided impression that A) Netflix has not been increasingly delivering its content online, no post office required; and B) Netflix is in a financially precarious position?
      Not the case, friend.

    • operanerd1986

      Netflix also has a lot of movies and TV shows that you can stream online if you have a subscription.

      • Penny Robinson Fan Club

        There’s also a wonderful little system called BitTorrent that can bring you just about anything straight to your hard-drive.
        /Or should I say, your hAARRRRRd-drive . . . if you take my meaning, me hearties.

        • operanerd1986

          Do they make ye walk the plank if ye gets caught?

    • Jillane Kent

      Netflix is doing great, thanks to “cord cutters” who have tired of obnoxiously large cable bills. They just surpassed their one billionth viewing hour recently.

  • Netmilsmom

    They could cut my delivery to three days a week. My bills are electronic and all I see in my mailbox is junk. Cut the Union pay to three days for residential and I believe no one would notice.

  • peteee363

    why not just raise the junk mail prices. it will cut down on junk mail, and the clutter in my mailbox. or it will put more money in the post office’s bank. it is a win win either way.

    • TocksNedlog

      It isn’t “a win-win” for businesses looking at a positive return on their investment from junk-mail advertising.

  • Edwina

    Thank goodness. One less day for bills and junk.

  • daphnetaggart

    This makes absolutely no sense. Postal carriers have to drive the same routes to deliver packages as they do regular mail, so I fail to see where the savings is coming from. Either discontinue Saturday service, or don’t. Further, the rates have recently increased, so basically we’re getting less service for more money. Just goes to show this is what happens when government gets involved in business.

    • TocksNedlog

      Um, it’s called a-lot-fewer-drivers-required-to-deliver-just-packages; plus, no counter-service employees inside the PO on Saturdays.

      • Comrade Jones

        I dunno where you live but in houston all counter service post offices are closed on saturday lol

        • TocksNedlog

          Here in AZ, many post offices open for 4 hours on Saturdays.

  • Silenttype78

    When the volume of (non crap) mail decreased delivery days should have decreased as well.
    Wonder why it didnt…hmmm?

  • radjahshelduck

    Some time ago I read an article on the Postal Service in which the writer pointed out that the USPS in exempt from all real estate taxes and all state and local vehicle license and registration requirements. So not a penny of property tax is paid on any one of the thousands of post offices, and not a penny goes to the respective states for license plates on thier thousands of delivery vehicles. And yet still the USPS still loses money with two advantages all private companies in this land would kill to have.

  • vcferlita

    Hey remember when Obama said that government healthcare would be like running the post office?

    • Ken Alan Draper

      The one time he didn’t lie, Of course. you don’t forget rare events like that.

  • DaProf

    Typical governmental action: Cost more; deliver less. And in this case, deliver less often.

    If they would just charge full rate for junk mail….

    • Canadian in USA

      If you think this is bad, just wait to see what Obamacare will do.

  • Ken Alan Draper

    Dang! now who will i get to lose all the Important notices requiring my immediate attention on saturdays? who will bend, fold, spindle, & mutilate packages sent to me from relatives marked “Fragile”?

  • tredglx

    Netflix streams content, doesn’t it? No need to revise anything.
    If the postal orifice clowns want to see black ink instead of red, they should raise the bulk (junk) mail rates.

  • Brett McMicken

    you mean the light-worker couldn’t save saturday deliveries?

    • Penny Robinson Fan Club

      No, but at least the oceans have stopped rising.

  • HARP2

    Saturday mail delivery in Canada was eliminated by Canada Post on February 1, 1969

    I think they still manage to function.

  • BeyondPolls

    They should have done that a long time ago. I haven’t gotten anything useful on Saturdays in years.
    However, it would be preferable for the government to slowly get out of this mail business and let private companies such as UPS, Fed-Ex, and DHL take over the mail-carrying service.

    • Ms Anonymous

      Will UPS deliver a letter from Nome Alaska to Orlando Florida within 7 days for $0.46 or will mail service be limited to only those people living in urban areas who can afford much higher rates?

      I’m a small business owner and I depend on the US Mail to deliver invoices and payments. In a crappy economy the last thing I want to do is raise my rates in order to recapture the money taken by credit card companies for electronic payments.

      • BeyondPolls

        Well you definitely have a point there. Perhaps USPS should only focus on special routes like that, but you have to agree that the market can be improved by the government getting out of the business. The same goes for Amtrak, NPR, and PBS.

  • LoriGirl

    Long time coming, but just watch: they’ll still lose money. How ironic that a federal government power enumerated in the Constitution will eventually fail because no one cares. Send in the drones! And watch Costner’s film “The Postman.”

    • Jillane Kent

      Better yet, read the book that was far better :)

  • Tangchung

    Should just deliver 4 days= thurs, fri, sat and sunday. People are home for packages, less traffic etc. No more junk mail !

    • TocksNedlog

      Force union members to work on Sundays?
      Keep dreaming.

  • daphnetaggart

    What the government likes to tell us is that not one cent of tax money is used to support the postal service. (This is actually disingenuous since the PO borrows money from the treasury when they miss their pension fund payments.) What the government won’t tell you is that they and the USPS union requires healthcare and pensions to be funded 100% for the next ten years. Something no other company on the planet is required to do. Why this requirement? Because the government borrows that money. So the USPS borrows from Peter to pay Paul, and the government borrows it all. Circle jerk deluxe.

    • Ms Anonymous

      They instituted the prefunding requirement for all future retirees when the USPS finally started making money. And as much as I would love to blame the democrats, it was the republicans who were responsible for that mess. They saw a potential for a new revenue stream and they once again, stuck their fat greedy hands in the taxpayers pockets. Instead of using that money to increase services, or God forbid, lower postage rates, Congress demanded the USPS hand it over in an insane demand that all future healthcare be funded in a 10 year period.

  • dcnj

    wow less time to open birthday cards looking for cash…sorry workas!

  • Maxx

    A package (still to be delivered on Saturday) is usually something you want but more junk mail? It can wait until Monday. This should of happened five years ago. Hell, I haven’t received a paper bill in years.

  • Guest

    Who cares, the piles of unsolicited junk mail can wait until Monday to be tossed out.

  • Linda (Lou) Norris

    Make anyone in congress who is worth over $250,000 pay for their own mailings. Stop the Franking Privilege for them!

  • Hal Burton

    Shut it down, people will live just fine if they don’t exist, and I wont have to mow around the mailbox post.