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Go Green By Stopping Unwanted Mailings

Ten years ago, I made an effort to cancel the delivery of a free weekly newspaper that I have been receiving for years—and never read. It turned out to be an easy thing to do and they happily took my cancellation. The delivery of that paper immediately stopped—until I installed my new mailbox! I understand […]

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What If There Was No Mail?

On Monday this week (in the United States) we had no mail delivery because of Veterans’ Day. To miss mail for one day is not a problem, but what if this occurred on a regular basis? What if Saturday delivery was omitted or we only received mail three days a week? (These ideas are considerations […]

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A Postage Increase for January 2, 2011

In a move that surprised many, the USPS (United States Postal Service) requested that it be allowed to increase postage rates an average of 5% on January 2, 2011. This flies in the face having annual increases each May that track with the CPI (Consumer Price Index). What does this mean to you?  For starters, […]

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No Postage Increase for 2010

It was recently announced that the United States Postal Service (USPS) would not raise rates in 2010 on “market-dominate products”; this includes first-class mail. The USPS is authorized to raise rates each May, based on the inflation rate (CPI) for the prior year.  Although it’s looking like the CPI for 2009 will ultimately hover around […]

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What Will The USPS Do?

Yesterday, I talked about the United States Postal Service (USPS) and their poor financial status given increased costs, a fixed infrastructure, and decreased patronage. I fully expect that one response to this will be a rate increase next May, regardless of the CPI. They have also been talking about reducing delivery.  Cutting out Saturday is […]

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The Postman Always Rings Twice

For the past couple of years the United States Postal Service (USPS) has issued a rate increase each May.  The amount of the increase is tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) of the year.  The result is smaller postage rate increases on an annual basis.  Prior to this procedure, rates were increased in much […]

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Let’s Play Tag — In Cyberspace

I have been blogging since January 2008 and have made 315 entries to date — no wait, 316.  To organize these entries, I have concocted 30 topic categories, adding each post to at least one category, usually more.  This allows readers interested in the topics of, say, Computers and the Internet to read related posts, […]

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Get Ready Now for the Postage Increase in May

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has another rate increase looming in the near future. On May 11, 2009, the price to mail a first class letter will increase 2 cents, from the current 42 cents to 44 cents.  This increase is just shy of 5%. Although such a high increase seems untenable given the […]

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US Postage Rates to Increase in May

The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced today that new postage rates will go into effect on May 11, 2009.  The new rates will be: Letter, first ounce: $0.44 Large envelope, first ounce: $0.88 Additional ounces: $0.17  (this did not change!) Postcard: $0.28 To make sure that you don’t end up with extra 42 cent […]

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Being a Substitute is No Excuse

We had some frustration taking delivery of a package today.  It’s not the first time and, I’m quite sure, it won’t be the last.  Sometimes our packages are delivered to the wrong address; other times — like today — the drivers don’t really attempt to make the delivery, they just leave a notice.  Twice, they’ve […]