Am I a Cause of the Postal Service’s Demise?

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I still rely on the post office for numerous things.  It’s the cheapest way to mail my family in Canada packages.  There are still certain bills that I pay by check that I need to mail,  and when I remember, that’s how I send out birthday greetings and of course our rare annual Christmas letter.

That being said, it does grate me each time I hear they are going to raise rates…again…  Realistically 44¢ to mail a letter within the United States is really a bargain, and with the Forever stamps you can stock up prior to a rate increase if you want to save a few pennies.

It’s no wonder the post office is hurting though.  There is very little that needs to be mailed anymore.  Between their competition of FedEx and UPS plus the internet and e-mail there is often a more efficient way of doing things.

At one time mailing would have been your only option for signing and returning documents for contracts.  Yet now you can have digital signatures.  Less paper and faster it seems like it certainly will become the norm rather than the exception.  With the process of signature validation, there is also security behind the advancement so the receiver doesn’t need to be overly concerned with fraud.

I honestly prefer this – as that way I also have a copy of whatever it is I am signing, and don’t need to worry about remembering to take a photocopy prior to mailing, and then having all that extra paperwork piling up.

Do you still mail things out – or are you more of a digital corresponder?

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