Postal Service Customers React to No First Class Mail on Saturdays

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

HARRISONBURG -- Mail won't be delivered six days a week after Aug. 1st because the Postal Service will stop delivering first-class mail on Saturdays. Packages, however, will still be delivered.

Several people outside a local Post Office gave their thoughts on the changes. Some said it doesn't make a difference if they can't get mail on the weekend, but others said it could hurt their business.

The announcement was disappointing Mike Meredith, a business owner. He said he visits the Post Office six days a week.

"Well let's say I get $10,000 a day in checks in the mail when people pay their bills, I'm not going to get that money on Saturdays now. I'm going to have to wait 'til Monday, so it's going to hurt cash flow in the business perspective. Multiply me and 100,000 businesses across the country, and what do you have? We got a little impact on the economy," said Meredith.

Meredith said this change could also be big loss to Netflix because that DVD subscription service is the Postal Service's biggest customer. Meredith said losing a day for deliveries may mean losing lots of business and Netflix customers may not be too happy.

"Everybody watches movies on the weekend, so now I can't get my movie on a Saturday!"

Sylvia Karageorge, another USPS customer, said it's won't affect her life too much.

"I'm not worried about it because we're retired, so whenever it's convenient, we come here. I don't know about the other people, but for me it doesn't make a difference," said Karageorge.

It doesn't make a difference for some, but for others, like Meredith, the change means a big loss.

"I think it's a bad decision from a business perspective,” said Meredith, “If you want to increase your revenues and increase your profits, all businessmen know that you increase your service and you cut your rates to drive business up. To increase your cost of service and decrease your service, it's just going to hurt you more."

A spokesperson with the USPS said it's not delivering on Saturdays to cut down on costs. The change is expected to save $2 billion per year. She also said a research study found that 70-percent of Americans support the change.

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