As the article mentions, nobody sends letters anymore and there are less and less bills being sent through the mail. Advertisers are less likely to send out print ads in the current recession as well. I've noticed that the price of sending a package via Parcel Post is sometimes the same as sending it out Priority Mail. It would seem that the Post Office is trying to do away with this service however in doing so, they are also encouraging people to look to other methods of shipping. Shipping companies like FedEx and UPS are gaining in popularity as the cost to ship through the Post Office increases. There has even been talk of doing away with Saturday mail delivery.
It seems like the Canadian Post is also having similar problems as evidenced by their recent strike that lasted 13 days (Canada's Post tried cutting costs by reducing wages). It sounds like to some, however, that the strike may have worked against the office and it's employees as people started to find alternative ways of shipping. Some people also realized that the lack of mail delivery didn't effect them that much since their checks were direct deposited and they didn't miss the junk mail. It had also, of course sent some of the public into an outrage as people were left waiting to receive checks and small businesses (hello, crafters) were forced to ship through private companies which cut into their profits.
It does seem like the Canadian Post has other ways of earning money; like through their Comparison Shopper. Say, you're shopping for your hobbies, you just go to their search engine and find listings from stores in both Canada and the US to compare price history, user reviews, store policies, etc. It seems like this might be a way of generating more cash for the Post by generating advertiser dollars. So far as I know, the USPS doesn't have any additional resources other than just jacking up postal rates.
Truth be told, the Post Office has offered a crucial service since the 18th century. It may seem like it's becoming obsolete in this era of technology but where will you go if you need to send a letter? Not everyone sends e-cards. Even with the increased postal rates, it often still is less expensive to ship through the Post Office than through private couriers, especially for small businesses.
How will this effect your crafty business? Well, for one, driving to your local Post Office may turn into a much longer drive which will take more time out of your day and increase the amount of gas you use to get there.
What's your take? Is the Post Office becoming obsolete? Do you still use the Post Office? Will you miss it if no longer existed?
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