The 46 Cent Luxury Item

Postage on a package

So the U.S. Postal Service has now proposed to raise the cost to send a first class letter from 44 cents to 46 cents. Do you think that’s a good idea?

It costs a fraction of a cent to send an email message to anyone in the world, regardless their location and length of your message (including attachments). It usually arrives in mere seconds. It usually doesn’t matter if it is raining, snowing, or hot outside either. Compared to email, a postal letter is probably about 10,000 times more expensive to send. Simply put, a postal letter has become a luxury item.

That’s unfortunate, because I enjoy getting postal mail. As long as the ratio of bills to quality mail is reasonable, postal mail can be a great way to communicate. For cards and letters, catalogs and magazines, and other types of packages, there is nothing quite like getting an unexpected piece of postal mail.

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