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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The death of snail mail

Posted on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 3:50 PM

I am hearing news reports these days about the potential death of our national door-to-door postal service, apparently because the volume of snail mail is doing a nosedive. Of course, email and ecommerce and e-everything else have played the biggest part in putting the boots to paper mail. But Canada Post and ultimately, its overseers, are hastening the demise. More and more often, I fail to receive mail from family and friends sending me birthday or Christmas cards (does someone in the delivery stream suspect such cards are likely to contain money?). And trying to speak to someone about such a problem is a problem in itself. Trying to contact real humans on the phone to report or discuss issues can result in an endless game of telephone tag via answering machines. I have lost my trust in the system and have resorted to couriers, expensive as they can be. —Not Going Postal

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