I am sure you’ve already heard THE NEWS. As of August 5th, USPS will cease delivering first class mail on Saturdays. This isn’t a surprise. It seems like this has been in the works for ages (awaiting the approval of Congress . . . which still hasn’t happened). It’s a bummer, but it makes sense. If the money isn’t there, you have to make cuts somewhere. As a librarian I work for the city in which I reside, and have watched as some very difficult budgetary decisions have been made. The last few years have been incredibly rough economically, everywhere.
The USPS states that packages will continue to be disbursed six days per week, which also makes sense in its own way. First class mail (bills, letters, etc) has decreased dramatically, but the shipping of packages (due, in part, to online shipping a la eBay) has increased.
It will be interesting to see how this affects us as online sellers. Will it?
I sometimes joke that my “niche” is anything that can be shipped First Class. Cheap to ship, and usually small so easy to store. It makes me wonder . . . eBay packages that are shipped First Class with a tracking number . . . are they more “First Class” or more “package”? Hopefully the latter. We shall see.