For many years, I have been able to send small packages and large envelopes via first-class mail as long as the weight was over 13 ounces or less.
A couple of weeks ago, I took a six-by-nine inch padded envelope that weighed all of three ounces to the Post Office and was told that first-class packages had been discontinued as of July 9.
I had the option of the new “postal advantage” classification that cost over $5 for my tiny package. The old “first class” option would have been under $3. There was no alternative offered and I took my package back home.
I’ve also noticed that my mailbox is constantly full of unwanted and unsolicited bulk mailings that arrive with cut-rate package postage that the retail customer does not qualify for.
Recently, there have also been packages sent from the local Post Office that were lost or destroyed.
Ask your Congressional representatives to look closely into what was once a vital public service that needs to continue as such. Privatizing doesn’t work!