Yesterday, postal prices rose in the United States. Ryan was horrified when he found this out and lamented last night that he’d have to buy a whole bunch of $0.02 stamps. I tend not to bother myself with such things. I use digital mail when I can and subject myself to the postal system when necessary. The USPS says that their price increases reflect inflation and I calmly believe them.
However, I’ve always been one to revile against junkmail. Like you, I’m sure, I grumble everytime I’m thrown back against the wall when my mailbox explodes with flyers, credit card apps, and (heaven forbid) samples! So imagine my incredulity when I heard on the radio yesterday that…
JUNKMAIL KEEPS POSTAL PRICES DOWN!!
According to the Executive Director of some organization who mails stuff all the time, if there were no junk mail (or advertising mail as they like to affectionately call it), the postal prices would be nearly twice as much as they are today! So there you have it. I for one will from now on happily recycle all the colorful papers that fill my mailbox knowing that they keeping the postage prices low, and my husband from having a cow. I will do this with a smil and calmly, because the prices of postage in America never bothered me much in the first place.