The Cost of Snail Mail
Yesterday’s chart from the Economist about the cost of sending snail mail caught my attention for two reasons:
If I think about it — and since I saw the chart I started thinking about it — I’m still amazed that you can give some entity a physical object and they’ll deliver it pretty much anywhere for 45 cents (in the US). Then again, the US Postal Service loses $25 million per day.
A few weeks ago, I sent my first physical letter in about as long as I can remember. I’d received an invoice for two cents so put three pennies in an envelope with a note telling them to keep the change.
Image: Cost of Sending a Standard-Sized Letter Domestically, via the Economist.

The Cost of Snail Mail

Yesterday’s chart from the Economist about the cost of sending snail mail caught my attention for two reasons:

  • If I think about it — and since I saw the chart I started thinking about it — I’m still amazed that you can give some entity a physical object and they’ll deliver it pretty much anywhere for 45 cents (in the US). Then again, the US Postal Service loses $25 million per day.
  • A few weeks ago, I sent my first physical letter in about as long as I can remember. I’d received an invoice for two cents so put three pennies in an envelope with a note telling them to keep the change.

Image: Cost of Sending a Standard-Sized Letter Domestically, via the Economist.

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    ALL THE MORE REASON to send documents that can be sent digitally, via electronic means! Reduce paper waste!
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