We all seem to get more junk mail in our mailboxes these days than actual letters. The U.S. Postal Service feels it, too. It faces a multi-billion dollar deficit and is considering closing thousands of postal offices. They’ve been feeling this steady decline in hard mail usage since 1998.
These days, the majority of people in the U.S. use email and call hard mail “snail mail.” Over 50 percent of mail received by the USPS is junk mail or advertising mail. Tom Rizzo, a spokesman for the USPS said that standard mail or advertising mail is an important part of the job these days.
However, it doesn’t count for half of the money made by the USPS, even though it makes more than half of the mail received. He says first class mail has a 1:3 ratio to standard mail. It means that for every first class envelope, one would need three standard envelopes sent to equal its price.
It is still a vital part of the postal system, but it doesn’t actually make up half the income.