I was bumming around some news sites today looking for some inspiration for today’s article. Normally searching mailbox in the news doesn’t give me any cannon fodder but today I lucked out. There was an article about blue post office mailboxes starting to disappear.
|The article in question can be found here. It is from a news station in Wisconsin but it says that the all to familiar blue mailboxes are disappearing all over the country.They say that because they are not getting enough letters put in them the USPS is starting to remove them. This makes sense as I was driving around a few weeks ago looking for one and it took me half an hour before I gave up and just drove to the post office. I mail one thing a month and it’s a car bill my complaining is stupid compared to those who rely on the mailboxes more.
These mailboxes use to be a nice convienent way to drop off but now that they are disappearing it starts turning dropping off mail into scavenger hunt instead of a simple errand. So that leaves people with two options. The first is making the trip to the post office which isn’t awful but who really like going to the post office. The second is putting it in their mailbox at home and hoping the letter carrier takes it.
The second option used to be something that could be a cause for concern because you would just put your mail in your mailbox and put up a flag and say a prayer. Recently though mailbox manufacturers have taken some steps to hopefully make it easier for everyone to deal with outgoing mail at home and take those blue mailboxes out of the equation for good.
|The first innovation that has come about in the last few years is the outgoing mail clip. It is found on mailboxes like the Oasis Mailbox. The clip is on the inside of the mail drop door so when the letter carrier opens the door the outgoing mail is presented to him. This with a red flag makes it pretty hard to screw it up.Another feature that is out there is an actual shelf for outgoing mail with in the mailbox. This is found on mailboxes like the MB2000 and the dVault Curbside. Right by the slot where the incoming mail goes there is a shelf that is even labeled “outgoing mail” for you to put your mail. They mailboxes also come with a red flag as well. If the mail clip doesn’t make it clear you have outgoing mail then I think these well make it crystal clear.
In the end though no solution is going to be fool proof. I will now have to start planning one day a month though around the post office because my mailbox has no outgoing mail features. In a world that is obscessed with convience it only makes sense that the mailboxes will get better as time goes on. Until them it’s USPS 1 Me 0.
Written by Robert Urgo. Robert is the web master for MailboxWorks.com. He has been working here for 7 years and has done almost every job so you can count on him for expert advice. If you have any questions you would like him to address in future posts email him at email@example.com
Written By Robert Urgo