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The post office has been complaining about losing money lately. The solution is simple; lower your prices, so as people like me, a pensioner, can use your services.

I sent a small parcel recently to Summerland, B.C., V0H 1Z0, 17 x 16 x 5 cm. Total weight .130 kg — cost $15.91, including fuel charge for ordinary parcel post. This, to me, is excessive and the reason I did not send parcels for Christmas this year. I sent money instead. Had the postage been reasonable, I would have sent gifts (parcels). I am an older man, 82, and do not use email and with the cost of postage rising in the new year, it will be difficult to correspond with my relatives in other parts of Canada.

George Harris


Geographic location: Summerland, Canada.George HarrisBloomfield

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  • Kyle
    January 07, 2014 - 21:37

    $15 to send something probably 4000km from Nowhere, Newfoundland to BC and you're still complaining. Wow.

    • david
      January 09, 2014 - 16:35

      Ah, a Newfie accountant! People like you must think that when you go to a hospital, everyone there is a volunteer. After all, it's "free" right?! Hint: The $15 you pay to send that "something" comes ON TOP OF the $100 or more the rest of us have already been forced to subsidize the delivery of your "something"....forever. If people paid a fully-allocated, market price to send stuff, Canada Post would be finished yesterday.

  • david
    January 07, 2014 - 16:37

    You don't seem to grasp Canadian socialism and "union economics". The post office exists to provide iron-clad job security and ever-increasing benefits to every one of its employees. Delivering mail is just a historic irritant --- doing so for a reasonable price to the customer is just plain crazy.

  • REally
    January 06, 2014 - 16:12

    Did Fedex or UPS. They typically cost more. There are also some prepaid envelope options that likely would be cheaper than what you used as well. When you price in inflation, the real cost of postage hasn't really increased since you were 18 and not 81.