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    Won't make a huge difference to me personally but to my workplace jt will. We regularly send letters to clients and given that they are often disadvantaged, I won't agree to pass on the cost to clients. I guess it's an opportunity to look again at how we can do business differently.

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    Will definitely affect us at work, and also hubby's business. My boss has decided we'll primarily email info & documentation and the people that insist on mailed documents will be charged for post.

    I think with our business we'll absorb the cost at the moment and see how it goes.

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    a 30c increase is outrageous. I don't mail much do it won't affect me drastically but it seems extreme.

    I think Oz Post have been losing money for a while. I wonder if this will be the answer to their problems though?

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    Default Postage stamp cost increasing to $1 - will this effect you?

    Obviously doesn't currently affect me as I'm in the UK, but that's insane! Australia post is already stupidly expensive, sending packages overseas is ridiculous, so much cheaper sending from the UK and US. They're also just an awful service, the amount of times they lost our mail, posted it in mailboxes in other apartment complexes, damaged, etc. Unless they're doing huge improvements on their inefficient service I'd be pretty annoyed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    I think Oz Post have been losing money for a while. I wonder if this will be the answer to their problems though?
    I don't think so. If anything I think it will make people look more at alternative methods - ie. like sending documents/bills/statements by email by default.

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    I think postage needs to be privatized to introduce some competition to improve service. It's usually cheaper to send packages using a private service so I think sending letters this way would be much better.
    I don't send much mail so it won't really affect me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JR03 View Post
    I think postage needs to be privatized to introduce some competition to improve service. It's usually cheaper to send packages using a private service so I think sending letters this way would be much better.
    I don't send much mail so it won't really affect me.
    This is happening in the UK, our regular mail gets delivered by two different companies (Royal Mail and TNT) and then packages come from a pretty big variety of companies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdornedWithCats View Post
    I don't think so. If anything I think it will make people look more at alternative methods - ie. like sending documents/bills/statements by email by default.
    agreed. I think there have been inefficiencies and problems for a while which probably will not be resolved by simply adding to the cost of a postage stamp.

    privatization is definitely not a bad idea but I wonder what the cost of stamps will be then! you'd need a few providers to keep the prices competitive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HollyGolightly81 View Post
    Obviously doesn't currently affect me as I'm in the UK, but that's insane! Australia post is already stupidly expensive, sending packages overseas is ridiculous, so much cheaper sending from the UK and US. They're also just an awful service, the amount of times they lost our mail, posted it in mailboxes in other apartment complexes, damaged, etc. Unless they're doing huge improvements on their inefficient service I'd be pretty annoyed!
    I'm surprised by this view. Australia post is actually considered one of the leading edge postal services in the world. If it's not first its second in terms of using cutting edge technology.

    As for British post I thought they seemed to always be on strike. I've lost track of the number of times things sent to me from the uk have gone missing or are delayed due to strikes. The weather seems to also have an impact on mail in Europe.

    I tried sending a parcel from New York once and it was stupidly expensive. I can't comment beyond that.

    The reality is most people don't post small items anymore and like many services like eBay for eg, they are discouraging the use of them by small users by charging more.

    I don't think the increase will cover costs. I think it's being increased for symbolic reasons.

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    I don't know much about this at all, but I have a question for those of you who do... Given many people now shop online, and therefore have items posted to them, doesn't this generate significant income for Australia Post? I understand the humble letter has mostly been replaced by email, but surely parcel post has increased significantly?

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