When you consider that you can now print online postage, it’s really amazing to see how far we have come in the field of mail delivery. If you take a trip back in time, written communication was initially limited to the rich and famous. Only those who had power and prestige were taught to write and read. It was considered a privileged art. At that time, written correspondence was often limited to items of great importance such as declarations of war, peace treaties and other life-changing events.
Over time, writing and sending letters became a more common occurrence. However, the transport systems were quite slow. If you lived in the same county as where you were sending the letter it may have gotten there in days or weeks, depending on when someone was going the right way to carry the letter into the town where it was supposed to be delivered. If you really needed to get something delivered quickly, you would likely pay a messenger to take just your letter. However, this could still take days as they courier could only go as fast as their horse would carry. As people traveled further in the world, ships became letter carriers, often taking months to get notes to their destinations. The progression continued with trains coming into the mix, then cars, and now you can get any letter you need to send anywhere in the world in just a day or so.
Stamps.com lets you do it yourself 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.. It’s the easiest, most convenient way to manage your mailing needs. All it takes is a PC and a scale to print USPS-approved postage for envelopes, packages, and even Priority Mail right from home or office. You may never have to go out unnecessarily again.
While this seemed impressive enough, it wasn’t until the past few years that the next level was reached. Now you no longer have to even go to the post office to ship letters. You can now do it from the comfort of your own home. Instead of waiting in a long line, especially around the holidays, you can do it at your leisure, put it on the letter, and drop it in your mail box for the carrier to pick up when they come around for the day.
In many cases, you can even save money. The post office has realized that the more peopledo this, the fewer people have to go into the post office. If they can shorten the lines enough, they don’t have to have as many clerks which means they can save money. The best part for them is that they can save money while they are still getting a nice income from what you are printing at home.
In order to encourage more of this, they have started offering discounts. While it may just be a few pennies on a letter, it is substantially more for a package. If you do a lot of shipping, you can rake up a good savings.
With the advances the service has made in the past years, it’s anyone’s guess where they will advance next But, most agree, the ability to print online postage from home is going to be a hard act to top.