A number of older people I know now take advantage of the Australia Post concession stamps. They cost 60¢ each compared with normal letter post of 70¢ which is a nice little saving. As they say "every penny counts."
As we in Australia know, Australia Post is running at a loss when it comes to 'snail mail' as so many people these days have chosen to go 'paperless' when it comes to bills, bank statements etc., and of course emails and mobile 'phone text messages have become the order of the day. as a means of keeping in touch with others. Consequently, many less letters are being sent than many years ago when it was often our own means of communication with others.
Australia Post have come up with a way of lessening their losses on snail mail and from 4 January next year stamps for normal letter are going up quite considerably, possibly to as much as $1 each. This would mean that concession stamps at 60¢ would indeed be a bargain. But wait!! There's more.
In the mail this past week we received a letter from Australia Post telling us that as of 4 January next year all letters carrying concession stamps could take up to two days longer than 'normal' mail to reach their destination. "Whoops" thought I "if anyone is having a birthday we must remember to send the card a few days earlier."
Then I read on to find that if a person using a concession 60¢ stamp wanted their mail to be delivered in 'normal' time then they could add a priority sticker to their envelope. The only catch there.....the priority sticker would cost 50¢!! That would mean if we used our concession stamp and wanted the letter/card to arrive in 'normal' time it would cost us $1.10....10¢ more than normal mail (that is if stamps from 1 January are going to cost $1).
My reaction to this .... we will continue using our 60¢ concession stamps always bearing in mind we must be on our toes and post letters/cards several days sooner than we would have done in the past.
P.S. This year to post Christmas cards within Australia it costs 65¢ so using concession stamps does save us 5¢. One can't help wondering though how long it will be before concession stamps go up and how much our Christmas cards are going to cost to post come December, 2016.