Have you ever thought about sending a postal package to someone, and wished you could send it for free? The hassle of having to go to a post office, wait in line, and pay x-amount of money. Blerg. I want to just set the package outside my door, have it picked up, and sent.
I just want to put the package into one spot and have it be done. Kinda like how the internet works. You just drag a file into a box, and send it. Done. Whether it’s through an email attachment. Or via dropbox. You just send it off. All for free.
Imagine if mail was free. Would we mail more stuff?
And besides, the internet really isn’t free. Most people pay $20-$50/month to an Internet Service Provider like Comcast or AT&T.
What if before the internet came around, the Post Office had a monthly deal where you pay $5/month to send as much mail as you want. I bet people would have sent lots of mail.
Actually, what would happen if the Post Office made that deal today? As much mail for $5/month. People love getting mail. I would start a little exchange where I send random stuff to people. Fun printouts. Little sculptures.
During Christmas, I send about 120 Christmas cards, about $50 in stamps. If the Post Office charged me $60 for unlimited mail during the year… hmmm. Wow. I would probably double or triple my Christmas card list. Christmas cards for everyone!!!
What would you do with unlimited postal mail?
(image from Elena Ferrer of Jalón, Spain)