Are mailboxes becoming obsolete too?

do you still have mailboxes? - Mailboxes becoming obsolete.
@bounce58 (17524)
Canada
December 2, 2009 5:32pm CST
I saw this movie Stand by me a few days ago, and I saw these kids using the mailboxes as targets as they swung a baseball bat from a moving car. Since email and texting has become the more popular forms of communication; and more and more companies are switching to paperless billing, are mailboxes becoming obsolete too? I have a mailbox at home, but the only things I get there are flyers and unsolicited mails. My bills are all online, even bank statements. Packages go straight to the door to be received. If nobody's home, they leave stick-ons on the door telling us where to pick up the package. Makes me think what I need this mailbox for?! Are they going to become antiques? I want to get a head start in collecting beautiful mailboxes. Do you still have uses for mailboxes?
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@hvedra (1623)
4 Dec 09
I read that the "cure" for mailbox baseball was to get two boxes, one larger than the other, put the smaller one inside the large one and fill the gap between the two with concrete. You need a very sturdy post to put it on but the kids will only whack it ONCE... We have cut out the junk mail but we still get some mail and magazine subscriptions, etc. We like our mailbox as it means unless a package is large or has to be signed for the postman doesn't have to disturb us.
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
4 Dec 09
Great idea for the double mailbox! I could just imagine if for some reason the bat would miss the mailbox, and a body part would hit it, a lot of hurt will be inflicted by that heavy mailbox.
@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
3 Dec 09
The USPS still delivers bills to us, and of course sometimes even packages... so it hasn't become obsolete yet for us. I guess it never will after all we get our local phonebook in the mailbox (it's small enough to fit) and there's always the water testing, hmm... stamps from the mail carrier, etc...
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
3 Dec 09
But phonebooks are also now available online. What's water testing? Stamps from mail carrier, that too will go away because you wouldn't need it for emails. The USPS bills, one day someone in the company will think of saving the trees and will also push for online bills. [i]I'm just pushing to make the mailbox obsolete so I can start my mailbox collection. I can't do anything about packages (that wouldn't fit on the mailbox right?)[/i]
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
11 Dec 09
Sorry it took so long for me to comment back. Yes, I forgot about phonebooks on the web, even our small communities is on the web, but then again it's comprised of "the valley" which is several different counties... In any case, hmmm... There are some packages like books that are small enough and then again they have those huge mailboxes now a days... hmmm... Let's see... Well it is good to go paperless... and mailbox collecting would be fun. Do you intend to steal people's mailboxes? Come on, you know you've seen those cute ones that you didn't know existed until you drove by one.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
11 Dec 09
...intend to steal people's mailboxes... Hmmm, you just gave me an idea! Well, if they're not using it...
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@jewels49 (1783)
• United States
3 Dec 09
Hey Bounce, when we moved into town we had to get a box at the post office and we had just bought an expensive rubbermaid mailbox..because we used to live in the country and had lost 2 metal ones to mailbox baseball. I took the old one painted it, stenciled some flowers on it and stuck it on a post in the middle of one of my flower beds..that's where I stash my garden hand tools and my gloves. And occasionally one of the boys throws in a frog or small snake just to let me know they were thinking of me.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
4 Dec 09
Good idea! Old mailboxes to keep garden tools. But still, it proves that their original use is all for naught. And occasionally one of the boys throws in a frog or small snake just to let me know they were thinking of me. Who are these boys? Do you get a jump when you reach for your tools?
@jewels49 (1783)
• United States
4 Dec 09
You're right not the normal use, it has been repurposed. Ah my boys..that would be my son and the bunch he has hung out with since elementary school. I jumped the first time, now I look before I reach, they don't always leave live creatures, last year on mother's day, the whole bunch of them left me a card and a package of bulbs for me to plant.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
4 Dec 09
That is very sweet indeed!
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
3 Dec 09
Hi bounce, well we don't have mailboxes here and didn't in the UK either, there we had letter boxes in the front doors. But here I need neither as the postman won't come to the house, instead he leaves it at a designated spot in the village. If he has a registered letter he leaves a note to tell me he has one and I then have to find him as he tends to drive round with them in his car.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
4 Dec 09
I can see that, that is very convenient if you are the postman. It makes his or her job easier. But isn't that a little unfair for the people? In a sense, he's not being a postman anymore. He's just a delivery guy, one who gets the letter from the post office and delivers it to that designated spot. Am I right? Or maybe a middleman?
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
4 Dec 09
The postman has a busy route, he has to drive to many outlying villages and catch up on the gossip everywhere to take around with him. He's very obliging and if I pass him on the road he'll squeal to a halt to give me my post if he has it, but generally it is just something that is accepted here. Unless one lives in the centre of the village most of the houses are down the most appalling roads and if he went to everyone it would take a week to deliver one days post, not to mention do irreperable damage to his car. My dirt track alone full of mud and pot holes takes nearly 5 minutes to drive along in 1st gear before concrete is reached.
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
3 Dec 09
That is a very old movie. This still goes on though. Kids don't realize that messing with mail boxes is a federal offence. I don't think that the mail box will ever go away. There are still too many people that don't email or texting or are even on the internet or have cell phones.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
4 Dec 09
Yeah! very old movie. I wasn't sure if messing with mailboxes were a federal offence. Thanks for clarifying that up.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
4 Dec 09
Your welcome.
• United States
3 Dec 09
Hello bounce...oh my lord, Stand By Me is one of my favorite movies and I know the exact part you are talking about when Ace and his friends are smashing the mail boxes with the bat...where i live we still use mailboxes but most boxes are attached to the houses unless you are in the country which still use mailboxes like in the movie. I have heard rumors that the post offices are going to be closing but I don't think that that will ever fully happen there may come a time when the mail is only delivered a few times a week but to fully shut down is all most impossible because even while there are so many people that are paying bills online and such there are just as many people that don't use the internet at all so they need there mailman to deliever it...
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
4 Dec 09
I just couldn't believe how chubby Jerry O'connell looked in that movie. I also don't think the post office will fully close. Maybe a once a week delivery at most.
• United States
5 Dec 09
Me too, quite a difference from now a days and now he is with Rebecca and has twins
@yan_blue8 (1439)
• Philippines
3 Dec 09
Hi bounce! I don't think mailboxes are becoming obsolete. Unlike you, we still received ALL of our bills on it.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
4 Dec 09
Good to know that they still have uses at other parts of the world.
@yan_blue8 (1439)
• Philippines
4 Dec 09
Yes it has! Especially here in the Philippines. Where are you from by the way?
@maezee (31573)
• United States
2 Dec 09
Well, I live in a city, so we generally don't have cute mailboxes at the end of our driveways, like some places do in the suburbs or in rural areas. We just have the ones that connect directly to our houses, and thus the mail falls.. on the floor of my closet. Quite silly, it is, now that I think about it. lol. I would really like to have a cute mailbox, though, but there's just not any place to put it. And I'm sure it would get either stolen or messed with by some punks in the neighborhood. lol. So, on second thought, no thanks. lol. But I do think that regular mail is becoming obselete, which is kind of sad, because I enjoy receiving mail! (So long as it's not bills or junk mail - which is mainly what I get!). I love getting hand-written letters and postcards in the mail, which usually only happens if I remind a friend who's going out of town to get me one.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
2 Dec 09
So, I am right then! Nice looking mailboxes will become collectors item. Not to be placed outside to serve its purpose, but to be part of an interior design (look a few years in the future). This could even be one of those things where if you sold it years from now, it might fetch you a some of money. Thanks for responding. But it is nice though, to get handwritten letters...
@poingly (606)
• United States
14 Dec 09
Well, the other problem is how do you ship the stuff that you actually purchase online? Though some companies use UPS/FedEx, I've had plenty that ship through the USPS too.
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
3 Dec 09
No I do not think mailboxes are become obsolete. There are still probably million of people who get their bills by mail. I am one of them and I do not want or trust doing my bills online. If it does become obsolete then the post offices will have to close.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
4 Dec 09
Maybe that's what the post people do?! Still trying to convice people that mailboxes are not obsolete, so they don't lose their jobs.
@kafueenu (1073)
• Philippines
3 Dec 09
We never had a mailbox haha, the mailman just stucks the mail between the bars of our gate. But the only mail we receive now is phone bills, electric bills, and stuff hehehe.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
4 Dec 09
If you want, these bills will also be available on line, right?
• Philippines
3 Dec 09
You are a keen observer. Your post made me think when was the last time we've received mails via the mailbox at the front gate. Like you, I receive my bank statements and credit card bills online. Even my club membership newsletters are being sent via e-mail. Legal documents are normally sent via registered mails which require signature from the recipient so the postman goes directly to our front door. Oh, I remember. We do receive our monthly electricity and water bills thru our mailbox. Aside from these two, no more.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
4 Dec 09
Give it time, and both your water and electricity bills will also be available on line soon. If not for the advancement of technology, they will also convert to save trees. Thanks!