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Sunday delivery: love it or hate it?

Asked by Jeruba (50627points) July 2nd, 2016

The USPS inaugurated Sunday deliveries in the run-up to Christmas 2015. I thought it was only for the season. Now it seems to have become routine for Amazon Prime.

If I could opt out of it, I would. Rarely have I ever needed anything that fast, and even if I did, it wouldn’t hurt to wait a day.

What’s more, I do not want my doorbell to ring and wake me up at 9:30 on Sunday morning, especially when I’m not going to read that book or don that shirt right then anyway. I prefer knowing that there’s one day a week when I can safely ignore the doorbell, instead of worrying that a parcel left conspicuously on the doorstep is likely to get stolen.

And I don’t ever want a drone to bring me anything, unless it’s life-saving medicine in a situation too dire even to contemplate at present.

How do you feel about Sunday deliveries? Welcome instant gratification or totally unnecessary marketing gimmick?

Tags as I wrote them: parcels, USPS, Amazon, deliveries, Sundays, consumer demands, overzealous marketing.

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28 Answers

cookieman's avatar

I agree. What’s more I wish stores were still closed on Sunday. I like the idea of a day where most people rest and recharge.

I’m old fashioned like that.

Buttonstc's avatar

I agree. And the idea of actually spending money to get something delivered faster is just strange to me.

Most of the things I order over the internet are just not that crucial to have immediately.

I could easily skip Sundays altogether. Nit everything in life simply must be available 24/7.

JLeslie's avatar

What? I was in favor of USPS going to a 5 day week to save gas and salary dollars. If indeed it would actually work out that way when it’s all calculated. I thought it would be nice to let the delivery people pick their 5 day schedule for residential. I didn’t care which day of the week. Give them some flexibility in some territories.

I guess, I prefer not to have the postman knock on my door on a sunday, but just delivering the mail to the box is fine. I don’t get many packages to my door, so if there was Sunday delivery it wouldn’t be a big deal.

I don’t go to the mailbox daily. I prefer to not have a pattern so when I’m out of town a few days it isn’t obvious. It depends where I live though. House mailbox is different than an apartment mailbox.

imrainmaker's avatar

It should be welcome move for those who don’t want to waste 1 day..if you don’t want it’s your decision.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

It’s a bit much. Not Sunday.

Cruiser's avatar

Sunday for me has always been a sacred day off where except for the ER…IMHO nothing should be open. 7/11’s came on scene in the 70’s and broke the Sabbath day-off mold and life has not been the same since. Plus if you look at what it must cost the USPS to send postal carriers out on the weekends it is no wonder that they are billions in the red.

Pachy's avatar

I really have no problem with Sunday deliveries, and sometimes I DO want something overnight. For me the only thing sacred about Sunday is catching up on weekend news and perhaps eating a bagel with lox and cream cheese. No one has ever rung my bell too early to bother me, although I can’t speak for my doorbell-shy cat.

I also have to say that I’m glad USPS is trying to compete with other shipping types. Most of the stuff I order from Amazon (which, because I’m a Prime member, is my main source for many products and which I use a lot!) winds up coming via USPS anyway.

stanleybmanly's avatar

I’m inclined to agree with Jeruba, but the 7 day delivery is just one more indicator of what’s in store. That is that the people coming up behind us should be disabused of such concepts as “a day of rest”. Those of us who take a 5 day 40 hour work week as “the norm” will die out as such occupations go the way of the dinosaurs. The new fashion nowadays is the benefit free “part time” job any 2 of which combine to far in excess of 40 hours yet barely allow the mules condemned to such dudgerry to scrape by. As you would expect, it’s the truly chicken shit corporations such as banks and retail chains which embrace such “innovations” as the model to plague not only those on the bottom. The contagion creeps upwards to infect the mid level workforce and beyond in our beleaguered brave new world.

elbanditoroso's avatar

The Sunday Blue laws train left the station. Things are going to be open on Sunday forever. I personally hated being coerced into shopping (or whatever) on Saturday because some whiny old Christians thought that Sunday was church day.

Closing Sunday also caused hardships for orthodox Jews. Why should they suffer?

USPS Sunday delivery is great. Clearly there is money being made by the Post Office or they wouldn’t be providing it. It’s a great enhancement to their service. I’m all for it,

Seek's avatar

No skin off my nose. It’s 7:41 am on Sunday, and I’m awake, as always.

My day of rest is completely dependent upon my husband’s work schedule. It very rarely coincides with the traditional weekend. Having the hardware stores closed on a Sunday would be a hardship and damaging to his business.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

Some people seem to despise having a broader range of options.

This baffles me.

JLeslie's avatar

Regarding the sabath and blue laws, not everyone has their sabath on Sunday. For me, Saturday was my day to do nothing, not because I’m Jewish, but because after working M-F I’m exhausted. I need to collapse Saturday. As for business being open 7 days a week, I’m ok with that. What I’m disgusted by is very extended hours in businesses that really don’t need it. Christmas it is truly abused now and so are the employees. Macy’s and Best Buy don’t need to be open at midnight Thanksgiving night. It isn’t a 24 hour pharmacy to help those who are sick at 2am.

Working on Sunday and having Tuesday off meant I could easily schedule doctors appointments and the cable guy. The trick is carving out family time. It really depends on your situation. Married, kids, no kids, spouse works odd hours too, etc. in retail our work week was Sun-Saturday, which meant we could line up F-M without taking a vacation day. What sucked was retail demands more work on holidays. If it was a business without that demand, the flexibility would be welcome.

That’s all kind of off topic though, because your question was about whether the customer wants the delivery, or wants the businesses open on Sunday. Do you want grocery stores, shopping malls, doctors, and movie theatres to be open on Sunday? People conducting business, just not at your door?

flutherother's avatar

Amazon delivers very quickly already without using Sundays. Sunday is a chillout day for me and I don’t want or need deliveries from Amazon. There is nothing that can’t wait until Monday.

Brian1946's avatar

I’ve never received a delivery via the USPS on Sunday.

I’m currently retired, so the only days I don’t usually have totally free are Wednesday and Saturday.

If I was going to have a big-ticket item delivered, I’d ask them to deliver it on any day except those two.

The last two major items I had delivered were a new fridge in September, 2011, and a washer & dryer in May, 2005. As I recall, they let me choose the delivery day, as long as it wasn’t Sunday.

Regarding small-item deliveries from Amazon: I don’t want to be bothered with those on any day of the week, which is why I had them deliver my last purchase to one of their lockers.

marinelife's avatar

If they don’t, they should have an option to specify no Sunday deliveries. Have you contacted them?

Jeruba's avatar

So this morning (a Sunday) it wasn’t a 9:30 a.m. doorbell. It was 10:00. The effect was the same, blasting me awake after I’d been up half the night taking someone to the ER. I still had to get up and get the package (it was an Amazon order delivered by USPS) off the porch so it wouldn’t be stolen. This neighborhood used to be pretty safe, but it isn’t now.

I didn’t say no one should get a Sunday delivery. I said I’d like to opt out of it. So far that does not seem to be a delivery option.

This all pretty much applies to parcels, not first-class mail.

JLeslie's avatar

I’ve never had a Sunday delivery. I’m interested to know if that’s a new service, or if your particular post person chooses to deliver on Sunday, because of their own personal schedule.

Jeruba's avatar

@JLeslie, we received a formal notice probably around mid-November of last year that the post office would begin Sunday delivery of packages. I assumed it was more than a local initiative.

I thought that change was just to cope with the seasonal volume because, of course, so many people are doing their shopping online these days. Package delivery in December used to be about exchange of gifts and not about shoppers receiving their orders, so there’s much more of it now. I thought it would stop after the holidays, but it didn’t.

When I ordered the item that came today, I didn’t know it would be delivered on Sunday. I didn’t know that until I got the “your order has shipped” message—too late to make any change.

I used to freely ignore the annoying Sunday morning doorbell, which used to be Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormons or local “Bible students” wanting to give me an important message. Now it might be my husband’s new coffee pot or my son’s solar lamp, or a book for me, and I’m the only one who hears the bell ring.

Brian1946's avatar


“I still had to get up and get the package (it was an Amazon order delivered by USPS) off the porch so it wouldn’t be stolen.”

Have you considered using Amazon’s locker option?

JLeslie's avatar

@Jeruba Interesting. It seems this Sunday delivery is no extra charge. That would possibly be seen as a competitive edge against the other mail services.

Jeruba's avatar

@Brian1946, good suggestion, but no. If I have to go someplace to pick it up, it defeats the point of ordering online for delivery. I might as well just go to a local store and buy the thing.

Buttonstc's avatar

Have you considered calling Amazon? If you can get high enough up the ladder to a manager/supervisor perhaps there’s a way that you could postpone the shipping an extra day or two to avoid a Sunday delivery.

My guess is that they’d want to try to correct whatever is making a good customer like yourself unhappy. My experience with their customer service dept. has been positive.

jca's avatar

I have stuff delivered from Amazon to my work address, and somewhere I’ve had to answer “is this a business address” and they know (somebody knows, somewhere somehow) that it’s not open on the weekends. So if I order something on a Thursday, the delivery date will be Monday because they know that Saturday and Sunday are not an option.

Maybe you could notify them that your address is a business and you’re not available on Sundays.

Jeruba's avatar

I spent some while today (Sunday) searching Amazon’s website to try to find any reference to Sunday delivery or delivery options, but failed. The doorbell got me again at 9:30 this morning. The packages aren’t even mine.

@Buttonstc, do you have any idea how to find a phone number? I honestly doubt that an operation of that scale wants to deal with phone calls from customers, but I would call if I knew how.

In any event, Amazon couldn’t call for Sunday delivery by the USPS if the USPS didn’t permit it. Maybe that’s the place to start: my local post office.

Buttonstc's avatar


Here’s the number I found a few years back. I assume it’s still operational. Just be sure to get a manager or supervisor (that’s what I did and got good reaults) Since most front line phone people don’t know much or don’t have the authority to change anything.

Also, since @jca discovered that having your address classified as a business evidently avoids weekend delivery, perhaps that’s the simplest route to go if you could just have them change the classification of your address on file to that of a business.
If I remember correctly, the way I obtained this number was to drill down a little from a “Customer Service” link.

However, when I tried to do the same thing this time, that didn’t seem to be an option.

So, I remembered that I had likely put it into my contacts on my old iPhone because it did take me considerable effort to find it to begin with.

Let us know how (or even if) This number works for you.

jca's avatar

@Jeruba: Amazon definitely has phone numbers. I called the other day to discuss a return for a damaged item. Go to Amazon and they have email contact, chat contact and phone contact. I did phone contact, and they have “call us” or “we call you.” The second I clicked on “we call you” my phone rang. It was them.

jca's avatar

Google “Amazon contact us.” You’ll get a page asking what your issue is. Click on the different issue, then type of contact, then voila.

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