SALINAS, Calif - At the post office on Alisal Street in Salinas, Jill Zande of Toro Park is getting that Christmas package in the mail just in time. It cost her about $18 to send a medium-size box. A price that could add up since she has a few packages.
“I have more to come,” Zande said.
Zande is not alone. Some 200 million packages are projected to be sent this week nationwide. Also, 15 billion packages have been shipped since Thanksgiving. At the Alisal office crews ship about 1,500 per day at with around 8,000 to 9,000 per week. There were crowds Monday. Supervisor Alex Jaochico says between the two Salinas offices the staff served thousands of people, but it’s all hands on deck and they moved people through relatively quickly.
“Not a problem at all. We did not have any issues,” said Salinas resident Pat Romero when asked how the lines were on Monday.
If you want your gifts to arrive in time for Christmas the deadline for domestic first class mail service is Dec. 19th, priority is Dec. 20th and priority mail express is Dec. 22nd. The longer you wait the more it’s going to cost you. Packages will be more expensive too, but to send a letter just pay for a stamp.
“No packages, (I send) checks,” said Romero.