Probably the most consistent searches I get involve getting rid of junk mail. I can totally relate, I hate junk mail for a variety of reasons. They’re a disaster for the environment coming and going, and they’re annoying to people who find them jammed into their mailboxes, oftentimes to the exclusion of other mail.
I feel for small businesses, trying to get consumers’ attention, but I don’t really think mailbox stuffers are the best way to do that. In fact, I look these things over, and I lose respect for the businesses that perpetuate this irresponsible practice. I wonder how much business they lose from people who feel the same way I do about their advertising methods.
When I called a business owner friend of mine, seeing his ad in one of these circulars, he told me the ad-rag was locally produced and generated jobs. I refused to get into an argument about jobs or the environment. I just kept telling him about the opt-out law, that they have to provide that information on the ad-rag somewhere. He had to agree, it can be annoying to get your mailbox stuffed full of junk, and he finally told me, call the phone number listed at the top, “For Advertising Information“. So, I did, and I got a very cooperative gentleman. I was very polite, I just told him, “I’d like to get off the mailing list for Chico Shoppers Guide.” He seemed a little flustered, but he fumbled through, taking my name and address. “It might take a few weeks,” he said – they all say that. I haven’t got another one, you see the date there is March 2014.
One of the easiest opt-outs is GEICO.
I was getting those at my house, bunches, weekly or even more often, and in duplicate at my business PO Box. So, I went to their website and sha-ZAM! Haven’t got another one of those. But then my husband started getting them, and we got one addressed to “boxholder.” I sat patiently down at their website and filled out an opt-out for each of the “addressees” we’d received junk for, and that was the end of those too, immediately.
I don’t know how you feel about Trader Joe’s grocery store – I haven’t shopped there since the first time, when I got a lecture from the checker regarding her disdain for people who don’t bring their own re-usable bags. Their stuff isn’t that great, and it’s expensive, so we never been back anyway. But, we started getting the Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer, this little brown paper magazine full of monthly specials and sales pitches for obscure foods. There’s a snail mail address on the front, but I’ve found, you spend the time writing your nice letter to stop the mailers, and you print it on nice paper and you stick a stamp on your envelope, and you mail it off, and by the time they respond you forgot you sent it. And they have sent you a form to fill out and sign, requesting to opt out, yadda yadda, and you get out another stamped envelope, etc. It usually works, but if I can find a website, I’d rather do it that way. So I just google, “opt out whatever”, and that works. Today I googled “opt out of Trader Joe’s junk mail,” and there it was,
Just love the internet! I like that website – Stop Junk Mail Today
I filled that form out, so, I hope that’s the last I see of that weird little rag.
I used to get so much junk mail, it took a ridiculous amount of my time, sorting through it for things that might be important, trying to figure out how to discard of stuff that contained “sensitive personal information” – like all those GD credit card offers. I got rid of those by writing letters to all three credit agencies – see this post:
I haven’t had another one of them.
People give up too easy sometimes – I know, you think your efforts don’t matter. Well, they do!