Post by Wes Groleau Post by Julie Bove
I did do that. I even paid money to stop with the mailings. And it seemed
Any that came with a prepaid envelope, I sent back to them with a
letter explaining that I can no longer dispose of their trash for
Of course it doesn't always work (in fact, it usually doesn't), but
it helped a little. Helped a little more to include another copy
the next time with an invoice.
It does work, it just requires time due to the nature of mass mailings
and mailing lists. I have been virtually junk mail free for 3 decades.
The following procedure will have no apparent effect for order 6
months, but by the end of a year or so you will be down to very
little. It relies on the principle that junk mail costs a few cents
in postage, but prepaid envelopes cost the recipient the full 1st
class rate plus a premium. Last time I knew, the premium was 5 cents
which means it costs at least 49 cents to the company. Basically, you
need to convince the mailing sub contractor that you are a crazy nut
and every time they send you something it will cost their customer
money and annoyance and it is worth your while to remove the addressee
from your list to keep your customers happy. They are not happy
paying 50 cents for no sale.
Every time you get a mailer with a prepaid return envelope, tear up
whatever was in it and the envelope and stuff it in the return
envelope. Be very careful not to tear up your name and address and
place that on the top of the pile of scrap. If there is room, you can
put other scrap in it as well since if you make 2 oz. it will cost
them twice as much.
If you get junk with a prepaid post card, write, "take me off your
list" and send it back.
I found that sorting out the junk mail started to change from an
annoyance to a small daily pleasure, but that may be just me.
It has been explained to me many, many times why this will not work.
On the other hand, I receive a very small amount of junk. Usually it
amounts to a couple pieces a month.
Every couple of years or so, my name and address will be discovered by
somebody and sold to junk mailers and I will receive a spike of junk
mail. I continue to follow my procedure and within a month or two it
goes back down to essentially 0.