How to remove yourself from catalog mailing lists
you live in a swing state, memories of the October and November rash of
glossy campaign fliers are probably still fresh in your mind.
They drove me nutty since I couldn't use them as firestarters, couldn't
mulch with them, couldn't put them in the worm bin. But there is
a silver lining --- the angst pushed me over the edge into putting an
end to the catalogs coming into my mailbox.
Without really noticing
it, I seem to have gotten onto dozens of
gardening catalog mailing lists. This is pretty funny because I
only order seeds and plants online and only from about three companies
someone sold my information far and wide. Equally clearly, our
society hasn't become advanced enough to put an "internet customer
only" notice beside my name.
At first, I was manually
removing myself from each list. If
you're prepared with the Customer ID number (usually close to your name in a blue box
on the mailing label), you can get off a list after about three minutes
on the phone. A few companies won my approval by having automated
catalog-removal buttons right on their websites, and I've also sent
emails to customer service addresses (although I'm less confident that
last technique will work).
But the catalogs kept
coming! Not from the same companies
(although 30 seconds of each three minute phone call is usually an
explanation that they print catalogs months in advance, so you may get
two or three more editions before you're off the list for good).
decided to try Catalog Choice.
This non-profit didn't win my approval four years ago when I last
visited them because they
hadn't heard of many of the catalogs I was receiving, but the internet
hive mind seems to have done its job well in the interim --- my
post-Christmas armload companies were all present and accounted for.
I know that a few of you
probably enjoy your gardening porn, but I hope this will remind others
to get rid of junk mail before it starts.
Not only will you prevent waste, you may also find you've developed a
more healthy relationship with your mailbox when the only contents are
letters from old friends and Christmas cards from the neighbors.
I'm afraid I don't know
how to get off those political mailing lists, but I've got another four
years to figure that one out....
Our chicken waterer comes with the minimal
packaging and I never mail out paper catalogs or sell people's
addresses. Shouldn't that be standard?
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