OK, the above covers how to get some of your privacy back into your life, where it belongs. It was a total surprise to me, that it was handled on the Federal level. Thanks FTC !
Stopping That Unwanted Junk Mail
|Mail Preference Service
Direct Marketing Association
P.O. Box 9008
Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008
|Director of List Maintenance|
One Univac Lane
Windsor, CT 06095-0755
Both of those addresses are included in the Excel spreadsheet, downloadable right from this page, so you can track your progress, on the simple spreadsheet file. Use it to your advantage. If you are a saavy Excel user, modify it to your heart's content. In short, whatever you download from this page is yours.
The spreadsheet is only to serve as a tracking device for your own interest, and nothing on this page is meant to slam or slander any entity, including the United States Postal Service.
But let's face it, If someone offers the Post Office
37¢ 44¢ to send a letter (or whatever discount businesses get these days), do you think the USPS is going to come to the aid of the home resident who complains of too much junk mail? OR, do you think the USPS will continue to send the junk mail, because of some company that can waste 44¢ ?
In my opinion, the answer to that would be "in favor of the business". And I never expect the Postal Service to come to the aid of private residents, other than providing the Farmingdale, or Windsor addresses.
But then again, you have to ask for it. It's not like they post it out in the open, next to the mug-shots. If writing to the addresses works for you as well as it did for me, that's great. But keep in mind that you may begin to receive it again, after a year or two (so I'm told), so you may need to write them again. But still, isn't it great to know you can finally control it ? I'm sure the postman would appreciate knowing that he's not carrying around mostly junk mail. And if everyone wrote to have their names removed, the important mail would likely get through faster. (Theoretically then, the phone systems would experience the same benefit, if junk email and telemarketing calls were eliminated).
But this is all in regards to your residential address mail delivery.
This message is not meant to slam any company that produces a relevant product or service, and is not targeted against any company whatsoever. The intent is to provide simple instructions in support of those who can't stand to get so much unsolicited mail, and to let them know there is some way out of that.
1st Step - Save your junk mail !Don't throw away anymore junk mail. That's right. Keep it all for a month or two. Make sure you've accumulated all the unwanted mail. After all, it's how you're going to make sure it stops. Ads, brochures and whatever often come with 1-800 numbers or addresses. But, don't trust the addresses. They may just be P.O. Boxes and who knows what they do with that mail. That P.O. box may just be emptied and trashed, as the company expects requests to stop mail, at that P.O. box. So, look for a 1-800 number on the unwanted mail, and save your 37¢ postage (it's a rip-off, anyway, I think). So, call the 1-800 #, and request to be taken off the mailing list. Make a notation on the unwanted mail that you called the company. Wait for another month to see if you get it again.
2nd Step - Write to the two addresses aboveNow ! Write to those 2 addresses above and see. Different people may get different results. But if you don't do it now, the world may never know by how much it's landfills could have been reduced.
Writing to them may sometimes not be enough Though writing to those 2 addresses to request removal may result in freeing your mailbox space considerably, there may be times where nothing will work except direct contact with the company.
Do not be discouraged! That's why it's most efficient to write the two addresses above and see how much junk mail is actually eliminated, before you try the next steps.
3rd Step - Direct Contact with the offending companyIf you saved your junk mail from the first month, as suggested from above, and it's now let's say 2 or 3 months later, compare the amount you now get with what you saved from that first month. By this time, you should have tried calling the 1-800 #s, if supplied on any of the advertisements. Remember, try to get corporate information, which will list the headquarters, if you need to mail your stop requests. Their P.O. Box addresses are not worth your
37¢44¢. Doing a web search on corporate headquarters may help, but I wouldn't submit such a request via email.
Credit Card Advertisements
It seems just as many companies are soliciting you to sign up for this or that credit card. When it comes to those companies, the rules above apply, but you may need to contact a few other addresses. At least one of which will mail you a form to fill out for address removal requests, and then to mail it back.
For those companies, download the following Word Document, which as far as I know is free of viruses. NEVER TRUST such a document from ANYONE, if you don't have an up-to-date virus checker on the computer which you intend to open the document.
To open the list, click this link: Stopmail.doc
Junk Mail Tracker (right-click on me and select 'Save Target As' from the menu, if you want to save the Excel spreadsheet file onto your hard drive. This file should open with NO macros enabled. If you open the file, and it prompts you with some message regarding macros, STOP and DELETE the file Immediately. Otherwise, you're OK :)