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Go Green By Stopping Unwanted Mailings

Twelve years ago, I made an effort to cancel the delivery of a free weekly newspaper that I have been receiving for years—and never read. It turned out to be an easy thing to do and they happily took my cancellation. The delivery of that paper immediately stopped—until I installed my new mailbox! I understood […]

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What If There Was No Mail?

On Monday this week (in the United States) we had no mail delivery because of Veterans’ Day. To miss mail for one day is not a problem, but what if this occurred on a regular basis? What if Saturday delivery was omitted or we only received mail three days a week? (These ideas are considerations […]

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Being a Substitute is No Excuse

We had some frustration taking delivery of a package today.  It’s not the first time and, I’m quite sure, it won’t be the last.  Sometimes our packages are delivered to the wrong address; other times — like today — the drivers don’t really attempt to make the delivery, they just leave a notice.  Twice, they’ve […]

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Snowplow vs the US Mail

Last fall, the USPS notified me that my once acceptably positioned mailbox was no longer acceptable. It needed to be moved closer to the road so that I could reliably receive mail during the snowy winter months. I determined that it was in my best interest to acquiesce to their “request” and reposition my mailbox […]

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Stopping Unwanted Catalogs

In the past, I have blogged about my efforts to stop unwanted newspapers and magazines from showing up uninvited in my mailbox.  This task has been quite successful and I have found that most publishers make it easy to be removed from their mailing lists (though often one or two mailings are already being worked […]

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My New Mailbox

     My new mailbox (Read Part One: My Mailbox Dilemma):        Deluxe Plastic Mailbox:  $58.79        Treated Mailbox Post:  $6.44        Reflective, Self-adhesive Numbers:  $2.20        Packing Tape (to secure the self-adhesive numbers): $0.10        The implicit promise of mail delivery everyday: not necessarily      priceless, but pretty darn good.

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My Mailbox Dilemma

Last week I received a strange notice from my US mail carrier. It seems that the location of my mailbox is unacceptable. What’s perplexing is it’s been like that for 20 years, so I’m not sure why it’s suddenly now out of specification. There are two complaints with my once acceptable mailbox: it needs to […]

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Writing and Publishing

Internet Sales Rise and Fall With Catalog Mailings

The DMA (Direct marketing Association) recently released their annual report on the catalog industry. The report indicated that in 2007, 36% of sales [for the catalog industry] were conducted online. What is shocking is that this statistic is a decrease from 2006, when it stood at 40%. In fact 2007’s percentage was lower than both […]

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Writing and Publishing

Upside Down Addressing

Although the new postal rates are now in effect, I have yet to learn how much more it will cost to mail my magazines. Now there is another new postage rule for me to figure out.  It’s called “upside down addressing.”  Essentially, the USPS wants the mailing addresses on magazines to be printed upside down.  […]