Ten 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 understand the confusion because my new mailbox sports a self-contained paper box. The week after I installed it, not only did I receive the newspaper that I want, plus the one that I don’t want, but also a third paper that I’d never seen before! The third paper never showed up again, while I called again to halt the second paper. Now things are back as they should be.
After I canceled the free newspaper, I was inspired to tackle all the free magazines that I receive, but don’t want.
I’ve canceled about 10 of them, with more still to do. Some have been easy to cancel, be it a call center or via the Internet. Others are a bit more challenging, but gladly I do so as my part to help the environment.Whenever they include a prepaid envelope, I take their offer, write 'not interested; please remove me from your mailing list'. Click To Tweet
Another technique that gives me gleeful pleasure is dealing with the unsolicited offers I receive, especially for credit cards. Whenever they include a prepaid envelope, I take their offer, write “not interested; please remove me from your mailing list” on it, and return it in their envelope, at their cost. Generally that quickly stops the unwanted mailings. (Plus, it provides additional revenue for the post office—which they desperately need. As I recall, they’re projecting a $2.1 billion dollar loss for that year.)
Next was the catalogs. There is a Website to make it an easy and painless task: catalogchoice.org.
I’ll let you know how did it work.
Wordsmith Peter DeHaan is a magazine publisher by day and a writer by night. Check back each week for updated content, and look for his upcoming book, Woodpecker Wars.