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Old Dec 29, 2012, 07:43 PM   #1
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How does one effectively stop mail spam (real mail, not e-mail)?

I live in a community with very small mailboxes and I'm finding that I get so many advertisements and "junk mail" that, if I don't get my mail for more than a few consecutive days, USPS stops delivering my mail until I come pick it up at their local headquarters.

My community put a trash can next to the mailbox area and now, every time I get my mail, it's full to the very top with other people's junk mail.

I plan on calling the community association to see about stopping the newspaper delivery, since there are a few that come to me and they are huge (and I never read them).

But what about services like this?
http://www.directmail.com/directory/...e/Default.aspx

Is that effective? What do you guys do (or what have you done) to rid your real mailboxes of unwanted mail?
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 08:30 PM   #2
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Since I do a lot of weird GetPaidTo and other stuff, I get a bunch of junk in my mailbox. I use PaperKarma and it has helped a lot. They send the letters and call the companies up for you.
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 09:04 PM   #3
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Since I do a lot of weird GetPaidTo and other stuff, I get a bunch of junk in my mailbox. I use PaperKarma and it has helped a lot. They send the letters and call the companies up for you.
Wow, that looks like the perfect solution! I can't see any reason not to give it a shot. Thanks for this recommendation.
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 09:12 PM   #4
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You can definitely slow down junk mail, as you've noted, the direct mail industry has places where you can notify them that you don't want unsolicited commercial mail.

It takes a while to slow down, but it does.

There's also a location to opt out of credit card offers, https://www.optoutprescreen.com.

Also make sure you don't sign up for *any* catalogs, once you ask for one, your name will be sold and you may find yourself inundated with them.

Bottom line, it's expensive to send junk mail, if you tell them you don't want it, generally they'll respect that. At this point, I only get bills in the mail, and I'm thinking of going electronic for those as well.
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At this point, I only get bills in the mail, and I'm thinking of going electronic for those as well.
I feel like I should be able to open my mailbox and see only bills, and the magazines I subscribe to. Is that asking so much?

I will opt out of the credit card offers, use PaperKarma every day, and.. should I do that DirectMail thing I linked to in my original post?
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I feel like I should be able to open my mailbox and see only bills, and the magazines I subscribe to. Is that asking so much?

I will opt out of the credit card offers, use PaperKarma every day, and.. should I do that DirectMail thing I linked to in my original post?
Yes, that's the very best thing you can do. That's telling the direct mail industry that you don't want their junk, and, perhaps surprisingly enough, they'll honor that.

Just don't expect overnight results.

...and don't sign up for any catalogs.
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...and don't sign up for any catalogs.
Define "catalogs".
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I have mixed feelings about junk mail. The sender does pays the postal service and it keeps the mail carriers employed. Without junk mail, there would be almost nothing to deliver.
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Define "catalogs".
LL Bean, Container Store, Victoria's Secret, etc.

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I have mixed feelings about junk mail. The sender does pays the postal service and it keeps the mail carriers employed. Without junk mail, there would be almost nothing to deliver.
The death of the USPS is, quite unfortunately, just about inevitable.

The situation that they find themselves in just doesn't work out going forward. They could (and may very likely) switch to mail delivery a couple or few times a week - which would cut employment by a huge amount.

Or, they have to raise rates to meet their actual costs, which will lower demand.

USPS is going the way of the milkman and meter reader.
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LL Bean, Container Store, Victoria's Secret, etc.
Okay, I'm safe.
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