Wednesday, 12 March 2008
Junk Mail and how to deal with it.
Well we all get it don't we? Reams of unwanted junk mail stalking us through the letterbox.
Ah hah . . .but I have a tried and trusted method of halting the flow considerably if not quite stopping it altogether.
DON'T throw your junk mail away - no honestly don't, or recycle it . . Leave it for a few days and when you have a small collection of your junk mail available lay all the envelopes out in a line. Open them and take out all the envelopes so kindly supplied by each company and lay them out in a line too and then swap all the junk mail around into each other's envelopes, plus the envelope it arrived in and send it off. Alot of junk mailers don't provide envelopes anymore (cheapaskates) - so just re-use one of the other junk mail envelopes . . putting the new address on the front. Or if the envelope is too small cut the address off and stick onto another envelope. Ok I know you will have to stump up for the cost of the glue, or celloptape . . . but it is worth it just to stem the flow of junk.
I usually add a note to each letter saying - you send me your junk mail and I will send you mine.
Also for mail shot charity letters sent with a pen, or other gimmick - I return the pen, or gimmick. I personally would prefer to give to my chosen charities directly rather than contribute financially to the mail shot company, plus I don't want the 'guilt' of having the pen etc.
I have been doing this for many years now and my junk mail has reduced a great deal. And (ooooo love starting a sentence with And) in all the years I have been doing it I have only every had one company phone me up and tell me that I had sent them something by mistake . . . .HAH I had a wonderful time explaining that no it was quite deliberate . . .
Pity we can't do the same with email - I have tried to forward emails to different companies - but usually the email address bounces back. So I just keep on adding them all to my spam box.
So you can't beat them . . . join them and have fun.