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Old 10-23-2007, 06:09 PM
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Since the kids were born, we've started buying more stuff online and out of catalogs, for obvious reasons. As a result, we seem to have been added to every direct seller in the world's hot prospect list. Some days, the postman can't get the mailbox door closed. Enough is enough. =;

I just started using www.catalogchoice.org to try and stem the flow. In a week of adding each new and unwanted catalog to the list before it goes in the recycle bin, we've accumulated 42 opt-outs already. Amazing. Who the f*ck thinks I'm a likely purchaser of Wiccan womenswear?

Anyway, it's free (as in beer), simple and apparently quite eco-righteous to boot, if that's your thing. I'll report back later on whether it actually works.
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Old 10-23-2007, 06:16 PM
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Thanks for the link, I'm all over it! I hope it works.

I remember this topic about recycle was discussed a few months ago. And I had mentioned that I had just sat down and called every single catalog and told them "If I need to buy something, I know where to find you". It's unbelievable how much they send out. We'd even get duplicate copies - a Pottery Barn in my name, another in the wife's!! It's gotta stop.
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Old 10-23-2007, 06:22 PM
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Oh, this is GREAT. I hope it works as advertised.
We get bazillions of catalogs (though admittedly the wife does buy a few things from them from time to time). I have often found myself wondering how many trees are cut down for this crap.
It's the digital age, fer crissake! If I want to buy something, I'll buy it online!

Excellent find, Stretch. I too will keep you guys posted about how well it works.
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Old 10-23-2007, 06:26 PM
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Thanks Stretch. This thread should be stickied!
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Old 10-23-2007, 06:34 PM
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how about if we sticky it in tidbits
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Old 10-23-2007, 07:50 PM
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Great idea, Stretch. Thanks for the link.

Living in the boonies and hating malls, we do a lot of online shopping. We recycle a few dozen catalogs each week. Ridiculous.
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Righto! Thanks man!

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I am the one that likes the junk mail. I take all the cc offers I get and empty out the contents use there premarked envelops and send the the advertisements. I do this about every 3 weeks or so and have around 10-20 premarket envelops. Drives my wife nuts when I do this but I just tell her that it saves me from shopping on line.
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Old 11-29-2007, 02:02 AM
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I usually shred everything they send me and put it all in their premarked envelopes along with a couple ounces of newspapers, coffee grinds, etc, and mail it back to them...
Doesn't matter what it weighs, they are paying postage for it.

Eventually they stop mailing you things.
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Old 12-30-2007, 05:19 PM
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Well, I'm still plugging away at this, though it has done little to stem the tide yet. Unfortunately, but probably inevitably, not everybody wants to play along.

I have to say, personally, that if I find out a company is deliberately continuing to spam me despite my specific request that they stop doing so -- I will be strongly tempted to go into offense mode as described in the post above.
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