When you get “ads” enclosed with your phone or utility bill, return these “ads” with your payment. Let the sending companies throw their own junk mail away.
When you get those “pre-approved” letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and similar type junk, do not throw away the return envelope.
Most of these come with postage-paid return envelopes, right?
It costs them more than the regular 37 cents postage “IF” and when they receive them back. It costs them nothing if you throw them away! The postage was around 50 cents before the last increase and it is according to the weight. In that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little, postage-paid return envelopes.
One of Andy Rooney’s (60 minutes) ideas;
Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send a pizza coupon to Citibank. If you didn’t get anything else that day, then just send them their blank application back!
If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn’t on anything you send them.
You can even send the envelope back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! It still costs them 37 cents.
The banks and credit card companies are currently getting a lot of their own junk back in the mail, but folks, we need to OVERWHELM them. Let’s let them know what it’s like to get lots of junk mail, and best of all they’re paying for it…Twice!
Let’s help keep our postal service busy since they are saying that e-mail is cutting into their business profits, and that’s why they need to increase postage costs again.
You can tell when your children have reached the electronic age…. our daughter still calls junk snail mail ‘spam’, or they spammed our mailbox again.
This is currently flying around the ‘net via email again…. the funny thing is I used to do this religiously, sending back everything from empty envelopes to other companies crap to the unfortunate victim that happened to catch me with time on my hands that day. I can’t say it reduced the amount of crap that came in the mail, but at least I did my part to make sure they paid for sending it to me…. Both in return postage and what it cost in lost productivity for sucker on the other end who got my present.
A word of caution though, some of those pre-approved credit card offers contain enough personal information they can actually process the application or provide a ‘dumpster diver’ with the info needed to make you the victim of identity theft, so destroy them!
For example, quite a few years back I was hoping by sending back the blank application would send them the message that it was ME to sent it back and that I was tired of their junk mail, instead the morons send me a credit card a few weeks later.