Seniors: Eliminating Unwanted Mail

Nov 24th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Living in a gated complex with our mail boxes located at the gate often means carrying along a bag to bring home the mail. The reason for that is the continuing unsolicited mail that comes daily. Even with the USPostal Service facing growing deficits, like everything and everybody else, they continue to give huge breaks to all kinds of advertising and unwanted pieces coming our way. They report that this is one of the ways that helps keep their bottom line a little further up from the bottom.

Sometime ago I decided it was up to me to take action against all the advertising pieces that ended up in my box. The reality hit hard when we were away on trips and we had to sort through all the junk that had been held for us.

It turned out to be a very simple process. Each piece of mail initially had to be examined and the determination made how to remove it. The Internet provided an easy means for attack. Anything with an email or web address received a solicitation from me requesting NO MORE JUNK MAIL TO MY ADDRESS. Usually, a reply would come in short order indicating compliance and that I would be receiving no more junk mail within a few weeks. Walla!

The second method is even more fun. When there is no Internet means for contacting the source, but there is an enclosed, stamped, self addressed envelope, I simply write across the materials, PLEASE SEND NO MORE SOLICITATIONS and they very shortly comply. In the meantime, they must pay the bill for my returning their junk, all of it.

The third and final method, least desired, is to dump it all in the trash bin. That does not really accomplish the goal. At least if you do this, the junk should go in the recycling container. If you continue to receive solicitations and find no way to reply by mail or Internet, you might try to identify a 1-800 number to call the company/organization to request they stop sending you solicitations.

The joy in all of this is the feeling one gets by standing up to someone unknown entity and being in charge. “NO MORE” speaks rather emphatically and gives you the sense that you have some control. Go for it!



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