Junk Mail Taking Over Your Mailbox?
You’ve seen junk mail in many forms – slick, colorful and full of coupons promising savings… but actually luring you to buy something you don’t need.
Below, I have broken down the main categories of junkmail and provided several solid resources for you to get off the company lists for GOOD.
Coupons and bundled advertiser fliers
There are many companies with coupon mailers out there, but these 2 are the largest I have found.
You know those glossy, colorful mailers with all the inserts? One day I happened to notice a separate post card in my mailbox with a Red Plum logo next to the US Postage Paid mark. A quick Google search and I found this site, where I entered my home address address. They claim that in 5-6 weeks, the mailings should stop.
Update as of July 8, 2018: Red Plum is now known as Retail Me Not, but the link above is still valid.
Phone Books – who even uses these?
Yellow Pages opt-out
Somehow, there are more phone books and specialized directories published than ever before? With the Internet and Yelp, do we really need to use phone books anymore? Use this site to opt out of several directories all at once.
Data Brokers – selling your address without your consent
This is a data broker, which sells YOUR information to many other companies. They do remove consumers upon request. Their site claims opting out will prevent your name and address from being used in unsolicited communications from DirectLink and Market Magnifier and its customers (other marketing companies).
Overwhelmed with junk mail? Start with DMA Choice.
- If you are just beginning to attack the junk flooding your mailbox, this is a great place to start.
- You can opt-out of a ton of direct-mailing companies who purchase names and addresses from the Direct Marketing Association.
- Getting mail for a deceased family member? This form should take care of a lot any junk mail arriving in their name.
For long-term maintenance, use Catalog Choice.
- requires you to sign up (free and well worth it)
- you can add multiple names/addresses to your Profile
- Once you get the set up done, then you can search for almost ANY catalog or mass-mailing company and send a request to that company to remove you from their list
- I’ve been doing this for the past couple of months and the flood of catalogs has gone down drastically.