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We are publishing a series of Member stories that clearly describe the impact of continued unsolicited mail.  If you have a story to share, take a moment and share it with us here.  We will never release personally identifiable information when re-telling your story.
For years my aging mother has received tons of catalogs. This had two effects: She would often purchase unnecessary items and I would periodically have to bundle the things (bags and bags!) and take them to our civic recycling. Earlier this year, I had her mail forwarded to our house so I could keep an eye on her bills. I was delighted when the post office told me that catalogs would not be forwarded. What a relief! Unfortunately, within a month it became clear that the companies were simply picking up the new address and mailing directly to us! Yikes! That is when I found your service; in the last two months I've entered over 200 requests to stop mailing. I had no idea how insidious these things were--some companies have her listed multiple times under different customer numbers or source codes. For the sake of my mail carrier, I hope that most have stopped before we are full into the holiday season! I do find it interesting that they can change the address within 30 days, but require 90 to actually delete you from the list. Thanks SO much for what you do!

Reader Comments (1)

Mom, sweetheart that she was, was a catalog lover and a frequent 'donator' to various causes. When she passed away in 2008, I began trying to remove her name from various mailing lists. Dad gets teary-eyed anytime junk mail is delivered addressed to Mom.
Thanks to Catalog Choice I've been successful with removing her name from most catalog mailings.

As a point of interest: The greatest abusers of junk mail seem to be various donation sites. It doesn't seem to matter that I have contacted their websites, or written personal letters about Mom being gone; they continue to send their literature.
The tiny heartbreaks and heart aches they cause my father (as a result of continued junk mail sent in Mom's name) far outweigh any positive feelings or future donations I would consider for their companies.

Conversely: catalog companies that honored our requests are more likely to receive our business in the future.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaphne

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