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Choke off those incoming catalogs

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Too late for this year’s holidays, but The Younger Daughter passes along a valuable link: CatalogChoice. With this, you can select the catalog to zap, and the site will stop it for you. One caveat: you need to enter the customer number from the catalog, so instead of throwing the catalogs directly into the trash as they arrive, put them in a stack so you can enter them at this site later.

You may wonder why companies will continue sending you catalogs long after you stop ordering. A couple of reasons: first, you pay them for this to a degree, by subsidizing the mailing costs. (Write to the Congressperson if you’d like to revoke or downgrade that privilege for advertising matter—though you might want to make an exception for nonprofits: Amnesty International, for example, uses the same mailing privilege.)

Second, when you look through a catalog you’re really reading the company’s advertising—usually fairly closely. This is ever so much better than placing ads in magazines and on TV, since those ads we normally skip past.

Now: go take action! CatalogChoice is free, BTW.

Written by Leisureguy

2 December 2007 at 8:14 am

Posted in Business, Daily life

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  1. Turns out the Christmas season is a great time to find out about this service – I just went and pulled a 5″ stack of catalogs out of my wastebasket and entered them all. Nifty!



    2 December 2007 at 12:50 pm

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