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Someone on my friends list posted in the last few weeks about antispam procedures against snailmail. I failed to make it a LJ memory, and so have lost the reference.

I just opened three days worth of mail. Not a single piece of actual correspondence...it was all junk of one kind or another, with the exception of a few pieces of unimportant business mail.

Does anyone remember posting about how to stop junk mail from the USPS?


I realized almost immediately that if the antispam information wasn't from cellio, then it was probably not on LJ. I checked my recent emails from This is True, and found the information. Here's what Randy Cassingham says:

"...a bunch of letters asking if I had heard about the toll-free number,
and why didn't I try that? *sigh*

Anyway, to wrap it up, here's what I suggest: First, DO try the toll-
free number. Again, it's 888-567-8688. Then, send a postcard or letter
to the Direct Mail Association's "Mail Preference Service". Clearly
write your name and mailing address and state that you want to be
removed from all mailing lists, and sign it. DMA sends the list of
people asking to be deleted to its members, who are "required" to run
the list against their mailing list and remove any matches. I did that
long ago, and the drop in junk mail was astounding. It doesn't,
however, stop mail from companies you are doing business with (so you
won't stop getting your favorite catalogs), nor from companies who
aren't members of DMA, but it's a big step forward. The address: Mail
Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association, PO Box 282, Carmel NY
10512. With luck, there are similar services available for readers
outside the U.S."

I just called the number, and opted myself out. I couldn't opt out estherchaya, because I couldn't get her SSN into their system fast enough...I don't have it memorized. I'll let y'all know how it goes.

I'm leaving today for Texas to see some new pharmacy technology from Omnicell. Be back Thursday night.


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 21st, 2004 06:13 am (UTC)
I prefer junk mail to bills, actually. When I open my mailbox, I ask "who wants money from me today?"
Apr. 21st, 2004 06:19 am (UTC)
I'm the opposite
I like to see the bills. Lets me know I'm still needed.

No, in reality, I don't like letting bills slide. If I see them, and keep on top of them, it keeps my anxiety level low.
Apr. 21st, 2004 06:25 am (UTC)
Re: I'm the opposite
Yeah, but the point is, bills require effort -- gotta pay them, keep track of payments, balance checkbook, etc. Time and money.

I can laugh at junk mail, dance on top of it, give it to the ferrets, or taunt it by waving my wallet in front of it and telling it "you're not getting any of my money today, little junk mail!"
Apr. 21st, 2004 06:33 am (UTC)
Re: I'm the opposite
Oh, by the way, when I said "business mail", that's exactly what I meant. None of it was bills. One was an election notice from a mutual fund I have shares in, one was a bank notice for Karen, and the last was a letter from my mortgage broker about miscellany. None of them wanted any money.

I see your point, though. You're not totally insane.
Apr. 21st, 2004 06:51 am (UTC)
Re: I'm the opposite
I'm not? Damn.
Apr. 21st, 2004 11:44 am (UTC)
Re: I'm the opposite
Don't worry. Even if you're not, we can't really tell the difference anyway.
Apr. 21st, 2004 11:49 am (UTC)
Re: I'm the opposite
It's a small margin of error.
Apr. 21st, 2004 06:59 am (UTC)
Re: I'm the opposite
Yeah, but the point is, bills require effort -- gotta pay them, keep track of payments, balance checkbook, etc.

I'm sure that many of the entities that bill you would be happy to just take the money directly out of your checking account, if you'd be so kind as to give them access. :-)
Apr. 21st, 2004 07:07 am (UTC)
Re: I'm the opposite
If I trusted the bastidges.
Apr. 21st, 2004 01:54 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm the opposite
There you go, introducing complications. :-)
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