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Stop Junk Mail

Catalog Choice is a free service that lets you decline paper catalogs you no longer wish to receive. Reduce the amount of paper you receive, save the environment. From their site: “We stop 90% of your junk mail and plant 10 trees on your behalf.

1. Sign up: We take you off dozens of junk mail lists and plant 5 trees for you! As soon as you join, our team does all the work to get your name off dozens of direct marketers’ mailing lists.

2. Sign in to your account and enter only those catalogs and non-profit mailings you want stopped with our new and improved Catalog Screener. We plant 5 trees for the first 5 opt-out requests.

3. Each month, GreenDimes reviews direct marketers’ lists to ensure that your name gets off and stays off.”

From the site:

“Too much junk to deal with individually: Start by sending a postcard or letter to Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association, PO Box 643, Carmel, NY 15012-0643 Include your complete name, address, zip code and a request to “activate the preference service”. For up to five years, this will stop mail from all member organizations that you have not specifically ordered products from.”

The Direct Marketing Association estimates that listing with their mail preference service will stop 75% of all national mailings. They process 50,000 requests a month and requests are kept active for five years. If you fill out the post office change of address form, the DMA will track the new address (you’ll get a few months of mailings to the new address before they catch up to you). It can take up to six months for your request to be fully processed. You can also opt-out online, but they charge $5. The best way is to fill out their online form, then mail them a printout.
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Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Consumer Credit Reporting Companies are permitted to include your name on lists used by creditors or insurers to make firm offers of credit or insurance that are not initiated by you (“Firm Offers”). The FCRA also provides you the right to “Opt-Out,” which prevents Consumer Credit Reporting Companies from providing your credit file information for Firm Offers.

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