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Old 02-19-2018, 07:13 PM
 
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Well, I suppose they could charge higher postal rates to junk mailers.

Speaking of junk mailers -- here's an idea. When you put in a forwarding address, they don't forward junk mail. So, once every six months, change your address to the same address, but with one character different in the street spelling, to foil the computers. Send them your buck, and the junk mailers will be stymied until somebody sells them your new address.
Or you could just toss the junk mail in the recycle bin like I do
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Old 02-19-2018, 08:05 PM
 
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they do it to confirm your identify althought it doesn't actually do anything.

i can get a credit card with any name on it (except with amex as they need a ss number) as an authorized user on my account. you could put any stupid thing you want.

and the wrong name but credit credit card info usually goes through online anyway.
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Old 02-19-2018, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Well, I suppose they could charge higher postal rates to junk mailers.

Speaking of junk mailers -- here's an idea. When you put in a forwarding address, they don't forward junk mail. So, once every six months, change your address to the same address, but with one character different in the street spelling, to foil the computers. Send them your buck, and the junk mailers will be stymied until somebody sells them your new address.
Bulk mail is usually cited as the supporting income of the USPS.

And most junk mail is sent blind, to the list of street addresses, not to individuals. I don't think one item in ten is actually addressed to me. EDDM has made even addressing unnecessary - you just pay for delivery to every address in a zone.
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Old 02-19-2018, 11:07 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Computershare closed out one of my accounts and sent the check to the old address. I never got the check or even knew the account had been closed until years later when I received an audit notice from the IRS. I eventually got the replacement check but I still had to pay fines and late fees to the IRS.
Part of this was on Computershare. I had to close/cash out/re-name various accounts of my Dad's and they were by far the WORST financial institution to deal with. Took forever to get them to do anything. Constant mistakes in addresses and transactions, misplaced orders, had to request duplicates of statements never received, you name it.
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Old 02-20-2018, 12:07 AM
 
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Ma Bell used to charge 50 cents a month to keep your number unlisted. That's back when a half buck was actually money.

I'd suspect the USPS issue is not the money, but putting a tiny hurdle in the process and collecting valid identity to limit fraud, frequent changes, etc.
Hah! I had a coworker who changed the name on his account to that of his "mother-in-law" to avoid the charge. Her name? "FM Bell!"
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Old 02-20-2018, 06:04 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Ma Bell used to charge 50 cents a month to keep your number unlisted. That's back when a half buck was actually money.

I'd suspect the USPS issue is not the money, but putting a tiny hurdle in the process and collecting valid identity to limit fraud, frequent changes, etc.
Yes, that is exactly why they do it.
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