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Old 01-31-2018, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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We hardly get any mail, except for magazines and Christmas cards. Bills, banking and all local and national government correspondance is handled electronically. We can avoid any junk mail by electronic sign up with the Danish postal system.
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Old 01-31-2018, 03:31 PM
 
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It makes great fire starter.
Plus if you have enemies you can fill out the forms in their name and address and spam them.
I remember doing that as a prank in the college dorms. You'd sign someone up for 10 magazine subscriptions. The magazines and a flood of junk mail from the mailing lists that get sold would follow.
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Old 01-31-2018, 03:35 PM
 
Location: SE corner of the Ozark Redoubt
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I remember doing that as a prank in the college dorms. You'd sign someone up for 10 magazine subscriptions. The magazines and a flood of junk mail from the mailing lists that get sold would follow.
It worked especially well when those poor misguided college kids would come around (in the 90's and for 10 years after) selling subscriptions at rock bottom prices, thinking they were going to win some prize. All they got was a lesson in how crooked some people can be.
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Old 01-31-2018, 03:42 PM
 
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It makes great fire starter.
Plus if you have enemies you can fill out the forms in their name and address and spam them.

We used to do this in high school back in the '60's. There were lots of folks in my home town getting books and records from clubs.
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Old 01-31-2018, 04:42 PM
 
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I currently live in an apartment building that was built in 1939. We still have the original brass mailboxes which serve four apartments in the small foyer. Each compartment is no more than 4 inches wide by 12 inches tall and each door is about 8 inches tall and opens upward when you unlock it at the bottom. It was built for penny postcards, small envelopes and airmail of the day.

Some days it takes two hands to maneuver and pry a magazine, Wednesday grocery circulars and the assorted ad mailings out of it. But the box has charm.

The majority of bills arrive by email or are auto paid online. There's nary an airmail. It's mostly crap.
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Old 01-31-2018, 05:08 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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You can reduce your junk mail by going to the Data And Marketing Association (used to be Direct Mail Advertisers Assn). Scroll down to find the buttons/links to Manage Your Mail or Email preferences.

https://thedma.org/resources/consumer-resources/

Also, make sure you have the correct Privacy Settings for all your credit cards. This is usually explained on the Privacy Notice they have to send out each year. Or go to the card's web site and look for Privacy Preferences.

I did this years ago and now get very little junk mail.
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Old 01-31-2018, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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Just sign up on the gov't website to stop junk mail. It makes a HUGE difference.
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Old 01-31-2018, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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We still get mail for my father-in-law, who died twenty years ago at the age of eighty-two, and he didn`t even live at our address! What a waste of money. You would think after twenty years, they would say hey, don`t think he is going to respond

The lady who owned my house passed away and I bought the house six months later. Nobody in her family bothered to notify the post office so I got a LOT of mail for her. I knew the executor of her estate so if it looked important I'd let him know. I told the mail man, several times, that the lady had died and didn't care if she got mail so please don't deliver it. But he put BOTH of our names inside the mailbox. I finally called the post office and told them to, please, tell the mail man the woman was DEAD and to please remove her name! He finally did but I still get catalogs and stuff now and then. No big deal anymore, I guess, but it's been three years!
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Old 01-31-2018, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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I remember doing that as a prank in the college dorms. You'd sign someone up for 10 magazine subscriptions. The magazines and a flood of junk mail from the mailing lists that get sold would follow.

I had that happen to me. After I moved one of my ex neighbors decided I needed to join a book of the month club. I let the post office know, after the first delivery, that it was bogus and they just sent anything back.
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Old 01-31-2018, 05:41 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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Just sign up on the gov't website to stop junk mail. It makes a HUGE difference.
What govt web site?
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