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Old 02-01-2018, 01:04 PM
Status: "How long till Fall?" (set 10 days ago)
 
Location: Where my bills arrive
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Even our dog has received junk mail.
Are you sure he didn't request it?
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Old 02-01-2018, 01:39 PM
 
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Did I miss something? Is this a retirement issue?
Yeah, you missed the sticky at the top of the main page of the forum:

Please, don't report all general threads as off topic

Ever since then, anything goes here.
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Old 02-01-2018, 02:16 PM
 
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Junk mail is what is keeping the post office alive.
Over 60% of their volume is junk mail.
They also sell our addresses from a database they maintain.

And even with that they are still losing money...almost $3 billion last year.

So we're stuck with this junk mail and it's just going to get worse.

I look over the junk mail and if it comes with a postage paid return envelope I stuff everything into it and send it back to them. This though is becoming less frequent as i guess others have been doing the same thing.
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Old 02-01-2018, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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And even with that they are still losing money...almost $3 billion last year.

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So who picks up the shortfall? Are the taxpayers subsidizing this monopoly that in turn enables and subsidizes private sector marketers, which is the primary reason for its existence? And it's even illegal for a private sector competitor to deliver that junk, or to even use a box that a householder has designated as his government-approved "mailbox".
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Old 02-01-2018, 06:09 PM
 
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So who picks up the shortfall? Are the taxpayers subsidizing this monopoly that in turn enables and subsidizes private sector marketers, which is the primary reason for its existence? And it's even illegal for a private sector competitor to deliver that junk, or to even use a box that a householder has designated as his government-approved "mailbox".
The post office does not receive any tax dollars to fund its operations. In fact, that's the main reason that it is unaffected by any government shutdowns.
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Old 02-01-2018, 08:49 PM
 
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Did I miss something? Is this a retirement issue?
I don’t know about a “retirement” issue, but now every month I get a really pretty envelope from the local crematorium, inviting me to be their customer. I can’t even tell you how that lifts my spirits on a gray, damp, gloomy winter’s day!
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Old 02-01-2018, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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I started working for the USPS in 1980. There was a LOT more BBM then than now. I used to get catalogs from probably 20 different companies - clothing, gardening, food, household, etc. Not any more.

Before we had curbside recycling, we could take ours to a drop off center. One time a do-gooder volunteer came up and asked me if I wanted to reduce the amount of junk mail I received. I told that poor woman in no uncertain terms that “junk mail” was putting a roof over my head and food on my table and no,I did not want to reduce it (Mr. Dokie was also a postal employee). I still feel a little guilty for laying into her like that.
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Old 02-02-2018, 04:23 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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I think when newspapers started to die is when it started to ramp up. No use spending money on newspaper advertising if no one is reading it.

I’ve heard a few people say they have successfully blocked it, but they never really say how.
I actually think junk mail is great......I haven't had to buy newspaper for years to be able to line 3 kitty litter bins daily.
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Old 02-02-2018, 06:08 AM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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I ordered from catalogs years ago and was getting swamped with all sorts of other catalogs. I used https://www.catalogchoice.org several years ago to opt out and it worked. It took a bit, but they all stopped.

I ordered clothing for my Mom last year and started receiving their catalogs even though I had ordered online. After that, the gates of hell have opened once again and I’m getting all sorts of catalogs again. I get the mail, walk through the garage and toss them in the recycling bin, they never make it into the house. What a colossal waste.

It must be the company I ordered from. I order many things online and this is the first time this has happened where I started getting catalogs in the mail afterward. It started innocently enough with one catalog, but has now cascaded into an onslaught from many other companies.

When online ordering, I always click off the boxes asking if I want emails for sales, offers, info etc. to keep my inbox clear. Maybe I overlooked something with that first order of clothing that allowed them to mail catalogs.
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Old 02-02-2018, 07:09 AM
 
Location: SE corner of the Ozark Redoubt
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Sometimes it isn't even different companies. I know of two companies that put out a dozen catalogs each, under different names. The catalogs aren't quite identical, but there is a lot of overlap.
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