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Old 12-31-2007, 07:54 AM
 
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I wish the companies would give us the opportunity to "opt out" of receiving them. I personally never use them. I keep one in the kitchen drawer just in case, but never have opened it. I also keep the little one in the car. It came in handy when we first moved here and were trying to figure out where things were when we were out and about.

I know there are a lot of people who have no computers--my grandma is one. She has no desire to have one and so the phone book is good for her.
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Old 12-31-2007, 07:58 AM
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Location: Ohio
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I wish there was some way to stop them from being delivered. Honestly, I just toss them out...
I predict that the government will force the phone book companies to offer a way to opt-out of phonebooks eventually. The trend will start in California before the end of this decade.

I keep my phonebooks in my cars, since Google on my phone is too slow and small.
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Old 12-31-2007, 09:01 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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The only time I've ever used them is when I've been looking for used parts for one of my cars.
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Old 12-31-2007, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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I got mine a few days ago as well and it made me think of the last time I actually used one of those things.. at least a couple years I think. They definitely need to hand them out only to the people that want them and I can't imagine very many people are living in the stone ages..
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Old 12-31-2007, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I think part of their sales spiel is the fact that everyone "sees" your phone number in their phone book. I think we all know that trend is slowly but surely hitting the way of the trash can, as I also, throw those books in the trash when I get em. Its not bad to do the google thing on here and get phone numbers that way. And heck if I really get into a jam. I can always start a thread on CDF and get a phone number!!
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Old 12-31-2007, 07:09 PM
 
Location: NOVA
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Default the NUMBER of phone books

Good to hear a lot of people don't use their phonebooks and I can certainly see keeping a copy around for grandma. I can see that phonebooks can still be useful but my original post was to see if everybody received 3 to 4 copies of DIFFERENT yellow pages. One set is fine but different companies pushing a new set every few months is ridiculous.
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Old 12-31-2007, 10:07 PM
 
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Default a major increase of phone book companies this year

If you think there are more this year because you just got here and it is an S.A. habit, try checking with your old home. They are probably getting the same influx this year! I have been shocked by the increase this year, before, only 2 or three companies, and the secondary ones were small, and I mainly got them at the office..

This year, two or three books per company, and they just keep coming!

I use them for paper towels, the weight of the book makes the book it's own dispenser. Great for cleaning art brushes. This is a traditional use in printmaking studios.

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Old 01-01-2008, 01:48 PM
 
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Good to hear a lot of people don't use their phonebooks and I can certainly see keeping a copy around for grandma. I can see that phonebooks can still be useful but my original post was to see if everybody received 3 to 4 copies of DIFFERENT yellow pages. One set is fine but different companies pushing a new set every few months is ridiculous.
I remember getting 3 different sets last year. And a couple of the sets were multiples (one yellow one white pages). I got from Verizon, AT&T, and one other one.
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Old 01-01-2008, 09:08 PM
 
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Competition baby competition. I wish I could rid of the phonebook like I could rid of the junk snail mail.
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Old 01-02-2008, 07:29 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Sometimes, when you're out and about, they are handy to find "where is the closest XXX to me".
Three letters for ya....G P S!

My Garmin Nuvi not only has the ability to tell you where the closest food, gas, shopping, etc is; it will tell you how to get there! And if you type in a business name, it will give you the address and (I think) phone number (to be honest I never want to call the places I am looking for, only find them!). The Nuvi has been a stress reliever, and well worth the money!

Cheers! M2
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