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Another Friday Poll: Business reply envelopes(12 posts)

Another Friday Poll: Business reply envelopesloki_1
Oct 17, 2003 8:15 AM
How many people use them to return the unsolicited mail back to the companies that sent it?

I will put everything back (including the original envelope), write a note asking them to remove me from their mailing list, and send it all back to them. I really have no idea if I get removed from the list, but it can't hurt to ask.

If enough people do this, perhaps sending bulk mailings wouldn't be as attractive to these companies.

Any other creative ideas?
re: Another Friday Poll: Business reply envelopesNo_sprint
Oct 17, 2003 8:16 AM
They pay to have it returned so, even if you're not removed, you at least get that satisfaction.
as well as the cost of having someone process it. (nm)loki_1
Oct 17, 2003 8:29 AM
All true. But what about your time "processing" it?Fez
Oct 20, 2003 5:59 AM
I've thought of doing the same as you.

But I realized it was never going to make a difference in the long run, and it takes a lot more effort on my end to open it, stuff it all in the prepaid envelope, and drop all of it off to the mailbox on my next trip out.

So I don't bother.

Its easier to just rip all the junk mail in half and throw it in the trash.
Any suggestions for AOL CDs? (nm)torquer
Oct 17, 2003 8:27 AM
Any suggestions for AOL CDs? (nm)No_sprint
Oct 17, 2003 8:31 AM
Many times I write in big letters with a permanent Sharpie *NOT AT THIS ADDRESS* and return.
got this one from a forest service ranger....shawndoggy
Oct 17, 2003 9:37 AM
Stuff it in your hiking pack or camel back. They make great signal mirrors in the event you get lost.

"I'll never get lost though, so why should I do that?"

Remember, nobody ever PLANS to get lost!
Oct 17, 2003 8:31 AM
I don't send anything back except the envelope. If I include anything, I figure someday a company will get mad at me and decide that returning their forms, even though torn up, constitutes acceptance. Call me paranoid. I want to have my fun anonymously.

When I was a kid, my brother and me would put all kinds of stuff in those envelopes and send them back. When we found out they had to pay more if it weighed more, we began taping washers and pennies to index cards and sending them off. I need to start doing that again--I have so many pennies to get rid of.

We also got a big kick of out putting flour and coffee and dirt in the envelopes, because we thought it would jam up their automatic opening machines. I have no idea if those even exist, but that was the rumour, and that was our plan. The Anthrax thing ruined the fun of sending powders through the mail.
LOL Good stuff. nmNo_sprint
Oct 17, 2003 8:33 AM
Recycle to pay bills?Cory
Oct 17, 2003 9:07 AM
I don't do it consistently, but when I think of it and there's room on the envelope, I cross out the original address and use them to pay bills. Probably saves me two cents a month....
I always mean to bundle everything up and send it back, but we get our mail at a post office box and it's really easy just to toss the junk in the wastebasket that's right there.
be careful there...TNSquared
Oct 17, 2003 2:21 PM
no matter how well you cross out the original address, sooner or later your payment will be incorrectly delivered to the company that sent you the junk mail. guess what - your check will be processed by that company or their lockbox bank. the money will get kicked over to some general holding account because they can't find anywhere to post the payment since you don't have an account with them. you probably won't know what's happened until you get a late notice on your payment from the proper payee. then it will take several weeks to retrieve your money, at the least.

and that's not paranoia, that's job experience talking. i've seen it happen more often that i would ever have imagined.
You're right--should have mentioned that.Cory
Oct 17, 2003 5:05 PM
It's happened to me once, when I didn't cross out a bar code--fortunately the recipient, the power company, caught the mistake and returned the check.
Possible fix: Somebody sent me a bunch of stick-on address labels that are big enough to cover most pre-printed addresses. And, as I said, I don't do it often.