Swimming in junk mail? Here are three ways of dealing with it.
1. The practical way.
Recycle it, and get off the mailing lists! If you're in the U.S., here's how. (There are tips for those in Canada and the U.K., too.)
2. The revengeful way.
I first saw this suggested back in 2001 by Jon Carroll, who shared an idea from two of his readers about handling junk mail advertisements:
Most of these include the ever-familiar "business reply mail" envelope. A little research and we confirmed our happy suspicion: If this envelope is returned, the advertiser that sent it must pay postage on it, but they do not pay postage if the envelope is not returned. It does not matter if the sent envelope is empty -- postage is still paid.More recently, Danny Seo wrote about his own junk mail revenge:
So now, before throwing away our junk mail, we remove the business reply envelope, seal it up and drop it in the mail.
So, I figure if they are sending me these mailing unsolicited, then I can send it right back to them in their own envelope unsolicited, too. I basically stuff those envelopes with everything they sent me and drop it in the mail.And just a few days ago, L.A. en vie directed me to Send Them Back (which goes a bit overboard at the end).
3. The creative way.
If you're Gretchen in Minneapolis, you create Junk Mail Gems. That's the company's scratch paper storage box above.
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