Years ago I received a mailing from Habitat for Humanity. I admired their charitable work and so sent a small donation.
For the next decade or so, I received about 100 times the cost in mailings as I donated. In other words, they lost money on me.
My dad is a different story. I just took him to the accountant to do his taxes. The dear man, literally, gives a few dollars to every single charity that requests it, unless he morally opposes their positions. (Planned Parenthood, Code Pink, don’t bother.) The more he gives, the more mailing lists he gets on. He gets rafts of donation requests every week.
Giving is good. Selling lists of those who give to you, not so much.
Also not good, spending hours every month wading through unsolicited mailings, not to mention all the wasted resources for the printing, packaging, and shipping.
If you’ve been tagged as a good Samaritan, but need some room in your mailbox for great stuff like bills, there a are a number of things you can try:
- Call the companies and ask them to remove your name
- Go to the company website and look for an opt out link or a contact form
- When you order from a new company, make sure you opt out of any lists or address sharing promoted
- Contact a company that specializes in reducingÂ catalogs and other mailing
- Return the donation form in the postage-paid envelope with the words “remove from mailing list” written across the front
What methods have you used to get off junk mail lists?