Feature July 2005
With each trip to the mail
box you become more and more buried in tons of junk mail. Well no
longer will you fall victim to the sneaky junk mail peddlers. Learn
how to regain your mail box. Learn how to end junk mail forever.
would you do if I sent you a bill for several dollars each month, for a
service you didn’t want, and had not ordered? What if there was no way to
dodge paying this bill and no matter what you tried the bill just kept
coming? Well this is basically what happens when you get junk mail.
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people don’t think about it but all that junk mail that gets sent to you has
to go someplace. Most of us throw it away, some of us recycle it, but
either way we are
to dispose of it. Some communities pay to have their trash taken away,
others use a tax system, and still others require that you pay for the right
to use a dump. Even if you recycle the junk mail, you are still paying.
Recycling in most communities is paid for the same way trash collection is.
Besides all the money it costs you, companies that make junk mail are
wasting paper, wasting ink, wasting power to create the junk mail, wasting
gas to send the mail to you, and wasting your time when you have to sort it
out of the mail. So how can we make this madness stop? How can we stop
simple. We make it so expensive to send us junk mail that companies stop
doing it. We use junk mail against itself. So about now you should be
fired up, “Yea lets stick it to the man!” What we need to do is cost the
junk mail people a lot of money. The way we do this is by moving the cost
of disposal back into the hands of the junk mailers.
you get some junk mail the first thing you should do is open it and look for
the reply envelope. This little guy is amazing. Not only is it already
filled out with the address of the bastards that sent you the mail; they
have also foolishly paid return postage. Set this gem aside for the moment.
take the rest of the crap that came in the junk mail, (including the
envelope it came in) and tear it up. This is the most fun part.
the mail is in nice bite size scraps place it in the return envelope.
Place this little darling into your mailbox and flip up the flag.
You have just forwarded all the cost of disposal onto the junk mailer. They
will have to
someone (or run some machine) to open your mail, and then pay to dispose of
the confetti that falls out. They also have to pay the postage on this
garbage. Not only is this a fun game, the more junk mail you get the fatter
you can stuff the little return envelopes. I have stuffed entire catalogs
into credit card return envelopes. Use some tape to keep it shut, the
fatter the envelope the more the post office will charge the junk mailer.
is also no reason you cant send the junk mail that didn’t come with a return
envelope back to the junk mailer that did send you one. In this way you can
send the Pottery Barn catalog back to Visa, and the coupon book back to
MasterCard. If each and every one of us moves the cost of junk mail back to
the junk mailers we can impose millions of dollars in “fines” on them each
year. Imagine how much it is going to cost them to dispose of millions of
pounds of scrap paper each year.
only reason they have not had to pay any of this cost so far is because we
have been doing all the disposal or recycling for them. Brothers, sisters,
join with me and help me stick it to the junk mailers where it will hurt
them most, their wallets.