It is so wonderful not to have the mailbox jammed with unwanted catalogues. I can't believe how simple and efficient it was to use Catalogue Choice.
Review by Unclejack Braile2 years ago
Our household loves Catalog Choice! Catalog Choice is a completely free to use website (though we donate a tiny amount to them each year when we can) that allows you to eliminate junk mail sent to your home. The website is really user friendly. You create a profile that has the names and addresses in your household, and when you receive a piece of unwanted junk mail, you choose the name on the mailing label, fill out the customer number (if there is one) and then you are removed from the mailing list.
Once you've opted out of junk mail, it can take anywhere from 1-6 more mailings to completely be removed from the mailing list of each company you opt out of. Some companies remove you by the next mailing, and some companies continue to send mailings. The cool thing about Catalog Choice is that if at any time the same company starts sending you mailings again, you can easily get yourself removed by clicking that you are still receiving mailings. I keep a list of the opt out dates and then I keep track of the mailings I receive from a company. If I receive 3 or more mailings after opting out, I write the company directly. I've only had to do this with two companies that I opted out of using Catalog Choice, that never removed me from their mailing list. That is two companies out of dozens.
Eliminating junk mail from your mailbox is definitely not a "deal with one time" kind of situation and then it's a done deal. I spend approximately 15 minutes a week dealing with unwanted junk mail, and on average it takes 2 additional mailings to be completely removed when I use Catalog Choice. The cool thing about Catalog Choice is that companies take it seriously when you ask them to remove you, whereas when you e-mail a company telling them you want removed from their mailing list, they still send you mailings even though the company told you that they removed you, and then later they claim they "dropped the ball and you never asked to be removed".
Prior to using Catalog Choice my success rate by e-mailing companies was 3 out of 65 companies that I e-mailed privately (before I found Catalog Choice) actually did what they said they were going to do and removed me from their mailing list. The other companies kept sending mailings for over 6 months. Then I found Catalog Choice and out of the 40 companies I have used Catalog Choice for, all but one, removed me from their mailing list. I ended up contacting the Better Business Bureau about that one company, and coincidentally the mailings stopped about a week after I filed the report. The junk mail from that company was daily.
Catalog Choice has some great statistic features for you when you log in to your dashboard where you can see all of the opt outs you've made in one location. They tell you how many trees you've saved, and all though it's an estimate based on the companies normal number of mailings, it's great to see the statistics. 511,078 mature trees saved by eliminating junk mail in my house, and my mailbox has never been better to check. Now that I receive all of my bills online and have opted out of junk mail, I receive on average 3 pieces of junk mail PER WEEK compared with 60-70 pieces of junk mail per week prior to using Catalog Choice.
One of the disappointing limitations of Catalog Choice is that not every company is in their database with an easy opt out option. Some companies you have to visit the company website and fill out a form. This is a pain, but worth it to get rid of junk mail. When you fill out the form, use the e-mail address that Catalog Choice gives you and DO NOT give out your e-mail address to the company that you are opting out of their mailings, otherwise they will take your name off their postal mailing list and add your newly collected e-mail address to their online advertising list (this happened to me in the early days, and I exchanged 60 pieces of junk mail a week for 100+ e-mails a week until I learned the ins and outs of using Catalog Choice).
When you are using Catalog Choice keep in mind that the profile's you set up need to match the label. This might mean that you have multiple profiles for the same person. In our house, some will come to myself (First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name), some will come to Mrs and some will come to Ms. What your profile says matters, so you need a profile for each name variation, they are all managed in a single account, and you just make the selection when you are opting out of a particular mailing.
Variations we use:
Mrs. First Name Middle Initial Last Name
Ms. First Name Middle Initial Last Name
Miss First Name Middle Initial Last Name
Mrs. First Name Last Name
Ms. First Name Last Name
Miss First Name Last Name
Mr. First Name Middle Initial Last Name
Mr. First Name Last Name
Using these variations gives us a profile to opt out of any mailing we receive, and if a company comes up with something crazy like, sometimes they will say "teacher" since I used to be a teacher, you can add those to your profile to opt out of them as well. There is no limit to the number of profile variations you can have, so you can literally accommodate every piece of mail.
Catalog Choice is not a stand alone solution for all of your junk mail. You will still need to opt out of credit card offers, Red Plum, and similar mailings by visiting other websites. But Catalog Choice has certainly freed up tons of space in our tiny apartment mailbox. It's nice to go to the mail and actually get mail we want (letters, cards, and postcards), have our bills delivered online, and not have to deal with shredding junk mail.
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