Does anyone else out there find stacks and stacks of unsolicited mail in their mailbox on a near-daily basis?
Well, I’ve created a hobby of sorts out of it. You see, most unsolicited mail is asking you, the consumer, to sign up for or purchase something. To facilitate this, the companies which send out unsolicited mail oftentimes include postage paid envelopes.
What I do is take everything the companies sent me and, after removing my name from the literature, I stuff it all in the postage paid envelope they included, and send it all back to them. I don’t appreciate them wasting my time by having to remove my name and other personal information from their mailings or catalogs for shredding, so I waste their time, and money, by sending them back blank applications, order forms, or whatever it was they sent me in the first place. I’ve sent whole catalogs back to companies which were foolish enough to attach a postage paid envelope. I just jam the catalog in the envelope, and then seal the whole thing up with packaging tape.
I’ve looked this hobby up online, and found some interesting tidbits about postage paid envelopes. It seems that anything up to 70 lbs. can be attached to the envelope and sent back to the company. What this means is you can show your displeasure towards unsolicited mail by sending the company the old tire in your garage, with the postage paid envelope carefully taped to it, of course. The possibilities are limitless: old coffee grounds, rocks, the pages of coupons from the Sunday newspaper. You are only limited by your imagination, and what you’re willing to present at the post office for mailing.
Eventually companies will grow tired of receiving unsolicited mail themselves, and will stop sending it to us in the first place. Until that day arrives, check your mailbox daily, and send back that unwanted mail.