Catalog waste not P.O.’s fault
November 23, 2009 · Updated 10:23 AM
In response to Mr. Mack’s letter regarding too many catalogs. First of all, you only get catalogs if you order, it generates more of them. When you stop ordering you will stop getting them. I use to get them all the time, now I only order online.
There is a “Do Not Mail List” Web site that explains their service: www.dmaconsumers.org. It costs $5 but it worth it, if not there is an address for them also. I am on that list and now I might get only one catalog every two month.
This isn’t the post office doing, it is the vendors who send these as bulk rate mail, which means “Do Not Return To Sender,” so the “customer” has to dispose of them. Some companies do have a “Return Service” where they will take them back, but it costs the vendor more to send them to you, so not many send them out with that service. Otherwise the post office would be making a fortune if they could send these back to the vendors and handle the same catalog twice.
So, the bottom line is that the vendor is the one who is wasting the trees and money, not the post office.