A (tiny) realization about my personal information

Getting junk mail used to be such a pain.  Another “Shopper Stopper”, pizza ad, “coupon book”, or amazing credit card offer.

Yesterday when I received an email (seemingly from a friend) asking for my physical address, I thought: “Hmmm, that’s weird.  Why would this guy be asking for my physical address, I smell a hoax.”  But about 15 seconds later, I was sending my address along anyway.  Why?  Junk mail doesn’t annoy me anymore – it’s spot on “The Annoying List” (TM) has been replaced by junk email.

Turns out the email was legit, so I’ll be expecting my ticking package in the mail any time now.  At the end of the day though – if someone already has my email address… I’ve already lost, so go ahead and take my physical one.

Ed. Note: Junk mail does still annoy me, not because of the time spent carrying things to the recycle bin but because I wish they wouldn’t waste the paper in the first place.  But it takes A LOT of pizza coupons to add up to 1 copy of the Yellow Pages – please people, stop paying for ads in there.  Unless you’re selling hearing aids or Rascals, I have a hard time believing you’re reaching your target audience.

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  1. Tim

    I happen to be one of the owners of MyJunkTree and as a new company I search the web to see if we are getting any visibility out there and I post on relevant blogs.

    We launched the company because we were tired of all the junk mail we were receiving and we personally did not want to bounce all over the web to contact all the different companies to stop it all. First and foremost we wanted to let people choose what they wanted to let come to their home knowing that some people really do like some of the coupons and catalogs. So our clients choose what they want stopped.

    We also had to provide a service that is different than the other services out there, so here is what we offer:

    1. We have a database of over 1300 catalogs that you can choose to stop.
    2. We have over a 2000 charities/Non-Profits that you can stop solicitations from.
    3. Stop the delivery of the national phone directories.
    4. Stop the delivery of the weekly coupons.
    5. Stop the general credit card offers as well as the ones from your own major bank.
    6. Stop the miscellaneous junk mail from the data brokers.
    7. You can register on the National Do Not Call Registry from the website.
    8. You can order your no strings attached free annual credit report right from the website.
    9. We plant trees with every new membership.

    And, yes we are a paid service and yes you can do everything that we do for free, if you want to do all the research and spend the time contacting the companies yourself it can easily be done. We have just done all of the legwork for our clients and feel there is value in the service we provide.

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