Maybe you’ve never been blessed with receiving them. If you are, please tell me how you’ve done it. I’ve tried several tactics to be taken off these mailing lists. I’ve even been to the Federal Trade Commission site to remove myself from these mailers, but shockingly, I still receive them all the time. The site boasts:
“Tired of having your mailbox crammed with unsolicited mail, including preapproved credit card applications? Fed up with getting telemarketing calls just as you're sitting down to dinner? Fuming that your email inbox is chock-full of unsolicited advertising? The good news is that you can cut down on the number of unsolicited mailings, calls, and emails you receive by learning where to go to "just say no.”
Logging all of your personal information into the forms they provide, writing in, or calling are supposed to allow you to opt out for five years at a time (hello?) or permanently. I’m beginning to think this is like being on the “Do Not Call List for your phones – has it helped you? So I’m wondering if this site to opt out of unsolicited mail, telemarketing and email really works or if it’s just a myth full of promise to not be bothered. Someone once said that if you open the mail, stuff everything back in the envelope without filling it out and mail it back, these companies would stop sending them to you. Well, that isn’t working either.
Recently while reading an article on Citi Bank, I realize that I’m not imagining this. They do in fact target existing customers. This year, they have already sent out two million letters to existing customers to let them know about their new AAdvantage Debit Card. I guarantee I received at least three of those letters.I understand that marketing is key for such companies, but enough is enough. You have to admit, it’s sad - how much money they must have to simply throw it away on people like me who do all their credit card business online (paperless statements and mail) so we tear up everything received from them without ever opening it. What a waste for a company, but it must be paying off as they never stop.
For more information on the above topics, please visit:http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt063.shtm