Who actually likes junk mail? Assuming you’re like most of us and hate it, the good news is that you don’t have to be powerless against it. There are a number of services available to help you stop it from overpowering your mailbox and invading your life.
I’d read about the free services way back when, but never signed up for one since it seemed like kind of a pain and I didn’t really feel like going through the process of opting out from the multitude of direct marketers’ lists. But a couple weeks ago, while reading this post on GetRichSlowly, one service caught my eye: GreenDimes.
My favorite part about GreenDimes? The part where I don’t have to do anything besides sign up. So sign up I did (on May 3, 2008) — I opted for the $20 Premium account (one-time fee) so that GreenDimes would do all the work for me — and the junk mail stopped flowing in almost immediately.
It’s only been a couple weeks and our mailbox is beginning to feel a little lonely. When the occasional catalog does sneak in, I just login to my GreenDimes account, search its vast database of vendors, and with a single click tell GreenDimes to go after the mailer on my behalf. It’s brilliant.
But it gets better!
If you’re not interested in paying 20 bucks (it was well worth it to me), you can actually have GreenDimes pay you $1 to stop your junk mail. If you go that route, you get the Basic account and have to do some opt-out work yourself, but who doesn’t want to stop junk mail? Go for it!
With my Premium account, I get all this good stuff:
- 5 years junkmail protection (sweet!)
- Proven system that will significantly reduce postal junk mail (bring it!)
- Catalog Screener (works like a charm)
- Automatic removal from common junk mail lists (oh yeah!)
- Monthly junk mail list monitoring (rockin’!)
- Protect unlimited number of household names (key to have both me & my wife listed)
- Postage-paid postcards for special mail list removals (since some mailers make it difficult to remove your name)
- 5 trees planted on behalf of member (trees rule!)
- 24/7 Customer service (I like CS!)
The highest-level plan — the Bundle — gets you all that and more goodies, like energy-efficient light bulbs and a reusable shopping bag.
I like that GreenDimes is going after the environmental angle — hence encouraging people to sign up by paying them $1. I’m sure the business angle there is that they’ll generate a lot of buzz and get enough people like me to pay for the Premium or Bundle plans to more than make up for the $5 million they’re investing in the $1 sign-up program.
GreenDimes rocks and yes, it actually works![ Subscribe to gabeanderson.com via email or RSS feed. ]