Giving Catalog Companies the Message|
A few years ago, the Forest trust learned about a man in Virginia who figured
out how to get the attention of catalog companies who refused to take his name
off their mailing lists. Calling and writing the customer service departments failed,
so he wrote letters threatening to take the customer to small claims court for being
a nuisance. The companies quickly realized that they could not afford to hire lawyers
if cases like this one went to court all over the country, and so they promptly stopped
sending the unwanted catalogs. The following is a sample letter that has worked very
effectively for the Forest Trust.
MAIL ORDER CO. Date
Sell Stuff Drive
City, ST 88888
Dear Sir or Madam:
I have recently begun receiving your catalog. I have not ordered anything from your
catalog nor do I wish to receive it. I therefore request that you remove my name from your
mailing list. If you do not remove my name from your mailing list and I continue to receive
your catalog, I will proceed to file a nuisance claim in Small Claims Court in [your home state].
I also formally request that you do not sell or exchange my name and address to any other
A copy of the mailing label is enclosed for your convenience.
Just Stop It!
Stop the Credit Card offers! Are you tired of getting "free" credit lines in the mail.
These offers can be tempting, but aren’t we in debt enough? If you want to stop
these “pre-approved” offers from filling your mailbox and wasting precious time
and resources, you have it in your power to stop a lot of them. Call Trans Union
at 1.888.567.8688. Be sure to shred all offers that come in as folks can go through
the garbage and apply for you and take advantage of the offer at your expense!
Laura Bühler ©Winter 2002
More pages on specific areas to apply the ideolgy of sustainability can be found at: The Gentle Survivalist