Have you bought something or opened an account with a store? Well, doing so will generate catalogs from that store. Unless you have requested not to be placed on their mailing list (out to other such stores), you could soon find yourself overwhelmed with catalogs.....catalogs from businesses you may have never heard of.
Sometimes we don't mind receiving catalogs from stores we have never heard of. Sometimes, especially during the holidays, it can be quite useful to receive those catalogs. Maybe you have access to only a few good shops nearby but they don't have what you are looking for. Those new catalogs sent from across the states can, at times, be very helpful. But be careful; for when you buy out of that catalog, from that store, they in turn may put your name (and address) on their list.....a list that may be sold to other merchants. Before you know it, your mailbox is bulging with catalogs..
Let's not forget the internet. One of the best things about the internet is shopping. There is so much out there to choose from...no need to settle. With the great search engines of today, you can make a search (for whatever it may be) and up pops a wide selection of retailers selling at, sometimes, very competitive prices. It is not unusual to be searching for one thing only to find something else you would rather have. You just didn't know that you wanted it (maybe not knowing it existed) until you saw it on line. Again, be warned; should you buy anything on line, your name and address will most likely be sold to other retailers....and that means more catalogs.
As I see it, you have one of two choices in how you will handle the incoming waves of catalogs.
- You can shred them. It is wise to always shred the outside cover and the inside order form with your name and address printed on it (to divert identity theft) before tossing them in the trash. Also, once shredded, a catalog can be recycled into your garden compost, used as stuffing in pet toys, used as a packing material in shipping boxes, used as a base paper pulp in paper mache and turned into cheap fire starters and logs.
- Go to Catalog Choice and put a stop to all the catalogs you DO NOT want to receive. Recycling your catalogs is great, but it doesn't address the issue of excessive catalogs in your mailbox. It won't reduce the number of catalogs you are receiving. A matter of fact, each new catalog that you receive has a potential of multiplying in additional catalogs. With Catalog Choice, you are back in control. It is fast, easy and free. Using their simple fill in and drop-down menu form, you can control (merchant by merchant) what catalogs you will be receiving.
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