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Well, that was a bust

We receive PILES of catalogs, none of which we have ordered.  Today -- 8 September -- there were SEVENTEEN catalogs in our mailbox.

In an attempt to find a way to cancel catalogs, I discovered an organization named Catalog Choice.  Their website is catalogchoice.org.  They say for you to set up an account, select from their list of 8,000 catalogs, and they'll notify the catalog company to take your name off their mailing lists.

However, it doesn't work that way.  I set up an account and entered three catalogs.  In each case, their website replied that I must send a separate email to the catalog company.  Hell, I can do that myself.  So, I cancelled my Catalog Choice account.  Why do I want to enter information in one website, then, go to my email account and send an email to the company whose catalog I want to cancel?


After reading their description of how they work, I thought all I had to do was set up an account and enter the catalogs I no longer want to receive.  Doesn't work that way.  Their advertising is misleading.

Here is the advertisement from their website:

How it Works

CatalogChoice Mail Preference Service is the easiest and most
effective way to stop unwanted mail.

1. You receive unwanted mail.

Unwanted catalogs, coupons and credit card offers, donation requests, and other junk mail arrive daily and clutter your home or office.
Companies you know mail you because you have done business with them. But many companies send you mail because they bought your information from a data broker — who sells your information to any company looking to market to you.

2. Report it to us.

You can simply log in to create a free account and register your opt-outs online. Just search for the company, and submit the opt—out. For phone books, enter your zip code, and we will show you the directories delivered in your area.

3. We'll take it from there.

We act on your behalf to protect your consumer rights and get your opt-outs processed. You can keep track of your opt-outs, and if you receive the mail again, we will follow up.
We work with over 8,000 companies — and the largest data brokers — to honor your choices and protect your privacy. We have processed over 25 million opt-outs by over 1.7 million account holders.
 They make it sound so simple when, in fact, it's not.  What they don't tell you is you end up having to email the catalog company yourself.

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