Archive for January, 2008

Stop Your Loose-leaf Junk Mail

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Often my tiny mailbox is jammed with loose-leaf advertising addressed to “RESIDENT,” obscuring or crumpling important mail.


Today I noticed a phone number for inquiries, then called the number and found that they accept requests to be removed from their mailing list!

If you live in the Bay Area and dislike this kind of generic, paper-intensive marketing, do what I did: Call the San Francisco Chronicle at 415.777.7979 and leave a message containing your address exactly as it appears on the mailing.

Thanks to a tip from Kip, I got rid of redplum, an additional source of coupons and junk mail. The publisher (Valassis / Advo) removed my address when I called their friendly consumer support line: 888-241-6760 (8:30am-5:00pm EST). You can also fill out a removal form online.

Valpak sent envelopes of coupons addressed to a “Smart shopper at” my address, so I called the number on the envelope (1.800.676.6878). There was no human, but I was able to get these removal instructions from their automated system:

“Mail your request along with your blue Valpak envelope to:
Valpak Direct Marketing Systems
8605 Largo Lakes Drive
Largo, FL 33773
Your name will remain on our suppression list for two years.”

(I pressed 1 for english, 3 for corporate, 1 for mailings, 2 for removal)