We get a lot of catalogs in the mail, probably around one a week, but I don’t think I’ve ever ordered a product from a catalog before (at least as far back as I can remember). 99.9% of the time, the catalog makes a one way trip into our recycling bin and the only one who benefits is the USPS. The other fraction of the a percent covers the times I flip through the little booklet and then I recycle it. I do most of my shopping online, where I can do a quick search for products I need, rather than browse for products I don’t need but might buy because they’re fun or cool.
That said, there’s really no reason to waste the paper and the shipping when I won’t even use it, so I’ve been slowly removing myself from catalog mailing lists. Some companies make it easier than others but these tips should help you get it done quickly.
The easiest way to get yourself removed is to contact the company directly. The first place to check is the catalog itself, many will have instructions on how to get yourself removed from the list. It’ll include your ID or customer number, so you can do it quickly with a phone call. If there are no instructions, go to the website. Many have a form on their website for catalog mailing list removal (Mrs. Fields, which I never recall ordering from, does this). Go to the website and search for “catalog” or “mailing list” to find the link to the removal. Finally, if you can’t find that or they don’t offer it, give them a call or contact them via email.
Catalog Choice  is a free service that helps you reduce unwanted mail. You sign up for a free account and then you select which catalogs you no longer want to get. You simply search for the company, fill out a request, and Catalog Choice sends it on your behalf. They will update the “dashboard” with the status of that request. Finally, another great perk about this service is that it helps you opt out of phone book deliveries (we just got one last week, that went straight into the recycling bin).
Why not recommend Catalog Choice first and then go direct on the ones that aren’t covered by that service? If you only get a few catalogs, it’s easier to call the company directly and deal with them one on one. I don’t know much about Catalog Choice but do you really want to sign up for another account, that you’ll probably forget about, just to remove catalogs? I didn’t. I’m not extremely diligent about privacy but I like to keep as few accounts as reasonably necessary. (that said, I did sign up and it was very easy to use)
Save the Earth and cancel those catalogs you no longer want!
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