Sending Junk Mail to the Credit Card Companies

A recent NY Times Op-Ed had the turn of phrase, “Credit-card offers came in the mail like confetti” and I chuckled.

Every time a credit card application comes in the mail, I shred it and fill the “No Postage Necessary” envelopes with the shreddies and send it back. I wouldn’t say I’m proud of this, but every time I do it, I giggle my motherfucking ass off. If I’m feeling especially cheeky, I fill the envelope with other household detritus like old keys or screws.

I don’t think I’m doing anything in the war on junk mail, but it is cathartic. Besides, I don’t think you can recycle the shreddies without them blowing all over the street on trash day.

Sending Junk Mail to the Credit Card Companies

0 thoughts on “Sending Junk Mail to the Credit Card Companies

  1. APik says:

    Just FYI, you can register with the credit reporting agencies to opt out of receiving pre-approved credit offers. This will *significantly* reduce the amount of total junkmail you receive.

    In fact, the big companies made this handy website:

    Don’t worry about sharing your info, they definitely already know it.

    I also want to try threatening companies by providing notice that “All mail received at this address from your organization or its subsidiaries after [date] will be subject to a $25 processing fee.” I’m not sure if this is legal and it probably isn’t effective, but it might be fun.


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