Catalog Choice

It’s always a shock to me when I actually receive mail that I’m expecting and need because most of the time my mailbox is filled with junk mail. It’s become so bad that I’m actually glad to see bills because at least they’re real pieces of mail. I especially despise mail that appears to be important and relevant at first, but once you open the envelope, the stench of junk mail is so strong that you can’t throw it away soon enough. Another one of the worst junk mail offenders are companies that send out massive catalogs that are as big as epic novels. If you actually want to look through them, then that’s understandable, but if you’re just going to trash them, why not put a stop to the madness and help the environment in the process? Catalog Choice will help to put you back in control of the catalogs that you receive in your mailbox.

If you want to really open up your eyes to how bad the situation is, just take a look at the Environmental Facts page. After looking at those figures, you’re bound to think of some catalogs that you’re currently receiving that you’d like to eliminate from your life. Doing this by yourself can be a challenge, but Catalog Choice assists you because once you become a member, you select the catalogs that you want to opt-out of, and they’ll notify the catalog providers for you. Don’t expect to find every catalog listed on the site, but their database is growing, so see what you can get rid of today.

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  1. anne says:

    I am all for canceling unwanted catalogs; however, I have discovered a few things about Catalog Choice that concern me about their service.
    1. Catalog Choice is not a secure sight and they do not have a process in place to securely transfer your personal information to catalog retailers. Any information you provide to Catalog Choice could be past to people whom you do not want to share with.
    2. Prior to listing at least some of the larger companies on their site, Catalog Choice did not work with the companies to create a process to transfer information in and format/file that the retailers could work with.
    3. There is no follow up or guarantee that your request will be past to the catalog company’s and processed as requested. I also have the option to choose email notification if I want it.

    Bottom line, I choose to go directly to Catalog sites and request that I be removed from their mailing list. This what I know there is a process in place.

  2. Chuck says:

    We *do* have a secure site and secure means to transfer your requests to catalog retailers. We have successfully processed over 10 million opt-out requests. There are over 500 catalog titles that have signed a license agreement guaranteeing that they will honor the request you enter at our site. The other catalog titles that are listed on our site are contacted using the catalog’s online service – the same way you would contact them electronically if you do it yourself.

    If you prefer to do it yourself, that is great! But we know that millions of people won’t make the effort, so we are providing our service.

    Together, we can make a difference.

    Chuck Teller
    Executive Director
    Catalog Choice