ethernight
Junk Mail
September 3rd, 2003 03:54 am
Hi Honey, I'm home.

Burning Man was was difficult. Amazing. But... more on that later.

I just wanted to make a quick note before I go to bed. I read awhile ago... I think in an eMail forward, a suggestion to take the business reply envelopes from junk mail, stuff them with other junk mail, and drop them in the mailbox. It advised stuffing them as full as possible, even going so far as to tape pennies to the inside of the envelope. Therefore, since the post office charges by weight, they will have to pay that much more.

The idea is that, beyond simply annoying the people that send you junk mail, if enough people do this, the cost of sending out junk mail will become such that it is no longer a feasable method of advertisement.

I fell in love with the idea, but somehow never got around to doing it until today.

I got a letter in a very plain, official looking envelope marked "Urgent." It turned out to be cleverly disguised spam, and it made me just livid that they had tricked me into opening it. So, I stuffed it full of Ralphs coupons and wrote a note in big bold letters telling them to stop filling my mailbox with trash, and dropped it in the mailbox. It was so wonderfully satisfying, that I have decided to do it all the time from now on. You should too! I can't wait to get my next credit card offer! Whee!
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From:_veronica_
Date:September 4th, 2003 - 12:49 am
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oh yay! what a great idea! i just finished sorting a ton of mail, most of it junk mail, so i have a whole pile to play with.
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From:ethernight
Date:September 4th, 2003 - 02:09 am
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Whippie!

You know, I was thinking... if I wanted to really try to make a difference, I could make an organization with a nice slick professional looking website that's about anti-junk snail mail. It would encourage people to return junk mail for junk mail. Then you could print out little cards that had slogans on them along with the website address, and you could stick them in your envelopes that you are returning. This would serve the dual purpose of spreading the word to people that hate junk mail, as well as having more inpact on the companies receiving the backlash, because they will know that there is a whole movement behind it instead of just some weirdo.

Humm... maybe someday when I'm not so completely burnt out I'll do that.
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