Getting rid of junk mail

A friend recently told me about a for-fee service offered by GreenDimes to get rid of junk mail. GreenDimes charges $36 a year and promises to get rid of junk mail and plant a tree each month.

Did a bit of digging around and discovered what seem to be a couple of relatively simple and low cost steps that promise to do the trick as well:

  • The Direct Marketing Association appears to offer consumers a service for a $1 fee that prevents mail from DMA members for a period of 5 years.
  • The major credit reporting agencies have a site for consumers to stop receiving credit card offers (we seem to get about one every day on the average).

I tried to figure out what additional features were offered by the GreenDimes service – they appear to hint at covering a proprietary list of junk mail sources in addition to the ones above and also seem to offer a level of customization in terms of being able to receive certain types of junk mail if desired. For now, I think I’m going to stick to the cheaper DIY method and see how well it works before I fork out more money …

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