How to handle Junk mail and calls

Have you been bothered by spam calls and paper mails? I have. I keep getting calls to join some club, open a new bank account, a mutual fund account etc. I also quite regularly receive letters which ask me to sign up for some magazine subscription, enter some sort of lucky draw to win a prize, get mystery gifts, get a credit card etc. All of it, though not major, is a pain and sometimes extremely irritating. So some tricks on how to handle these annoyances and turn the tables back on them :D

(Though originally for the US, it should work here too. Just read cents in terms of INR ;) )

Three words to irritate telemarketers!

The three little words are: “Hold On, Please…”

Saying this, while putting down your phone and walking off (instead of hanging-up immediately) would make each telemarketing call so much more time-consuming that boiler room sales would grind to a halt.

Then when you eventually hear the phone company’s “beep-beep-beep” tone, you know it’s time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task.

These three little words will help eliminate telephone soliciting.

Junk Mail Help:
When you get “ads” enclosed with your phone or utility bill, return these “ads” with your payment. Let the sending companies throw their own junk mail away.

When you get those “pre-approved” letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and similar type junk, do not throw away the return envelope.

Most of these come with postage-paid return envelopes, right? It costs them more than the regular 37 cents postage “IF” and when they receive them back.

It costs them nothing if you throw them away! The postage was around 50 cents before the last increase and it is according to the weight. In that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little, postage-paid return envelopes.

Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send a pizza coupon to Citibank. If you didn’t get anything else that day, then just send them their blank application back!
If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn’t on anything you send them.

You can even send the envelope back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! It still costs them 37 cents.

The banks and credit card companies are currently getting a lot of their own junk back in the mail, but folks, we need to OVERWHELM them. Let’s let them know what it’s like to get lots of junk mail, and best of all they’re paying for it…Twice!

Let’s help keep our postal service busy since they are saying that e-mail is cutting into their business profits, and that’s why they need to increase postage costs again. You get the idea !

If enough people follow these tips, it will work and they will eventually start getting discouraged ;)


  1. Haas March 31, 2006

    Lol… I totally love that return mail idea :)>-

  2. Lei April 4, 2006

    Nice ideas :) Can’t wait to try them myself ;)

  3. AJ April 4, 2006

    yeah.. they should suffer as well :D

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