Friday, November 18, 2011

Bank mail do send it back!

I'm sure most of you get unwanted junk mail every day like we do. A day without junk mail is far and few between around here!

The worst offenders are the banks sending credit card applications and promotions. Seems criminal when we deposit money in the bank and we are lucky to get .05% on our money! Yet the credit card offers from Citibank alone had interest rates from 11.9% to 18.9% depending on which one you looked at.

Here is the bank mail we received in the past two weeks! Meg's ex even got one, though he has never lived here, he gets at least one a month. 10 of these were from the fine folks at Citibank.

So you know they all come with self addressed prepaid envelopes inside. The postage is only paid when the envelopes are sent back to the sender. Did you know hard mail costs a lot more than regular mail? I've a friend that told me he had friends that used to tape bricks to the envelopes and send them back. My shed is full of scrap wood. I found some 3/8 inch cuts from 2 inch lumber so I trimmed them down to fit neatly inside the envelopes, two to each envelope.

Here is the 14 envelopes I sent back today, 10 were to Citibank. Note in the photo below "Thanks - we're looking forward to your reply"

Going to make this an regular event sending these back. We have never requested any of this mail. Think of the millions of these they send out everyday, most of them returning either empty, stuffed with junk mail or blocks of scrap wood. Maybe they might end up selling kindling someday. OCCUPY their mail rooms!

Oh guess what, after mailing these today I came home and found another Citibank letter in our mailbox.

12 comments:

FlowerLady said...

LOL ~ I had to read this to DH and it gave him ideas.

FlowerLady

greggo said...

Just don't give them your phone number. lol.

Shady Gardener said...

I'm wondering if those little codes on the bottom of the envelopes identify you? Perhaps it truly doesn't matter, as they should get the idea...

You are too funny! (Citibank is the worst offender, I think!)

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Great post but "Occupy their mail rooms" was too much. I lost it! :))

Ginny said...

Oh, what a great idea :) We once kept count of how many solicitations we received in a month and it was mind-boggling. My husband wrote a column about it (it was when he was still in the newspaper business). But i never thought of filling up those envelopes and sending them back!

Cameron said...

PERFECT! (applause for you) This is the best idea...and, maybe the post offices won't close down because Citibank will pay their salaries with these postage paid envelopes.

Karen said...

Randy, you are a genius. I have a lot of rocks around here I could send them, but I hate to get rid of rocks, lol.

One of my neighbors has been taking all of her ads from the newspaper and cutting it down to size and stuffing the envelopes with that and sending it back to them.

But I think your idea is much better!

ryan said...

It's an impressive idea. I would like to see this practice get so expensive they have to stop it. Beyond even how I feel about the banks, I just want to stop all the wasteful junkmail.

Diana said...

What a hoot! Randy, such a great idea... send this crap back to them. We are sick of it and all the junk mail. We recycle everything here: glass, cans, paper, plastic... take it about once every couple months. I just wish we could send all the junk magazines/ promotional items back.

You and Meg have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Carol said...

Fabulous!! Soon you can start a small business and ship those out to all of us. I am going to do this with something heavy . . . maybe banana peels. HA! You are an inspiration Randy! Thank you!! Now What about those spam calls? Any ideas?

Q said...

We also send back the replies. I never thought to add wood pieces....I do like to mix in some cardboard and other pieces from our bin....
Sherry

Kevin said...

Carol... I had a lady call me on my cell and asked to speak to the woman of the house. It was obviously a spam call because anyone that knew me... knew I wasn't married. So I responded with "There currently isn't one, but you sound really sexy.... would you like to apply?" She hung up on me and I never got a call back from them. :)