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As you may know, I'll be moving to a new place by the end of the summer or so, and I'm seriously considering not putting in a forwarding order with the Post Office when I do. I get insane amounts of junk mail, floods of it, and I'd really like to cut off the flow when I move. I think I'll be OK as long as I make sure to notify all my friends and family and the businesses I want or need to hear from.

Has anybody ever tried not getting mail forwarded when they move to a new place? Did it help to cut down on junk mail? Did you miss any important mail?

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zz_neena From: zz_neena Date: March 25th, 2006 12:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Junk mail is the bane of my existence. But the minute you order ANYthing and have it sent to you, you have begun the process all over again. It multiplies exponentially.

And, the junkiest of the junk mail doesn't get forwarded anyway - it's marked *deliver to current resident* or somesuch.

I share your pain.
florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: March 25th, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't understand why an Internet order triggers floods of catalogs, that can't be stopped even if you ask them to. I loathe catalogs and throw them straight into the trash.

And although I give as much as I can to charity, I don't ever respond to solicitations in the mail, ever. I pick out a few charities each year and do the bulk of my giving through the United Way, then give here and there to other causes, but never because they've sent me something in the mail.

Excellent icon, BTW.
melydia From: melydia Date: March 25th, 2006 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Junk mail isn't forwarded. Not even credit card offers. (At least, they've never been forwarded for me.) I've done it every time I've moved, because even though I tell my friends and family my new address, someone inevitably doesn't learn and it has to get forwarded. Or else I forget to notify somebody important, like a company who sends me bills. So autoforwarding is a safety net for me. (It's also only good for a year, and the people sending the stuff don't get any kind of "your mail was forwarded to this address" notification, so if you never respond, they'll never get your new address.)
florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: March 25th, 2006 12:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
See, the kind of junk mail I'm thinking of is catalogs and charitable solicitations, and as I recall from my last move seven years ago, those do get forwarded. And then, yes, the dreaded credit card offers are always a pain too. It seems I see "address correction requested" on a lot of those envelopes.
judio From: judio Date: March 26th, 2006 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wait a minute..

..are you saying that you get 'junk mail' in RL?!

I get insane amounts of junk mail, floods of it,

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florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: March 26th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Wait a minute..

Yes, of course! Do you mean you don't get junk mail, you lucky thing?

Oh, and thank you. We try our best.
judio From: judio Date: March 27th, 2006 08:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Well, I get junk mail in email

Not in RL though - yet. I suppose one has to be subscribed to dozens of things to get ensnared?

I hadn't even THOUGHT about junk mail in RL. How annoying! Any mail I get, I'd like to be real mail; I can hardly imagine how annoyed I'd be if I were to get dozens and dozens of unsolicited envelopes.

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