Cutting Out Catalogs

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 10:09am

Does website that promises to end catalog deliveries deliver?

With the holidays approaching, you'll likely see an explosion of catalogs jamming your mailbox.

Consumers often just toss them in the recycling bin or worse, in the trash.

One company has set up a website to help you keep them out of your mailbox for good. has received more than 18-million opt out choices since it launched in 2007.

The service is free, and results depend on a few factors.

"You have to be diligent," says executive director Chuck Teller. "It's kind of like weeding your garden. You can get a lot of the weeds out to start, but over time they kinda come back, you begin to realize the companies you have to work harder with."

When you opt out with catalog choice, it shows you how many trees you saved.

The Direct Marketing Association also offers a free service on its website to help manage mail, and you can always contact the retailers directly and ask them to stop mailing you catalogs.

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