Reducing Unwanted Mailach year, millions of Americans make one or more purchases through the mail. When you make these mail-order purchases, your name often is added to a list and marketed to other companies that do business through the mail. While many people enjoy the catalogues they receive as a result of these lists, those who would like to receive less national advertising mail can ask companies not to rent or share their names with other mailers. If you choose not to shop at home you can also write to or visit the web page of:
Direct Marketing Association (updated as of 3/20/12)You can register for Mail Preference Service two ways:
1120 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036-6700
212-768-7277, ext. 1500
- Fill out the online form with all required information. Registering online is the fastest way to see results.
- Complete the mail-in registration form. Print the form and mail it with a $1 check or money order (to cover processing), payable to the Direct Marketing Association, to the address on the form. Processing by mail takes longer than online registration.
Individuals who would like to use this service are requested to provide their names and addresses (including zip code), and any spelling variations they have noticed on mailing labels. Note: You must re-register every five years.
It may take a few months before there is a noticeable decrease in the amount of national advertising mail delivered. In addition, local advertising mail, such as store flyers, will not be affected. In these cases, you can write directly to the mailer and request that your name be removed from the mailing list.
To keep your name off unwanted mailing lists, contact mail-order companies (and other organizations) to let them know that you not want your name and address shared with other businesses and organizations. In this way, you can still order by mail and belong to charitable organizations without worrying that the amount of unsolicited mail you receive will increase.