Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Catalogs Will Find You

by Leann

It's been more than a year since we moved from Texas to South Carolina and I received the notice that mail forwarding ended. So how did every company in America find us anyway?

The amount of paper I am receiving in the form of gift catalogs is unbelievable. In this small city, recycling is free and the pic-up is every two weeks. We have a giant recycling trash can and I never thought we'd come close to having enough recyclables to come close to filling it--until the retail season began around mid-October.

My routine is to go the mail box and then before I even enter the house, I stop at the recycle can and unload everything we will never look at. If I took the time to even glance at all these catalogs I'd never get a book written. It would take me a year to get through this season's catalogs. Since I do almost all my shopping online, I suppose our new address has been shared with every company who sends out paper.

What's interesting is that this wouldn't have bothered me years ago. I remember the days when I couldn't wait for the Christmas catalogs to arrive.

But now I look at all this paper and think about the trees we are killing. We are building a house that is as green as we can afford--and believe me, going this route is very expensive. My perspective about the environment has changed and it makes me wonder how many of these catalogs are made from recycled paper? If just the amount of catalogs that have appeared in my mailbox is any clue, we should never have to cut down another tree.

Despite no mail forwarding, the catalogs have found us. It bothers me. What about you? Do you enjoy all this holiday mail? Do you look at any of it?

10 comments:

  1. I always look at LL Bean and Lands End catalogs, but not the rest of them. I order a lot on line but my daughter in law sends me the links to look at and order from.them. .Then they find me. All you have to do is order one thing and your address might be sold. Hopefully, all catalogs are made from recycled paper.

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    1. Diane, I surely hope they are made from recycled material, but I have my doubts. :-(

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  2. We are INUNDATED with catalogs. It wouldn't be so bad if they sent just one--but there are several lists I'm on where we get at least TWO catalogs a week from each company (and all their subsidiaries). I bought some pants online and now I get at least one catalog from that company EVERY WEEK YEAR ROUND. I don't see how the Post Office can be failing between these catalogs, credit card offers, and the political mailings every fall.

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    1. Totally agree, Lorraine. Maybe the less-than-savvy people who run the postal service should charge those catalog people A WHOLE LOT MORE. They'd be in the black in a year on what's delivered to us!

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  3. I get catalogs with an attachment on the front that says something like LAST CHANCE! and then goes on to explain this will be the last one I get unless I order something. No such luck. They just keep coming. And coming. And...

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    1. I wonder how long after I'm dead that the catalogs will keep coming. :-)

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  4. Thanks for all your comments. It's good to know I'm not alone in my frustration...and sadness at all the waste. On a lighter note, I wish you all a happy holiday season !

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    1. Yes, and we all, thank goodness, recycle! Happy holidays to you, too, Adrienne!

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  5. O wow I am lucky to live in Holland where it is not so extreme. Also, I do have a sticker on my mailbox that I don't want any advertisements. That is also a lot less paper to get rid of! Especially now you can search for anything you might possibly want online as well.

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    1. That's how I shop, Aurian. Online. I really thought when we moved they wouldn't forward this stuff. I just wish they wouldn't destroy so many trees when most people are paying no attention to these catalogs. And how great that you can put a sticker on your mailbox! Wish they would allow that here.

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