I hate junk mail.
When I go to the mailbox, I’m looking for checks, good news and the occasional unwanted bill. What I hate to find is random minutia from companies who don’t have my permission to bug me. It’s really the worst way to try to sell me something and the easiest way for a company to end up ignored.
For years, I’d go right from the mailbox to the recycling bin, grumbling as I tossed the junk mail and wishing there was a way to make it stop. Then last year, I discovered PaperKarma, an app created to address my junk mail woes. It remains on the list of apps I won’t live without. Here’s a quick review to get you started.
PaperKarma was started by two guys who clearly hate unsolicited mail as much as I do. The goal was to help people like us control what we receive from companies. I can’t begin to understand how they manage such a vast undertaking, but I’m glad they are.
Here are some of the fun facts they share:
- Every single U.S. household receives about 850 pieces of unwanted mail per year.
- There are more than 100 BILLION pieces of mail per year in the U.S. and 44% ends up unopened in landfills.
- You’ll spend the equivalent of 8 months of your life dealing with unsolicited mail.
I’m just curious to know how long companies will continue to advertise this way, considering the effect on the environment and the corresponding effect on people’s nerves!
The PaperKarma app really couldn’t be easier to use. You get a piece of unwanted mail, use the app to snap a picture of it and they do the rest.
You have the best possibility of success with mail that has your name on it (as opposed to those addressed to “Resident”). Your home page includes a list of all the companies you’ve requested along with a status report indicating which requests are pending, successful or failed.
You receive notification once you’re unsubscribed and if you continue to receive mail, it’s easy to let PaperKarma know if a company is not cooperating. I’ve seen a marked decrease in mail with only a few rebellious senders. The app is free, the process is simple and I’m enjoying the results.
If you’d like to know more, visit the PaperKarma. It’s available for iPhone and Android, and again, it’s completely free. If you decide to give it a try, leave me a comment and let me know and if you’re already a committed user, I’d love to hear about your results!
This is an unsolicited, unsponsored post because I love this app!
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