Some people love browsing through catalogs. Not me. I browse (and often shop) online, and really resent it when a merchant adds me to its catalog list. I don’t like it that trees have to die, my mailbox gets clogged and I have to take the time to get the deluge to stop.
Fortunately, it doesn’t take much effort these days, thanks to Catalog Choice, a free service that helps you boot catalogs you don’t want. Sign up is easy and the site lists most major catalog mailers (although you can speed up results by using the information from the catalog’s back page, which often includes a customer number that can help the retailer pinpoint you in its database and a source code that tells where it got your information).
For $20, you also can sign up for its “unlisting service,” which helps scrub your information from third-party marketing databases.
A few minutes is all it takes to save some trees–and space in your mailbox.