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Monthly Archive for July, 2007

Stop Junk Mail Effectively

Gidday,

I have had few requests as to why it is important to use the exact information from the back of the catalog address label in order to be removed from a catalogs mailing list.

If you do not specify a name for a stop request the catalog company will be confused as to which name to remove from their mailing list and as a result nothing will happen. If you are unsure then use your full name as a default, not RESIDENT.

If your name is spelled 3 different ways on 3 different catalogs then you should use the exact spelling as you see it on each opt out request.

Stopthejunkmail allows you to add as many different variations of any household name to your list at no extra cost so you can add Mr Apple, Mr A Apple, Mr Andrew Apple, Andrew Apple and A B Apple or even Andrew Ape!

Additionally you should add your Customer number, Source code and Key code if you have it available to each opt out request. All of these help each catalog company locate your private information within their mailing lists.

Be thorough and you will effectively opt out of postal junk mail .

Cheerio,
Margot

What is the ECRLOT code on my Address Label?

Gidday,

I just received this great question from one of our subscribers this week!

An address label on a catalog has many different pieces of information on it. Of course there is your Name and Address but also included are 3 or 4 other codes which mailers use to track your account and where they got your private information from.

1. Account or Customer Number
2. Source Code
3. Key Code
4. Offer Number
5. Certificate number
6. Reservation Number

Additionally there may be a mail preparation marking in the very first line on the address label called the Standard Mail Enhanced Carrier Route Flat. In this Subscribers case the ECRLOT stands for Enhanced Carrier Route Line Of Travel. This a discount Flat rate that bulk mailers receive for mailing 90 days in advance using the USPS. The codes are for internal use with the USPS.

There may also be other mail preparation markings such as:
Regular: Presorted Standard or PRSRT STD.
Nonprofit: Nonprofit Organization or NONPROFIT ORG. or NONPROFIT.
Basic, high-density, and saturation rate pieces will be marked ECRLOT, ECRWSH, or ECRWSS

As far as I know it is not important when removing your private information from direct mailers mailing lists.

Again, great question!

Cheerio,
Margot

The Truth about Victoria’s Secret

Gidday,

I have been reading another junk mail services’ blog post entitled May Member Update from May 22nd about stopping Victoria’s Secret and how their members have to call them personally to be removed from their mailing list.

stopthejunkmail has been sending removal requests to Victoria’s Secret via email for years on behalf of our subscribers. In return we always receive a VERY helpful and courteous reply with plenty of information on what to expect and how long the process of reducing your postal junk mail with Victoria’s Secret will take.

I am confused as to why another service to stop postal junk mail is giving out incorrect information to it’s subscribers. All you have to do is contact Victroria’s Secret Customer Service Center and send them your removal information including your customer number, source code and Key code. The more detail the better.

Here is an actual response from Victoria’s Secret sent just this week as they started a campaign for their PINK Sale.

> Dear Customer,
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> Thank you for your e-mail regarding your E-Mail Exclusives and catalogues. We will be happy to comply with your request.
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> We have verified that your e-mail address has been removed from our online mailing list. Please allow 7 to 10 business days for this change to occur.
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> It may take up to 90 days for you to stop receiving our catalogues as they are preprinted. We appreciate your patience as this change is being implemented.
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> If for any reason, you receive a catalogue from us after 90 days addressed to any variation of your name or address, please contact us by telephone or reply to this e-mail.
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> Customer, Victoria’s Secret values each of our customers and hope you will grant us the opportunity to serve you again in the future. Thank you for contacting Victoria’s Secret.
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> Sincerely,
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> VictoriasSecret.com Customer Services

Note: I have suppressed our subscribers name and the Victoria’s Secret Customer Service representative’s name from the e-mail for privacy.

Cheerio,
Margot Brown

Live Earth: Answer the Call

Gidday,

Watching Live Earth today was brilliant seeing all those wonderful influential people talking out about saving the environment and how much our climate is in Crisis. It makes everyone of us think about doing our part to help too. If these wonderful singers can do their part surely we can too.

I wonder, do any of those influential people who stood up on stage turn their lights out in their giant mansions or change a lightbulb? Did any of the stars on stage calculate their own carbon footprint?

I wanted to share with you the initiatives we personally are doing in our own home to help reduce our carbon emissions, some of them go as far back as 1998.

Light Bulbs
We have been using Florescent light bulbs since 1999, when the bulbs were big and chunky and expensive called the GE Compax FLB15/TL 15W. Infact we still to this day have some of the original bulbs in the house and they have been through 3 houses! We have now replaced approx. 90% of our light bulbs with florescent.

Toilets
We have Toilets that are 1.6 gallon flush and since the drought that we had here in the front range in 2003 we have been flushing the toilet about once every 2nd time. In New Zealand and Australia we have a brand of toilet called Caroma that is a half flush. I noticed last time we were in The Kitchen they also had these toilets so I know they are available in the US now.

Appliances
We have all new appliances since 2000 and they are all energy efficient. We have a high spin washer so that we don’t have to use additional energy drying clothes.

Hot Water
We always turn down our hot water heater in the summer by 10 degrees or so. We have kids too so it is usually turned down under 120F to avoid scalding.

Leaving the Room
We always only have lights on the rooms we are in and turn lights off when we leave.

Cool It
We use Ceiling fans in all living areas and bedrooms so that we can avoid having the AC on most of the time. We also use the AC fan so that the cooler air from our basement circulates thereby again avoiding the AC being on unnecessarily.

Live in a Bat Cave
We draw the blinds on hot days during the summer to make sure that the heat stays out as long as possible. Also when we built this house we used 3ft overhangs to make use of natural shade. On cold days we draw the blinds to keep the heat in to avoid unnecessary heating. Our friends always complain about how cold our house is but I think that comes from living in NZ where we don’t have central heat and air. I always tell them to put on a jersey!

Heating and Cooling
In the summer we turn the AC up one degree and in the winter we avoid using the heat at night (we use more blankets) and turn the heat down about 2 degrees in the winter.

Boulder Built Green
In Boulder when you build a house the city has guidelines in order for you to be Built Green and we hold a certificate to represent this. In order for your house to qualify you have to accumlate green points.

Stopping Postal Junk Mail
We have been stopping our own personal junk mail since 1999 and now only receive bills and catalogs we love to shop from.

Freiker Bike to School
Our oldest son bikes to school every day, he managed over 150 days last school year. This is the initiative of another local Boulder non-profit Company called www.Freiker.org. The kids are labeled with RFID tags on their helmets and each day they ride under a scanner which records their personal ride history. They then win prizes at each different level of achievement.

Don’t throw it away
We recycle as much paper and plastic as we can through a local Waste management program in our immediate area.

What are you doing in your own home, I would love to hear if your town has any great initiiatives such as the Built Green or Freiker Programs.

Cheerio,
Margot