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The importance of Customer Numbers when opting out of catalogs

Gidday,

The importance of entering your customer or account number when opting out of catalogs is very important as detailed below in email responses we have received at www.stopthejunkmail.com’s customer service department recently for opt outs from Patagonia.

The address label on your catalog contains precise information so the catalog company can locate your personal information in their database. If you do not have your exact name and include the customer number then you will probably not be removed from their mailing list.

Our advice is to make sure that you give the catalog companies as much information as you can so they may find you in their database and successfully make your catalog choice.

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> Hello,
>
> Is there a customer number on the back of the catalog in a blue box? I
> cannot locate the name or address in our database. If there is no
> customer number or it is all zeroes it was a one-time mailing from us.
>
> Have a good day!
> Skye
> Patagonia Customer Service
>

Another Reply-

> Hi,
>
> Thank you for your email. Unfortunately we were unable to find you in
> our system and if you have a customer number we can then remove you from
> our list. If you do not have a customer number and it’s all zeros, it
> was a one time mailing from us. You can also go to
> http://www.dmaconsumers.org/consumerassistance.html to have your name
> and address removed from other mailings.
>
> Thank you and have a good day!
>
> Patagonia Customer Service
>
>

And Another Reply—-

> Thank you for your email.
>
> Is there a customer number on the back of the catalog? If so, we need
> that number to remove you from our mailing list. If not, or the number
> is all zeros, it was a one time mailing from us.
>
> All the best!
>
> Patagonia Customer Service

Cheerio,
Margot

Be Green Smart – Free Electronics Recycling Days in Boulder

Saturday October 13, 2007 8:00am – 1:00pm Free Electronics Recycling Days.

It was a cooler day in Boulder but sunny as usual. We could feel the fall day in the air. The Daily Camera had a advertisement about the second recycling electronics for free. The ultimate junk mail bigot’s idea of opting out of all your old electronics equipment and giving you the space for the new.

What a great way to keep the landfills from filling up with this old electronics gear that is no longer wanted. The person we spoke with indicated that some will go to goodwill, re-sell some and recycle the rest. We decided to unload a bunch of circa 1990’s monitors, laptops a printer and an old TV.

The event ran from 8am to 1pm and we got there about 9:30am. The line was already about 100 or more cars and the line when right down the road. It was a 1 hour wait to get to the point where we could open the back of the car and let out the gear. One folks running the recycling event (Western Disposal and Executive Recycling) indicated that in the first hour the bins they thought they would fill through out the day were filled by the end of the first hour. They felt bad they were not properly equipped to handle the popularity for the second annual event. They had four 18 wheeler trucks (or fat trucks as my kids call them) and loaded them directly from the cars pulling up. I guess that is why it took so long!

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Cars Lined up waiting to unload the junk

Western Disposal accepts electronics for a fee at their trash and recycle center year-round. Do the right thing, and dispose of your electronics safely, in an environmentally acceptable manner and free of charge.

Bill