These Letters Sent To Dead People Are A Little On The Nose

These Letters Sent To Dead People Are A Little On The Nose

The mailer from the Neptune Society addressed to Holland’s father has a point. Many Americans do put off planning for their own burial or funeral until it’s too late, leaving their family members scrambling and guessing when the time inevitably comes. That’s not true for Holland’s dad: he received this mailer two years after he died. [More]

Telemarketers Want Me To Sell My Timeshare. I Don't Own One.

Telemarketers Want Me To Sell My Timeshare. I Don't Own One.

Reader Deon is confused by all the telemarketers calling him and sending him letters, asking if he wants to sell his timeshare. The confusion largely stems from the fact that he doesn’t own a timeshare. He’s tried getting off their lists but it seems his name and number as a “hot lead” keep getting sold around. [More]

Colleges Reap Big Bucks Selling Student Addresses To Credit Card Companies

Colleges Reap Big Bucks Selling Student Addresses To Credit Card Companies

Colleges are making bucket-loads of cash selling their alumni mailing lists to credit card companies. In some cases, they’re even getting a cut on every credit-card purchase or debit-card transaction a student makes. [More]

How Can I Make The Scamtastic Junk Mail Stop?

How Can I Make The Scamtastic Junk Mail Stop?

Jon needs help in getting out from under a pile of junk mail. He writes that after falling for a psychic scam, his grandparents have ended up on mailing lists advertising every scam imaginable. They receive about one hundred pieces of mail per week. He wants to stop the deluge, but isn’t sure how. Can the Consumerist hive mind help him? [More]

AARP Really Really Needs Members

AARP Really Really Needs Members

Adam’s mom recently received an AARP invitation, which is not surprising since she’s nearing fifty. But we think AARP may want to pass a better filter over the address lists they’re buying, because a few days later Adam received the same invitation. Maybe AARP is trying to expand to seniors and their admirers—sort of like a backwards NAMBLA.

Peachtree Doesn't Believe You Really Wanted Off Their Mailing List

Peachtree must have a hard time keeping people on their email lists if they have to resort to this. Reader Chris writes:

I registered my Peachtree accounting software, and started receiving e-mails from them. I unsubscribed, and thought I was done. Today, a few weeks later, I received this e-mail: Please re-confirm your opt-out status…

Getting Off Mailing Lists Is Fun

Getting Off Mailing Lists Is Fun

We sat down to try to get our name off six mailing lists today. It’s really annoying to have all this crap clutter our mailbox. When we get it, we literally walk from the mailbox to the recycling bin. Dump. Nice marketing, guys.