Despite our being in the age of electronic information, digital gadgetry and ever-sophisticated technology, it is amazing how much hard-copy junk mail we receive per year. And some of us don't like it at all. Thankfully, there is a way to stop it. Take our quiz and find out how.
Junk mail is sometimes referred to as:
both of the above
Is it true that some people don't want to receive any junk mail at all?
No, everybody wants to receive at least some junk mail.
Yes, it is true.
Neither of the above is correct.
What were the names of the first 19th-century businesses to send out direct mail?
Guggenheim Mining Industries and Sidney Myer Haberdashery
Cornelius Vanderbilt Railroads, Inc. and Levi Strauss Clothing Company
Montgomery Ward and Sears Roebuck
How much junk mail is sent annually in the U.S.?
22 billion pieces
42 billion pieces
62 billion pieces
What is the environmental impact of these large quantities of junk mail?
It means destroying 100 million trees and using 28 billion gallons of water.
It only requires a small amount of trees and water to generate this amount of junk mail.
Our oceans are drying up and our forests dwindling because of the amount of paper needed.
When you conduct business with a company, what might that company sell to a direct marketer?
your credit card and PIN code numbers
your personal details
a database copy of the item you purchased
Is it necessary to fill out a warranty and return it to a manufacturer?
Yes, or you will have no recourse if something goes wrong.
No, because the receipt alone is sufficient protection.
No, because they don't look at it anyway.
What can you do to stop junk mail deliveries?
Nail a cover over your mail box.
Contact businesses that sell lists of names to direct marketers and ask them to remove you from their lists.
Call the post office and ask them to stop the junk mail at their end.
According to U.S. law, a credit-reporting agency must honor a consumer's request to be removed from their credit offer lists for:
until further notice
In order to get your information out of circulation, you might have to provide your personal details in the opt-out process. Why is this?
It's just bureaucratic formality.
They use it for verification purposes only.
They sell on your details further before taking you off the list.