Stopping Junk Mail FAQ
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What are people saying about 41pounds.org?
I signed up for your services sometime in the last couple years and am AMAZED by the results. My husband and I have realized that between us, we get maybe 6 pieces of mail a week.
Amy R. — Lyons, CO
This service is so great, and I’ve really noticed an amazing drop in junk mail.
J. Davis — San Francisco CA
Success!!! Thank you for helping us eliminate virtually all the catalogues from our mailbox! For the last 2 days we have received not a one. You are doing a fantastic service for our world, thank you for all of your hard work!
Penny — Verona, WI
41Pounds.org does exactly what they say they are going to do and that’s eliminate 90% of my junk mail. It just works; and that’s the best endorsement I can give.
K. Pasternak — Carlsbad, California
Thank you so much for your service. I used to go to the mailbox and walk immediately to the kitchen garbage pail to discard almost everything I had received. A lot of days every single piece of mail went straight to the trash. Now there is very little to throw away. And it feels great. Good luck to you and your company.
D. Regan — Clarkston, Michigan
41Pounds.org eliminated my junk mail to nearly nothing. No more shredding personal information like credit card applications and a lot less trash. It was worth every penny.
K. Koliba — Macomb, Michigan
I signed my parents up for this service for security reasons and after seeing a significant reduction in their direct mail I happily added my name to the list of satisfied customers.
C. Asmus — Rochester, Michigan
I want to take a second and thank you for your service. I was a bit skeptic at first, but after about a month I noticed a drastic change in my mail. I went from getting on average 10 – 15 pieces of mail a day to about 6-8. The mail that I do receive now is mail that I am interested in. Your service absolutely works, and works well. Thank you so much. Please keep up the good work.
G. Davis — Parkesburg, Pennsylvania
What kinds of junk mail does 41pounds.org stop?
Our service stops most common junk mail such as credit card offers, coupon mailers, sweepstakes entries, magazine offers, and insurance promotions, as well as any catalogs and charities you specify. (You can add more catalogs to your list any time.) You will see a noticeable improvement within 6-8 weeks. After 16 weeks, your junk mail should be eliminated by 80 to 95%. Please keep in mind that some companies print their mailing labels months in advance, so it may take a while for these to stop coming. We guarantee our service. Please let us know if you are still receiving junk mail and we’ll solve the problem or refund your money.
What does 41pounds.org do to stop my junk mail?
Based on the information you provide, we contact 20 to 35 direct marketing companies and catalog companies and instruct them to remove your name from their distribution lists. This includes almost all credit card offers, coupon mailers, sweepstakes entries, magazine offers and insurance promotions, as well as any catalogs you specify. Because some direct marketing companies require your original signature on the unsubscribe request, we send you several pre-addressed postcards that you sign and mail.
Is there anything I have to do?
All you have to do is fill out our online sign-up form and provide us with your address, the catalogs you want to stop receiving and any other names of people receiving junk mail at your address. Also, 41pounds.org will stop the majority of credit card offers from appearing in your mailbox. But one organization has started to require personal information (social security number, birthdates, etc…) that we do not feel comfortable collecting from our customers. To stop these credit card and insurance mailings we highly recommend that you contact www.optoutprescreen.com OR call 888.567.8688. The whole sign-up process takes less than four minutes! That’s less time than the average person spends dealing with junk mail in a single week!
Can I add other people in my household to my service?
Yes — at no additional charge. When you sign up you can add roommates, husbands, wives, etc.... We’ll stop their junk mail, too!
What if there is a catalog I still want to receive?
With 41pounds.org, you’re in charge of which catalogs you want to receive and which ones you eliminate from your mailbox. When you sign up for our service, you tell us which catalogs you don’t want to receive, and we contact them on your behalf. Your favorite catalogs will continue to arrive. Please remember that many catalog companies print their mailing labels months in advance, so it may take a while for these to stop coming. You can add more catalogs to your list any time, and we’ll stop them for you.
How much does the service cost?
41pounds.org stops your junk mail for five years for only $35, which is $7.00 a year or 2 pennies a day. The service covers your entire household for five years. And, 41pounds.org donates $10 of each new subscriber’s fee to an environmental or community organization of their choice. If, for whatever reason, your name gets back on these bulk mailing lists within five years, you can contact us any time and we will go through our entire process again — at no cost to you.
Is there a guarantee that this will work?
Yes, we guarantee our service 100%. You should see a noticeable improvement within 6-8 weeks. Some companies print their mailing labels months in advance, so it may take a while for these to stop coming. After 16 weeks, your junk mail should be eliminated by 80 to 95%. Please let us know if you are still receiving junk mail and we’ll either re-contact the direct mail companies and unwanted catalogs or we’ll refund your money — your choice. We’re here to stop your junk mail and we guarantee it.
How long does my service last?
41pounds.org stops your junk mail for five years. The service covers your entire household for 5 years, even if you move, get married or change your name. If for whatever reason, your name gets back on these bulk mailing lists within 5 years, you can contact us and we will go through our entire process again — at no cost to you. We guarantee our service.
Can I do this myself?
You could do all the leg-work yourself — removing yourself from all the direct mail and catalog lists out there, but it will take you quite awhile. You could spend just as much time getting off these lists as you currently spend sorting through all your junk mail!
Are there other options? What about free services?
There are some companies that offer free services which might sound similar to 41pounds.org, but if you read the fine print you’ll find out that they do NOT provide the complete five-year service that 41pounds.org provides. Some services only stop catalogs, not the rest of your junk mail — like credit card offers which can lead to identity theft. Others only stop a portion of your junk mail — just from the companies that are part of their group. Some that claim to stop your junk mail actually make their money from direct mail companies who very much want to send you their marketing mail. 41pounds.org removes your name from the DMA (Direct Marketing Association) list, which applies to the companies that are members of this marketing trade association. You can contact DMA yourself, but you will find this is not a complete solution since they don’t stop credit card applications and many other forms of junk mail (such as PennySavers, ValPak, etc.). The service 41pounds.org works to remove you from all these lists — for five years — and costs only 2 cents a day. Our customers tell us it’s worth every cent!
How does 41pounds.org protect my identity?
One of the ways that thieves steal identities is from mailboxes and “dumpster diving” in trash bins for pre-approved credit card applications and loan applications. If you’re not receiving credit card offers and other junk mail, identity thieves can’t steal them from your mailbox or recycling bin. With the 41pounds.org service, you won’t have to spend your time cutting up promotional credit cards or shredding applications.
And, rest assured that we absolutely will NOT ever trade, sell, lease or distribute any of your personal information. This is our bedrock policy. For billing purposes, we need your credit card information, but we keep that information only long enough to complete the billing process — then we permanently delete that information from our records.
What information does 41pounds.org gather from me?
We only collect the information we need to remove you from direct mail lists and to contact you in case of a question comes up while we’re working for you (which rarely happens!). We simply ask for your name and address, as well as your phone number and email address. We do NOT ask for your birth date, social security number or other sensitive information.
We absolutely will NOT ever trade, sell, lease or distribute any of your personal information. For billing purposes, we need your credit card information, but we keep that information only long enough to complete the billing process — then we permanently delete that information from our records.
How long does it take for the junk mail to stop?
You will see a noticeable improvement within two months. After four months, your junk mail should be eliminated by 80 to 95%. Please keep in mind that many catalog companies print their mailing labels months in advance, so it may take a while for these to stop coming.
Why can you only eliminate 80 to 95% of bulk mail — why not all of it?
Some direct mail companies completely ignore people’s requests to unsubscribe. 41pounds.org works continually to ensure that our requests are being honored. On the rare occasion that a direct mail company does not honor our request, we can provide you with a form legally requiring them to stop sending you unsolicited mail.
What happens if I move?
No problem! And no additional charge! If you move to a different address within four years of subscribing, simply email us at email@example.com and tell us your new address and your old address, and we will contact the direct mail companies again on your behalf, with your new address.
I already signed up for 41pounds.org; how do I add more catalogs I want to eliminate?
Easy. Just send us an email and tell us the additional catalogs you want to eliminate. Be sure to include your name and address.
What organizations does 41pounds.org donate money to?
41pounds.org donates $10 of each new subscriber’s fee to an environmental or community organization of their choice. As part of the sign up process, each new subscriber selects an organization to receive this donation. Our current partners include Trees for the Future, American Forests, Friends of the Urban Forest, WildWest Institute, Center for the New American Dream and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Does 41pounds.org plant trees?
When you sign up for the 41pounds.org service and choose one of our tree-planting partners to receive your donation, they will plant 10 — 100 trees on your behalf. These organizations are: American Forests, Trees for the Future and Friends of the Urban Forest.
What about mail solicitations from non-profit organizations?
As part of our service, 41pounds.org does not ordinarily contact nonprofit organizations who may send you mail. However, when you sign up for our service, you may list specific organizations that you would like us to contact and request that they stop sending you solicitations. Because of the way nonprofit organizations set up their direct mail systems, we cannot guarantee this part of our service — though it often works effectively. In addition, you may of course contact these organizations directly to let them know your preferences. And, make sure you contact the nonprofit organizations you do support financially and request that they not sell or trade your personal information.