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Charity junk mail
« on: July 21, 2008, 08:29:13 pm »
Is anyone else getting spammed with charity junk mail stuffed through their doors?

We had two deliveries today. One from the World Relief Mission and the other from the Mother Teresa Childrenís Foundation. Both charities had  similar West Sussex postcodes.

The first contained a packet of tacky 'Mother Teresa Prayer Beads' (picture below) to be used use to 'pray for hungry children', and the second a fabric carrier bag (which actually might come in useful). 

The problem is that I am faced with a dilemma.  I donít want the stuff, but donít see why I should have to package it up and pay postage to return to sender. So it will end up in the shed or in the bin.

I have just signed up (again) for the Mail Preference Service. Fingers crossed that will do the trick, but I am starting to wonder if they let charities through the net.

Oh, if anyone wants the prayer beads or the carrier bag, send me a personal message.

David




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Re: Charity junk mail
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2008, 01:24:47 pm »

 Charity Junk Mail

 David.

 Like you I am brassed off with these charities, but what you have to remember is that they are run by commercial organisations. These company's pay whatever charity employs them a set amount of receipts, normaly around 2,1/2 %. They also put out misleading statments like, we give all collections to the nominated concern, what they fail to mention is that is after expense's. The trick is that these expenses include big fat salary's and the usual inflated expenses ect ect.

I am not even sure that if you send direct to the charity it does not go to the comany as part of the deal. Before retirement, as Chairman of various trade organisations I always norminated a well know old soldier's home to receive donations, that is, until they employed a commercial company who then proceded to send me tons of literature by every post.  We are all are targeted and graded  A, AA or AAA according to the percieved wealth of the area. What is even worse, I believe they even sell the lists to other organisations when they have exhausted the names.

No one objects to genuine charities, (and I still give to selected ones) but this unsolicited commercialism is one step to far, and now, in my opinion, counter productive. I object to being targeted in order to  make me feel guilty just to swell the salary of some faceless director using a charity as a front.

What I always do, is use the envelope provided and send it back unstamped. 
 
I hope that has been some help.


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Re: Charity junk mail
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2008, 09:07:31 pm »
For goodness sakes JUST PUT IT in the bin.
 

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Re: Charity junk mail
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2008, 12:45:36 am »
But why should people have to put unsolicited rubish in their bins?
 

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Re: Charity junk mail
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2008, 06:16:34 am »
But why should people have to put unsolicited rubish in their bins?

Exactly, that's part of the problem. It's the junk aspect. By recycling cardboard, plastic, tins, glass, paper and garden rubbish we are down to one bin bag a week for collection.  And the stuff doesn't fit into any of the recycling categories.

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Re: Charity junk mail
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2008, 08:09:41 pm »
But it isn't a problem. When have the refuse collectors ever refused to collect excess bags? I've lived here for 47 years and the 'bin men' have never refused to take away anything that I have left out.
 

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Re: Charity junk mail
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2008, 12:36:59 pm »
Maybe it is a problem!

Perhaps it would be more useful to know how much of the rubbish collected is discarded unsolicited mail and how that is reflected in the cost of the council tax.

If the binmen have to collect more rubbish then we will be charged more. Meanwhile the companies churning this stuff out never have an incentive to stop.

Any junk I receive I send back in envelopes whether it is from the same company or not + my address - usually stops it. Just in case not, it's always useful to add a pebble or two!

 

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