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Stop the Catalogs Already

Catalog Choice

The worst part about ordering a home-improvement item or sample online is that you know you’re going to be receiving catalogs in the mail that you may not want, even if you unclicked the send-me-unlimited-marketing-materials-from-you-and-all-your-partners-from-now-until-eternity button.

And how do you stop the catalog influx once it starts? Do you call the customer no-service number and beep through a series of options until you’re pretty sure the human you’re finally speaking with has no power to do what you want done?

Or do you gather together an envelope and stamp and mail your request, being even more sure it will do no good whatsoever?

Yes, I have tried all these tactics, but with little success.

Yet I have high hopes for Catalog Choice, a website where you can indicate which catalogs you’d rather not receive. Then, the website people contact the companies on your behalf and tell them: Stop already!

Catalog Choice is a sponsored project of the Ecology Center. It is endorsed by the National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Resources Defense Council and funded by the Overbrook Foundation, the Merck Family Fund and the Kendeda Fund.

Here are the catalogs I’ve requested a stop to during the last month:

Bed, Bath, & Beyond
Best Buy
Big Dogs
Pottery Barn
Sky Mall
Trader Joe’s

I actually really like all these companies. But I do my online shopping online and see all the ads I need in the daily newspaper.

So far, Bed, Bath & Beyond is the only company that has confirmed my request. Yay! I can log into my account on and keep track of my choices.

All my other requests are marked unconfirmed or pending. I don’t have much hope for stopping Westways as I already made several requests on my own to stop this magazine from coming and I was informed that if I had a AAA card, I was required to get this publication. Does that sound right to you?

The Catalog Choice website states that nearly 1 million people have used the service, and have opted out of more than 11.8-million catalogs.

Have you used Catalog Choice? And did it work?

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