TIL that in the US, you can get advertisers to stop sending you physical mail by telling the post office "that you, *in your own discretion*, believe [the advertisements] to be 'erotically arousing or sexually provocative.'" (Emphasis mine.)
USPS and the advertiser are not legally allowed to contest this.
So if you tell them that CreditOne mailings just make you *too horny*...
@noelle i'm sorry but coupons and savings are just too hot. please never tempt me with redplum again
@KitRedgrave they don't call it *junk* mail for nothin'
@noelle does this work for like
@noelle for creditone specifically they appear to respect the "credit offer opt out" form available here: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0148-prescreened-credit-and-insurance-offers
i filled it out and stopped receiving that particular kind of mail. still get lyft ads tho. guess its time to feign horniness for driving
@KitsuneAlicia I mean, the no solicitation list has always been purely voluntary and therefore never respected, so this is better *in a way*?
@noelle you know, some of the wilder credit card ads I've seen have literally put *cologne/perfume* inside the envelope. it's definitely some creepy corporate idea of a seduction ritual.
@noelle I think I want to test this theory.
@noelle this sounds like an effective way to get most of your mail misdelivered by a carrier
(I hate how much discretion mail carriers have in not delivering mail)
@noelle i just have this thing with variable interest rates STOP KINKSHAMING ME
@noelle, for credit card offers, I would take everything in the offer and send it back with the provided pre-stamped envelope (not filled out and maybe with some extra trash). For quite some time the offers increased, but eventually I stopped receiving them. The second to last one I received didn’t include an envelope, which I saved until the next one which included an envelope. I shoved both offers in the envelope and sent it back. It was somewhat of a fun game for me.
@noelle Why is america like this? In germany you can just put a *no advertisements* sticker on your mailbox. And if you still receive ads you can go to court.
USPS vs corporations
@kOcto @noelle In the US corporations have legally been declared "persons" and their political donations "free speech". So they pretty much have free reign over our psyche and political system. It's possible that they'll also privatise the postal service; they've been trying for years. One way they're destroying it is legally requiring it to pay for itself, so if not for paid junk mail and Amazon shipments it would collapse.
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