Combat Snail Spam and Email Spam
Give me some ideas on how to combat email spam. Soooo much spam, so little time.
As for the snail mail variety that shows up in at your front door, I have adopted a suggestion made by Andy Rooney. Take the metered mail (no postage necessary) envelopes from all the snail spam you have, and fill them with pieces of junk mail from their own offers and from offers by different snail spam companies. (Dont forget to tear off any identification such as your name and address). Lick your envelope and put it back in the mailbox.
Make sure not to stuff the envelopes too full, because nobody will open them. Stuff them just enough so that the people on the receiving end open them and fish around for a yummy reply card only to find stale spam from other companies.
The idea here is to hit them in the wallet. Force them to pay the postage for the return trip. One might argue that you are forcing a worker on the other end to spend an extra minute opening your mail, but at least you can try to impart a smile on their face by including spam for viagra or tampons when they are expecting a reply card for Car & Driver. Besides, the extra minute they spend opening your mail is also paid for by your target spam company. Another argument is that you should recycle your snail spam. And I agree. So take the nice bits that you can recycle and do so in your own neighborhood while you send back pieces of plastic envelope windows and foil wrapping that you would have to throw out anyway.
How about trying to scan and print the metered information onto a NEW envelope and just fill in whatever address you want, as long as you make it look official. See if you can get away with sending a letter home to Mom paid for by Citibank.