Remove Yourself from Unwanted Catalogs?

picture-6Last year I found out about CatalogChoice.org, an online site that was supposed to get you removed from unwanted catalogs during our first ever Green Expo at the Wilmington Riverfront. As soons as I got my first unwanted catalog, which to me is pretty much every catalog, I created an account on their site and added the catalog. For the next few months as I got a new catalog in the mail, I got excited to get rid of yet another unwanted catalog. I even began trying to get companies to stop sending catalogs to me at work.

At one point during the process, I swear the catalog companies caught on and started sending the catalogs under different variations of my name and began sending different variations of their catalog. A few examples of this are:

  • I opted out of the Gaiam catalog, and began receiving the Gaiam Mindy Body Arts Catalog
  • I opted out of the Pottery Barn catalog and began receivng the Pottery Barn Kids Catalog
  • I opted out of a catalog using Kevin Kahn and then get another one in under Mr. Kevin Kahn

It has been over a year now and I am finally removed from a good number of catalogs that I opted out of. Somehow within the past year I have also see an influx of random catalogs I’ve been added to. Below is a list of catalogs I have been removed from and a list of catalogs that have specifically said they are refusing my request.  CatalogChoice does offer up the catalogs phone number so you can opt out via phone but I give these companies an F for

Companies not honoring requests from CatalogChoice.org

  • Bike Nashbar
  • JC Penney
  • Lands End
  • PC Connection
  • The Lakeside Collection (one of the random catalogs we have been added to)

Companies Honoring Requests from CatalogChoice.org

  • Back to Basics
  • Ballard Designs
  • Birthday Express
  • Constructive Playthings
  • Crate & Barrel
  • Crutchfield
  • Dell
  • Gaiam
  • Get Organized
  • Hanna Anderson
  • Highlights
  • LL Bean
  • Magellans
  • Olive Juice Kids
  • Pottery Barn
  • Sensational Beginnings

Conclusion
CatalogChoice is a great tool in getting yourself removed from a number of catalogs but it will not stop every single company. If you buy anything online you are subject to getting added to that companies catalog and on occasion other company’s catalogs as well. All in all, I would give Catalog Choice an A- for usefullness.