Monday, January 24, 2011

an Open Letter

To: all Magazine Publishing Companies, and Charitable Organizations:

Re: The constant mailings and constant {reminders}

Please stop sending out notices to people who have just sent in a donation, or have just recently subscribed
to your publications.
It is rude.
It makes the type A people among us think we are crazy.
You see, when people have just sent in a donation, or they have just sent in a payment, they
do not need to be solicited for another donation (rude), nor do they need to be reminded about
an event that is not going to happen for 11 months (renewal payment) --that is assuming one
would even want to renew. ;).
When conscientious people receive the mailer--and these people have three children under six, a husband,
real bills, a job...the list goes on--we think "Oh, Well, I {thought} I sent that money in..did I?, I guess I will
have to check the check book and see..."
Most people
DO NOT HAVE TIME TO DOUBLE CHECK ON THE NICE THINGS WE TRY TO DO
OR OUR MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS!!!!
So leave us the hell alone--until the money is ACTUALLY DUE!!!
DAMN IT!!!

The following are on Notice:
St. Jude's children's hospital---I sent them 20 dollars..they congratulated me and ASKED FOR MORE
RUDE! RUDE! RUDE! RUDE!!!!
AND
National Geographic Children's Magazine--I even gave two subscriptions to this bi-monthly magazine
as gifts to other children
I WILL NEVER RENEW IT--THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING BUT AGGRAVATE THE HELL OUT
OF ME--AND WE HAVE ONLY READ THE MAGAZINE TWO TIMES!!!
The payment is due NEXT SEPTEMBER.  I have already received two notices to pay for this again...
Hello!!!!
Once again Mama is right--Grandma...
She keeps a simple list on the side of a cabinet.
She writes down each charitable donation.
When another request comes..she just refers to her handy dandy list.
That way--she does not have to go crazy.
It's just hanging there.  It goes from year to year...so like 2010 had a list--now there is the 2011 list.
No spreadsheet--just a piece of tablet paper and an ink pen...so simple, no?

She said for a long time she would write "return to sender" on duplicate notices-but the mailman said
those were {acually} just being thrown away...
What a waste of trees...
If only these companies and organizations were more interested in not wasting money....
and trees...
and my TIME!!!

3 comments:

Melissa said...

I think I am subscribed to TV Guide for like till I die..I have no idea how many years I have pre bought. Oh and by the way, they started doing TWO Weeks of listings some weeks (so less magazines each year). Nice.

Bethany said...

Hear, Hear!! Annoying. Yes. Making me think I am crazy. Yes. Not even wanting to re-subscribe to your boring magazine. Yes. HEAR ye!! ;-)
(happy monday susan! xo!)

Moore, Moore, Moore! said...

Sus,
I am just doing the old WW plan from when I was last going to meetings, about 1 year ago...They have now changed to points plus, I think you get more points, but some things count as more and fruits/veggies are zero, at least that is what my aunt said, she is currently going to meetings. I have all the old plan info and the points finder calculator, so I just use it and use my old point allowed amount...I lost 3 last week....how do you like the new plan and online stuff?? Wish we lived closer, we could do it together! I must say and think that mulitple times per week, man I miss you!