How can it be that when we changed our address that the earliest organizations to pick up the change was the myriad of catalog companies? At first, we had no catalogs in the mail box, and only got first class mail with, of course, a yellow sticker that notified us to let our first class mail (credit card companies, utilities, friends and family, and the like) know of the change. Not once in the first two weeks did we receive a catalog. It was marvelous, to say the least; however, it didn't last.
Once again, we are bombarded with catalogs. What is worse, we are getting catalogs that we've never received before, and we are also receiving catalogs that I know that I entered on Catalog Choice. (Catalog Choice is a website that allows people to opt out of catalogs for whatever reason--saving trees, don't desire, etc.)
Somehow, these companies are more efficient at changing addresses than those who actually need to get in contact with us. It is amazing, really, this efficiency to change the address quickly, and to spawn even more catalogs from these changes.
Then, of course, we have noticed a sudden increase in telephone calls from charities, too, asking for money...most times for money that ultimately goes, not to the charity itself, but for administrative and telemarketing costs.
If the federal government could utilize this same efficiency, perhaps we'd could start balancing the budget, get spending under control, and more. Perhaps telemarketers would call about impending tax assessments that would have been mailed out through the catalog companies' pipeline of address changes.
Alas, it is not to be! The only thing for sure is that the mailman will soon blame us for his back problems, and we will be buried in the avalanche of catalogs and won't be able to get to the phone to answer "No!" to the charity who asks for only a small donation of which 15 cents will go to this all-important charity that no one has ever heard of.
Causes Nancy Smith Supports
Doctors without Borders
American Diabetes Association