No junk mail
The No Junk Mail sticker is very effective. I rarely get anything — notable recent exceptions being an ALP brochure about the local candidate, and Coalition brochures with lots of red ink slagging off the ALP. I wonder if electoral material is exempt?
(Local sitting member Andrew Robb looks a bit like an older Kevin Rudd, doesn’t he.)
But these aren’t as objectionable as a personally addressed letter from the Coalition which included an Australian Government Coat of Arms and text that implied it was about my electoral enrolment. Oh, of course some junk mail sneaks in with the local papers, but even the local papers are sporadic now; perhaps half the distributors think they’re Junk Mail.
Admittedly I miss some of the catalogues a little bit, and so end up reading them when I go over to my mum’s place. But I just discovered the Catalogue Central web site where you can browse a wide range of catalogues online — and those they don’t have on their own site, they link to official sites if they exist. Very cool.
(Note to the Americans: in Australia we don’t have a big issue with catalogue mailing lists, which Buzz Bruggeman recently noted can be stopped via CatalogChoice.org… though some claim it doesn’t really work. Junk mail AU means unaddressed brochures.)
Speaking of junk mail, Hummer UK spammed me. Seriously, apart from the fact that I’m on the wrong continent, is there anybody less likely to want to buy a Hummer than me? So not only do they they make those hulking great Enviro-Bastard tanks (No, a Hummer is NOT greener than a Prius), burning up the planet’s resources… they also spam people. Evil gits.
Next they’ll be sending me junk mail.