Tuesday, June 28, 2011

"No Junk Mail"

When I am canvasing my Territories for new Avon clients, I don't put brochures in mail boxes marked "No Junk Mail". Today I was collecting brochures that I had dropped off the other day and one person had written on the order form:

"Please do not use my mail box for your junk."

I'm genuinely curious for your responses... as they didn't have a "No Junk Mail" sticker on their mail box, is the above commented warranted? I'd really love to hear what you think... and it's okay if you take the side of the person who wrote that message!

NB: For those of you who are concerned about the amount of paper that is used to produce the Avon brochure hopefully these points will relieve you: 1.) I collect the brochures after dropping them off, so they can be reused to canvas more areas; 2.) Once the brochures have expired, I put them in the recycle bin so they can be re-manufactured; 3.) Avon brochures are printed on paper sourced from sustainably managed forests (see the "Avon Paper Promise" here)


  1. You are right to be offended (but try not to let it get to you). Things like this have a habit of getting under our skin and can fester. Unfortunately there are rude, arrogant, ignorant and offensive people in this world and it's left to the rest of us to accommodate them unfortunately.

    Certainly don't approach the house concerned, you don't want to start anything and you probably don't know the type of people who live there. Pleasant, understanding and rational are the words that spring to mind after reading your account that's for sure. Furthermore, it may not have been the home owner or tenant in the first place (it could have been one of their children for example).

    So best just let it go.....

    I on the other hand would go and have some fun with this. I would start gathering all my (better) junk mail, hold it for a month or so and then every once in a while just drop something in the box as I pop past (the idea that they start receiving out of date junk mail for a couple of months could be quite amusing).

  2. Correction sorry.

    Pleasant, understanding and rational AREN'T the words that spring to mind after reading your account that's for sure.

  3. They were in the wrong. It is never ok to be rude and if they did not want further catalogues then they should have said this politely. One thing though, it really annoys me when we get some homewares catalogue in our mail and if we haven't got it out at the right time we get demanding notes. They should not expect people to hand back the catalogues when it was never subscribed to.