Too Much Junk Mail? There's An App For That

This is how it usually goes at my house: I go out to get the mail, and the box is full. But what it contains is three catalogs, two solicitations for charitable donation, a bill or two, and about 847 advertising circulars for businesses I will never patronize. Now I have not only wasted my time with a trip to the end of the driveway, but I have to use space in my trash can and pay someone to haul all that junk away. Multiply that by six days in a week, and you’ve got a huge problem, right?

Maybe not any more, if you’ve got a smart phone. PaperKarma is an app available for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone that claims to be able to significantly cut down on the amount of paper junk mail you get. And it seems as easy to use as a spam filter for your email inbox, which is an added bonus.

How it works is really pretty simple. All you have to do is take a picture of your unwanted junk mail, press the Send key, and PaperKarma will unsubscribe you from whatever mailing list you ended up on to get it. Neat, huh? It takes about 24 hours to get a notification that you’ve been unsubscribed, and it might take a bit longer than that for them to completely stop sending you junk mail, but you should see a huge difference in practically no time. If you don’t get a notification that you’ve been unsubscribed, the app will allow you to check on the status of your request. You can also choose to keep receiving something, but convert to an email subscription instead.

Imagine how much nicer life will be! Not only are you saving yourself time and money, you’re helping the environment by cutting down on the amount of paper junk mail as well as helping the companies who send it out save money. In addition, you’re cutting down on the amount of junk mail that ends up in landfills (reportedly 40% of the one billion pieces of junk mail sent in the US per year goes to landfills unopened). There really doesn’t seem to be a down side here.

But wait, there’s more! It’s free. Yup, free. Why not give it a try?


Source: Ubergizmo

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