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Comments on news posted 2013-02-13 08:14:27: If you happen to live in an area that has what passes for United States broadband competition, you're probably all too aware of the massive load of junk mail you get from carriers. ..

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ArrayList
netbus developer
Premium
join:2005-03-19
Brighton, MA

comcast just as bad

I get just as much mail from Comcast for xfinity. Which is odd b/c I am a business class customer. I can't get xfinity while I'm on contract. You'd think they might know this and not waste money marketing to me.



AnonMan

@comcast.net

Junk...

It's sad, they don't let you unsubscribe neither and most of it is addressed to "Neighbor" or "Current Resident" etc. so you can't even refuse it as post office doesn't allow if addressed that way.

I was getting this crap when I had service, made me feel better about canceling it too! They waste so much money that could be used to reduce service cost. How about offer a way to opt-out if we don't want your junk!


cahiatt
Premium
join:2001-03-21
Smyrna, GA

I think I get that same crap from them every 5 to 10 days.

I love the headlines on their mailings. "Dear educated consumer"....

Of course I'm an educated consumer. That's why I didn't sign up for your service.



nightdesigns
Gone missing, back soon
Premium
join:2002-05-31
AZ
Reviews:
·CenturyLink

That's nothing!

Click for full size
I collected the amount of junk mail I get from cox for a month and posted it here: »[Off Topic] Dear Cox Advertising Department I get that much mail, every month...between 17 and 20 different items. I contacted cox multiple times to see if they can scale back, nope.
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Darknessfall
Premium
join:2012-08-17
kudos:6

That's the "mostest" junk mail I ever saw!



Darknessfall
Premium
join:2012-08-17
kudos:6
reply to nightdesigns

- Darnit... double post..



SpamEater

@anonymouse.org

Spam

As I've told peeps in my circle, if they stop wasting the cash you pay them on this crap they will find yet another similar way to waste it.....and hey, they're keeping the USPS off life support.



Bamafan2277

join:2008-09-20
Jeffersonville, IN

Send it back!

I used to save the junk mail like that from a couple places and after I had a nice stack and they sent me something with a reply envelope I would stuff all their stuff in it and mail it back to them. They get charged more than regualr postage rate for that service so getting a extra heavy package will get their attention pretty quick.

After doing this 2-3 times I no longer get their stuff.



aciddrink

join:2000-08-26

Insight

Insight Broadband (Now owned by Time Warner) is also really bad with this.

They send me 2-3 letters per week disquised as other companies. Then when I open the letter it's the same "LIMITED TIME ONLY" message about buying a TV package.

They take it a step farther though. About once per month I get a phone call from some "quality control" person to make sure my "service is working well"... "Oh it is?...Well can I interest you in upgrading your service to include TV with this limited time offer?"


rtalcott

join:2003-12-02
Albuquerque, NM

cost estimate

Anyone have any real idea of what this costs....development, production and delivery?

I dumped my AT^T cell over a year ago and I still get weekly crap in the mail.
rt



CylonRed
Premium,MVM
join:2000-07-06
Bloom County

I get the same crap and

U-verse is not even available to me...


Bob4
Account deleted

join:2012-07-22
New Jersey

Cablevision

Cablevision has a 'do-not-mail' list. You can add your name via an online form.


NOVA_UAV_Guy
Premium
join:2012-12-14
Purcellville, VA
Reviews:
·Comcast
reply to nightdesigns

Re: That's nothing!

Well, I just can't resist...

That's what you get for being a Cox Sucker!

LOL

(Yeah, they didn't like it either when I screamed that as I left their lobby years ago after turning in my cable equipment before I moved out of Fairfax County.)
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NOVA_UAV_Guy
Premium
join:2012-12-14
Purcellville, VA
Reviews:
·Comcast
reply to SpamEater

Re: Spam

said by SpamEater :

....and hey, they're keeping the USPS off life support.

And that's a good thing? The USPS should have died a long time ago. Any organization whose cornerstones are poor service and lazy employees doesn't deserve to be around, especially when there are private sector competitors who do a far superior job.
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The only difference between Bush and Obama is the group they're wasting our taxpayer money on. It's time to elect responsible legislators.


battleop

join:2005-09-28
00000

1 recommendation

reply to Bamafan2277

Re: Send it back!

My dad had a VP that would do something similar. They used to get product catalogs from people wanting to see them equipment and often they didn't pay enough postage so they would charge us the postage. It would irritate him that we had to send someone over to the post office to pickup a package and then pay to pick it up only to find it was something we had not ordered. So he would go out to the warehouse and find a bunch of random nuts and bolts and send a package back to the sender, short of the postage, with a nice little note.
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SunnyD

join:2009-03-20
Madison, AL
reply to CylonRed

Re: I get the same crap and

^^^ What he said.



pjcamp

@choopa.net
reply to ArrayList

Re: comcast just as bad

Does it come to you in Spanish, like mine?

AT&T is also sending door-to-door salesmen through my neighborhood. One of them came by a couple of weeks ago and told me two big lies in less than a minute -- that AT&T no longer has a cap, and that I now have fiber to the home rather than just the node. Comcast at least hasn't done that.



ArrayList
netbus developer
Premium
join:2005-03-19
Brighton, MA
reply to NOVA_UAV_Guy

Re: Spam

the usps cant die. it's one of the few agencies in the constitution


Matt7

join:2001-01-02
Columbus, OH
Reviews:
·AT&T U-Verse
·Insight Communic..
reply to aciddrink

Re: Insight

said by aciddrink:

Insight Broadband (Now owned by Time Warner) is also really bad with this.

They send me 2-3 letters per week disquised as other companies. Then when I open the letter it's the same "LIMITED TIME ONLY" message about buying a TV package.

YES! Insight is the king of that... looks like an official letter from something important then you open and it's "Insight" ... I finally memorized their mailing address and just looking knew it was Insight without opening it.. I would sometimes get 3-4 pieces of mail from them a week.


ilikeme
I live in a van down by the river.
Premium
join:2002-08-27
Sugar Land, TX
kudos:1
Reviews:
·Vonage
reply to aciddrink

Charter is horrid about that around here. They usually disguise it as something important, but the dead give away is that it is usually addressed to "Neighbor" Or "Current Resident." Since no one by those names live here, I write "return to sender, does not live here" on it and stick it back in the outgoing box. No way I am switching from FIOS to Charter lol.


supertbone

join:2002-04-04
Pleasant Grove, UT

Comcast sends out a lot of crap too

In my neighborhood Comcast sends out a lot of junkmail, I get something every week. My small town is surrounded by three cities that have municipal fiber ISPs and even though there is no active initiative to bring fiber to my town I wonder if Comcast is working proactively to fend it off, even though their deals suck. Centurylink has a crap product (1.5 Mbps) and they know it, they don't send out nearly as much garbage. There are 3 WISPs in my town that I know of, Digis is the only one that kind of advertises. Rapidwave and Miles Wiresless don't. I went with Miles, they have a solid product with no caps or ticky tack fees. Plus I know the owner-operator. He's a stand up guy.



Jim Gurd
Premium
join:2000-07-08
Livonia, MI
reply to Matt7

Re: Insight

said by Matt7:

I finally memorized their mailing address and just looking knew it was Insight without opening it.. I would sometimes get 3-4 pieces of mail from them a week.

Take a look at the postmark. If it says "presorted standard" it's guaranteed to be junk mail.

NOVA_UAV_Guy
Premium
join:2012-12-14
Purcellville, VA
Reviews:
·Comcast
reply to ArrayList

Re: Spam

Then let them stay alive, with one employee per state whose job is to sit at a desk and try to stay awake all day. Pay them a salary of $1 per year. (I'll bet the Constitution doesn't mandate how big they have to be. )

The simple point is that the USPS is a huge waste of money, especially when FedEx can get stuff there faster and more reliably. I don't trust the USPS, and neither should others. (By extension, this also means I no longer trust UPS, as they contract some of their deliveries out to the USPS. Since they can't guarantee me that USPS won't handle/deliver my package, I don't use their services anymore.)
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The only difference between Bush and Obama is the group they're wasting our taxpayer money on. It's time to elect responsible legislators.



LightS
Premium
join:2005-12-17
Greenville, TX
reply to CylonRed

Re: I get the same crap and

Same, but I also get it from TWC who is ALSO not available to me!



jgkolt
Premium
join:2004-02-21
Avon, OH

endless messaging

UVerse pushes extremely hard to get you to sign up even if you are signed up. When was in an att area a few years ago they would stop at my door at least once a week, go to the local bar and setup a booth, mail me every week. I dint have a home phone luckily as they would have probably called me non stop. I moved and the price jumped 25% and that was 4 years ago.


travelguy

join:1999-09-03
Santa Fe, NM

Same Here

My parents (retired) have been absolutely inundated with uVerse marketing material once uVerse was rolled out in their area. Fortunately the door knockers seem to have gone away, but the mail bombs continue.

They are perfectly happy with the 3.0mpbs DSL line they get over AT&T DSL, and aren't interested in TV. They also don't see the point to switching to an unregulated phone service where prices can be raised at will. uVerse internet/phone prices aren't any better than what they pay right now.

I fully expect ATT will dump their wireline DSL subscribers at some point or force conversion to uVerse, but until that they things will stay just the way they are.



MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
kudos:1
reply to ArrayList

Re: comcast just as bad

I get the same amount from both Verizon and Comcast.

a Verizon salesperson even threw a pizza party in my apartment complex's laundry room to drum up new business, so I took his free pizza and then informed him I was already a Verizon customer



MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
kudos:1
reply to NOVA_UAV_Guy

Re: Spam

I use USPS all of the time, I'm no powerseller, but I sell quite a bit of old electronics on ebay (for money to buy new electronics) and I've never had a problem.

Fedex and even UPS is a lot more expensive than USPS, what about customers who still want paper bills sending all of those bills out by Fedex would be ridiculously expensive. Also the USPS wouldn't be doing anywhere near as bad as they are currently doing if their weren't laws in place that force them to send money back to the government every year.



silentlooker
Premium
join:2009-11-01
reply to pjcamp

Re: comcast just as bad

technically at&t haven't enforced the caps in couple of years.



Snakeoil
Ignore Button. The coward's feature.
Premium
join:2000-08-05
Mentor, OH
kudos:1

This is nothing.

Remember all those lovely Floppies/CDs from the numerous dial up companies that used to exist.

AOL sure as hell sent enough of them, but then you had compuserve, prodigy, sierra online, and a few others. Not counting the bulletin boards that you could dial into with your modem.
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