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  •  Send them more than they were expecting. (21+ / 0-)

    Every one of those begging letters came with a postage-paid envelope. You can put in a bunch of (heavy) pennies, or if you'd like to do this in an organized manner, you can go to your local lumber yard and have them cut you a bunch of envelope - sized wooden shims, maybe 1/8" thick. Send them back those. Or if you really want to bankrupt them, send some sheet metal shims instead - heavier. And then there's the always-appropriate brick (wrapped in brown paper, or the post office won't handle it). Paste the envelope onto the package.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 04:22:59 PM PDT

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    •  Yes. Great idea. I use a shingle. (14+ / 0-)

      They are heavier than a wood shim and they still break that "containing a rigid object" rate hiking threshold.  And can be cut with scissors to fit the envelope.  The heavier they are, the more they cost.  

      Left is right and right is wrong.

      by busternjake on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 06:18:41 PM PDT

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    •  lead flashing would work too! (8+ / 0-)

      just be sure to wash your hands after handling. On a construction site I saw a guy lift his lunchbox that some prankster had put a roll of lead flashing in. The handle broke off, not nice , but we sure did laugh.

      music- the universal language

      by daveygodigaditch on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 09:03:44 PM PDT

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    •  Actually, this is a bad idea (unfortunately) (3+ / 0-)
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      Business Reply Mail is only good for use as the business intended. This just causes a headache and added expense for the UPS, according to The Straight Dope

      [-8.50,-8.31] Look out honey, 'cause i'm using technology. Ain't got time to make no apology.

      by patop on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 12:12:16 AM PDT

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      •  Or maybe not... (7+ / 0-)

        Sorry, I re-read the Straight Dope piece and did a little more research.

        It's not a good idea to paste the Business Reply Envelope on a brick. This will not get delivered and the UPS will incur cost and trouble. This is really the only point The Straight Dope was making in the link I posted.

        Sending back the envelope empty or with a minimal amount of crap will incur a cost to the business, so that's probably not such a bad idea.

        It's not clear what happens if it weights more than expected. It may cost the company more money or it may not get delivered and cost them no money.

        [-8.50,-8.31] Look out honey, 'cause i'm using technology. Ain't got time to make no apology.

        by patop on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 12:31:16 AM PDT

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        •  Please check busternjake's (3+ / 0-)
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          excellent comment just above. Sounds like it works to me. And BTW, I'm sure you meant "USPS", not UPS.

          "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

          by sidnora on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 07:27:41 AM PDT

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        •  Thanks for that link, too - (2+ / 0-)
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          This

          The postal service suggests the following course of action instead: write the offending mailer and respectfully request that the SOB take you off his mailing list. If that doesn't work, write to the Mail Preference Service of the Direct Marketing Association, 6 East 43rd St., New York NY 10017, and tell them you don't want to get any more unsolicited (i.e., junk) mail. Every three months the DMA makes up a computer tape they send around to the major mailing-list companies listing the people who want their names deleted. The drawbacks here are that you can't be selective, you can't do anything about local small-time operators, and if you ever subscribe to another magazine in your life (or, for that matter, buy anything through the mail), your name goes back into circulation.
          sounds like it might actually solve our diarist's problem - s/he can switch his/her mom's subscriptions, if any, to his/her name, and get her taken off all the rest of it.

          "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

          by sidnora on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 07:35:48 AM PDT

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    •  Use washers instead of pennys. (3+ / 0-)
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      Proud Slut...Fear is the Mind Killer

      by boophus on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 02:30:18 AM PDT

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    •  I always send a list debunking the usual (1+ / 0-)
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      Republican & Tea Party talking points about the economy or whatever crap the letter is about.

      That has to drive them crazy. I feel so good after doing that!

      "I have spent many years of my life in opposition and I rather like the role." - Eleanor Roosevelt. I would like to add that I am a happy atheist!

      by Rogneid on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 02:12:21 PM PDT

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