Old Aug 8th, 2006, 08:43 AM
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Hello! I just wanted to let you know that Fodor's does not share your email addresses with any other companies.

Registrants to the site should only receive one email from us---the email confirming their registration. Some may also opt to receive the newsletter.

It is possible to sign up to receive the newsletter without formally registering on the site. These addresses are likewise not shared with any other parties.

On a side note---I think it's crazy when I receive multiple catalogs for someone that lived in my building 5 years ago....

Old Aug 8th, 2006, 08:50 AM
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Underhill, why do you say direct marketing site requires your social security number? I don't see anything on the site you gave that asks for that.

By the way, one way to reduce the number of credit card offers you receive in the mail is to call 888-5-OPTOUT or go to www.optoutprescreen.com. It really works. However, you will still get offers for airline cards and offers from the banks/card issuers you currently do business with.
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Old Aug 8th, 2006, 08:52 AM
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Try marking them "Recipient Unknown. Return to Sender" and dropping them in the mailbox. Maybe if everybody does it, the post office will get on their case.
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Old Aug 8th, 2006, 08:52 AM
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If you ever lived through an Alaskan winter, you'd welcome all the catalogs the mailman could carry. Granted, I get tired of VBT, etc, also, since as yet I plan my own travel instead of touring. However, long before I went to Europe, the pictures and descriptions in those big mailers by Backroads inspired me.
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Old Aug 8th, 2006, 08:55 AM
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..send them all back COD...we did that once with a tool company that kept sending phone book size books after repeated reqiuestst to stop were ignored, never had a problem after that.
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Old Aug 8th, 2006, 09:01 AM
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Not sure what to do but it drives me crazy too!
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Old Aug 8th, 2006, 09:16 AM
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Wow USNR, I have nothing against "good old Americna Salesmanship"! complaint was about the amount of TS cataloges I receive. One each quarter is enough. An email once a month would be plenty. It seems we get a catalog every few weeks- the same catalog! We are talking a small rainforest of catalogs. I like my mail lady and I don't want to crush her under the wieght.
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Old Aug 8th, 2006, 09:44 AM
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When I was on the GCT Danube cruise last December the number of catalogues sent out by that company was a standing joke...among the crew.
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Old Aug 8th, 2006, 02:01 PM
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Do you have the same principle as we do in the UK - if you get mail without a proper stamp on it, you (not the sender) have to pay double the cost? Far be it from me to suggest that returning unwanted catalogues without a stamp on might discourage them. But it's what my dear old mother always believed.
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Old Aug 8th, 2006, 02:21 PM
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Patrick, our postal rules changed some time ago and mail is not delivered now if there is not sufficient postage on whatever is being sent. I believe the new rule came about because some people were mailing their payments for various bills and not putting postage on the envelopes and so yes to receive the mail the company it was mailed to had to pay the postage. I had a friend whose husband did this..she ended up divorcing him, lol.

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Old Aug 8th, 2006, 04:00 PM
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The worst - the absolute WORST list to get on is Victoria's Secret. Those catalogs multiply in your mail box. I'm sure some gents here wouldn't mind but I finally managed to outrun that company.
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Old Aug 8th, 2006, 04:52 PM
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Next time give your neighbor's address and steal one needed catalogue out of his mailbox. Let him deal with the rest

By the way, I may be going on a river cruise next year, so ordered a catalogue from Vikings. Instead of sending me one, they sent a survey first with a stamped return envelope, and only after I'd replied, they sent me an actual catalogue. Neat, huh?
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Old Aug 8th, 2006, 05:09 PM
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To update-
I just received a very polite reply from OAT saying that they would remove me from their mailing list (which will take @ 8 weeks), and that I can access their web site for all trip info.
Trees all over America are cheering!
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Old Aug 8th, 2006, 05:44 PM
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I keep getting catalogs, letters, brochures from the Church of Scientology. I have called numerous time for them to stop but they haven't. Somehow they have followed me everytime I move.
I get 2-3 pieces of mail from the daily-no kidding!
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Old Aug 8th, 2006, 06:09 PM
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WOW, can I ever sympathize! We booked a trip with GCT last year, after looking through all the wonderful-looking glossy catalogues we got in the mail every week. When we went to pay the final invoice, we were told that the price posted was incorrect, and that we owed an additional $700 each! Needless to say, we didn't take the trip. After numerous postings of this on a number of travel sites, and a letter to the ombudsman at National Geographic Traveler, who contacted GCT for us to no avail, guess what - we STILL are getting the stupid catalogues. They end up in the trash.

If they would just put some of that money into better business practices, they'd be a lot better off!
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Old Sep 6th, 2006, 01:58 PM
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We have requested, by phone, and in writing (after a couple particularly shabby experiences with gCT) to be removed from the mailing list. HA HA HA!! Still get several a week..and we mark them 'return to sender"...still they keep comming. To all the folks on this forum who think this company sells a good product, you should remember that YOU (the clients) are paying for this junk, out of their profits, that come out of your pocketbook.! We are going to save them up until we have a few pounds, then ship them COD...wonder if that works.
Old Sep 6th, 2006, 02:32 PM
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My husband and I have taken many OAT and Grand circle Travel trips and enjoyed all of them. I guess the catalogs are a tad too many, but we do not care as we own a printing business in DC.
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Old Sep 6th, 2006, 03:55 PM
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A suggestion for unwanted catalogs - well, perhaps not Victoria's Secrets -

Most primary grades and kindergartens appreciate pictures that the children can cut out and paste up. This goes double for schools and kindergartens for children with special educational needs.

If they want to waste the money, and you don't want to be forever throwing them out, perhaps consider donating them?
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Old Sep 6th, 2006, 05:31 PM
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I used to be on the Oat/Grand Circle mailing list and I know what you mean. Sometimes I'd get several huge catalogs within one week. I called them and within a few weeks I was removed and haven't heard from them in ages.

Same with an outdoor products company I ordered from once and suddenly started receiving dozens of catalogs. I called them and they removed me.

For years I even included my email address on every post on Fodor's and I have NO reason to believe they ever sold or gave my email address to anyone.

One of the reasons I hate so many catalogs is because I travel so much and have someone who takes my mail in every couple of days. But with all those catalogs, sometimes the mailbox is filled with one day's delivery.
Old Sep 6th, 2006, 06:10 PM
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When I told my BF I'd called to cancel some unwanted, unsolicited womenswear catalogs, he replied "oh great, so you just confirmed your address to them!". Sure enough, after a few months' hiatus, they were ba-a-a-ack.

The worst offender? Willams-Sonoma / Pottery Barn / Hold Everything. I ordered *one item* *online* from HE four years ago, and I get at least one 4-color print catalog each month from *each company*, plus useful items like PB Kids (since I have none). They even followed me to two new addresses - and faster than the bill collectors! Calling to cancel doesn't work...

I do enjoy glossy catalogs, but I'm drowning under the ones I get, to the point where I absolutely avoid ordering anything online or catalog. Now how's that good for the companies' business??
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