That Makes Me h-APP-y! PaperKarma App Review

That Makes Me h-APP-y! PaperKarma App Review

‘Tis the season… of endless catalogs in your mailbox! Have you noticed how catalogs seem to multiply the closer we get to Christmas? I’m here to tell you how to get these catalogs – and other unwanted mail – under control all year round.

A plethora of unwanted, unsolicited catalogs

One way to stop these catalogs is to call the companies that send them and ask customer service to remove you from their list. However, this can be very time consuming, and does not guarantee that you are removed from third party lists or that you’re not placed on another list altogether. So while this is the way most people go about unsubscribing from those pesky catalogs, it’s not the most efficient way, nor is it ever fully guaranteed.

If you’ve read some of my other blogs, you know I tend to move around a lot, and with moving comes mail-forwarding. So all those catalogs that I stopped, somehow they started coming again to my new address. I have a sneaking suspicion this is all a money-making scheme from the nearly bankrupt post office, because I can’t find any other explanation for how I’m back on these mailing lists. In fact, I even get catalogs from companies I’ve never even heard of, let alone shopped with. I guess my point is that there is no quick, permanent fix, but I have found an app that makes this whole process a lot easier!

PaperKarma is a great app that makes unsubscribing from unwanted mail a breeze. You simply take a photo of the item you do not want, select your mailing address, and PaperKarma does the rest. What’s even better? You can also unsubscribe from credit card offers, magazines and other pesky unsolicited mail!

Welcome to PaperKarma Email

I downloaded the free app and put it to the test. It could not be easier! I took a photo of my first catalog, picked the address where it was going, and they submitted the request. It took seconds, compared to the minutes it would take to make those aforementioned calls. Most of the catalogs were successful immediately. So far I’ve only had one pending request, but I haven’t seen another catalog from that vendor. I’ve already noticed I’m getting less catalogs in the mail, which makes me VERY happy.

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What I love about the app:

  • It’s very easy to use, and super quick to unsubscribe with the app. They do all the hard work for you!
  • They send you email updates letting you know the status of your requests.
  • It’s cheap. You can unsubscribe from approximately 5-6 catalogs for free, but if you get a lot of unwanted mail, simply upgrade to the $9.99/year package. In my opinion, this is well worth the cost.
  • It works! You’ll start to see less unwanted mail in your mailbox within 3 months, if not sooner. The reason it takes 12 weeks is because companies mass-print these catalogs with the pre-printed labels months in advance. This is the only ‘slow’ part of this process.

Would you rather make the call yourself?

If you do opt for calling the company directly, specify to the agent that you want the following:

  • to be removed from their mailing list immediately
  • that you do not want your information sold to any partners or third party companies
  • that you do not want to be placed on any other kind of list
  • that you are not re-signed up for the printed catalogs should you place an online purchase in the future

If you’re tired of too much unwanted mail, give PaperKarma a try! It will bring zen back to your mailbox, and that’s something we all have to be thankful for, especially during this time of year!

Lauren Mang
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