How to Stop Unwanted Catalogs

Updated April 17, 2017

Junk mail can take on a life of its own, exploding through your mail slot each day. Catalogues can begin as a useful resource, but if you lose interest in the products, it can be annoying to continue to receive the same catalogue every month. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can stop the catalogue deluge, either on your own or by enlisting the help of a company if you are particularly overwhelmed.

Call the catalogue companies. Use the main customer service number for each company and request that they remove your name from all future mailings. Keep in mind, the company might still sell your information but at least the pile will be one catalogue lighter.

Unsubscribe online. When you purchase an item online, the company stores your address and mailing information. Log in to each merchant's account as if you were purchasing something, go to privacy settings and preferences and click on the "Unsubscribe to Post Mailings" option. Make sure you unsubscribe to the mailing catalogue and not just the email offers.

Sign up with an junk mail control service. Organizations such Privacy Council and Catalog Choice let you list the catalogues you no longer want while they contact them on your behalf. If your catalogues aren't listed, you might need to clip the merchant info tag, located on the back of the catalogue near your address, and mail it to the junk mail control company so they have the necessary information. Some companies also allow you to remove your name from all customer databases and mailing lists. The cost for junk mail control ranges from £13 a year to £5 a month.


Prevent future catalogue clutter by selecting the "No Future Offers" option the next time you order online. Keep in mind that not all companies will offer such an option and you might still need to call the merchant after receiving your shipment to unsubscribe from the mailing list.

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Christina Bednarz Schnell began writing full-time in 2010. Her areas of expertise include child development and behavior, medical conditions and pet health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations.