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Old August 18th, 2008 #1
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On Mailing a Brick to McBama
Posted by Stephan Kinsella at August 18, 2008 12:56 AM

This is one of the funniest things I've seen in ages. This site shows you how to Use "Postage Paid" Envelopes to mail a brick to junk mailers!.

http://www.officeofstrategicinfluence.com/bulkmailer/

You know those obnoxious "refinance your home" or credit card ... offers that you get in the mail? This is called direct marketing, where marketers use a reduced bulk postal rate to send entire forests of paper mail to you.

So this is something you can do in response. ... Find a shoebox, or a storage bin, or any cardboard box you have laying around. Fill it up with bricks, big blocks of iron, or maybe cement. Tape the box up with everyday packaging tape. Use a junkmail's postage-paid envelope and tape it neatly to the top cover of the box. NEATLY. And mail it off. Envelope revenge!

A few days later, your package shows up at the junk mailer's location, and they have to pay for every cent of delivery. Once the cost outweighs the benefit, they will stop sending out direct mail marketing material. And that is my goal.

This trick has been used to get rid of old textbooks; shoeboxes filled with the week's newspapers; and an "old broken blender" the owner didn't know what to do with.

Someone suggested to me that some unscrupulous types might use this trick to waste the Demopublican Parties' money, when they send you junk mail asking for donations for McBama's campaign. (The site also has a unique way to fight spam.) (Thanks to Vijay Boyapati)

Of course, doing this to an innocent private company is a type of theft and wrong. But what about political campaigns, which are not so innocent?

It occurred to me one time that another way to do something similar would be to donate, say, $5 to Obama's or McCain's campaign, early on. Over the ensuing months, they're sure to waste $20 or more for postage and printing, for follow-on mail to you. That's a pretty good ROI!

Update: Someone sent me this: "This strategy was used to great effect in the UK against the anti-hunting movement by those who believed - and still believe - that it is not the government's business to ban traditional countryside pursuits."

And on a related note: "Here are some fun experiments that have been conducted with the US Postal Service:

I Wonder If That One Dollar Bill Inside a Sandwich Baggie Will Go Through The Mail""

More: "Ed" writes:

For about the past year I have been sending a Ron Paul card or Slim Jim (or other such information) in virtually all prepaid envelopes I receive. I usually send out somewhere between 5 - 10 per week. I was a Ron Paul delagate to the Texas Republican Convention, so I got on a bunch of their mailing lists. McCain envelopes are my favorites, but mostly I get credit card applications. The only ones I don't do it to are charities. I also stamp my envelopes in red with "Abolish the Fed!" Everybody needs a hobby...

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewr...es/022388.html
 
Old August 18th, 2008 #2
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I've been stuffing flyers in these things for a while and before that shreded newspaper. Its a good idea i just never thought to put it on a box and send a brick lol.
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Old August 19th, 2008 #3
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I sent the Democratic National Committee a Circuit City and a Best Buy paper in response to their mailing seeking donations for the Magic Negro.
 
Old August 19th, 2008 #4
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Of course this douche bag has to try and ruin the fun.........

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I think you may not understand how Bulk Mail works...
by darjeeling on Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:20 pm

I worked for the Bulk Mailers...We pay for the envelopes UP FRONT. Sending mailers back to us with bricks attached costs us ZERO. It costs the PO a bunch of money because they charged us a small fee for the envelope (under an ounce) and now they have to foot the bill to deliver your bricks.

Sorry, the concept is funny, but it doesn't actually work.
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Old August 19th, 2008 #5
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So does it work, or not? If it does, it's a powerful weapon we should all be using to shaft our enemies.
 
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So does it work, or not? If it does, it's a powerful weapon we should all be using to shaft our enemies.
Well it doesn't hurt to stick a VNN business card or a pro white flyer in if what that guy said is true about upfront payment. But if i remember right what my grand pa said, they pay for what ever is mailed back, and he told me to always mail the envelopes back even empty because it pays his pension. So i would gather that they pay after not before, but next time my letter carrier comes by i'll ask if he knows.
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Old September 8th, 2008 #7
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Did anyone ever find out who has to pay? Surely we have a VNNer working for the Post Office. If not, perhaps a relative that does.
 
Old September 15th, 2008 #8
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I'd include a cd with the song "Thick As A Brick" by Jethro Tull. The flute stylings have a taunting nature to them.
 
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