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Use this app to put a stop to junk mail – the paper kind

These days, checking your physical mailbox can be just as frustrating as going through your email inbox.

It seems like every other day there’re piles of junk mail surrounding the important stuff like bills, company notices and even checks. And this isn’t limited to your physical mailbox, it can happen in your email, too. Tap or click to cut down the amount of spam in your inbox. How can you make it stop?

Interestingly, there’s an app that can help. That’s right, a mobile application can help you get less junk mail in your physical mailbox every week. How? It’s actually so simple you’ll wonder why it wasn’t created years ago.

The answer to your junk mail problem

PaperKarma gets rid of all that junk mail with three simple steps. Curious? Here’s how it works.

Once you’ve downloaded the app, it’s time to go through the latest pile of junk mail you’ve received. Open the app, snap a photo of the mail and PaperKarma will automatically scan it into its database. Press Send and the service will analyze the mailer and will send a request to remove you from the list.

PaperKarma claims it can stop two types of unsolicited mail from reaching your mailbox: mail sent using a customer list, or that which is “carpet-bombed across zip codes.”

The company notes it can stop mailings using a customer list, but not the mass mailings, which are typically a product of the USPS Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) program.

The app can help with plenty of mailers, though, including pre-approved credit card offers, magazines, catalogs, phone books, coupons and other junk that clogs your box every day.

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While PaperKarma processes most requests you send within 24 hours, it can take 8 to 12 weeks to see a complete ceasefire from all the vendors targeting you. But the wait is worth it. Just think about how clean your mailbox will be the next time you check it.

Use PaperKarma on your desktop, iOS or Android device. There are two plans to choose from: Essential, $1.99/month and Pro, $19.99/year. Both offer the following features:

  • Unlimited Opt-Out Requests
  • Unlimited Recipient Names
  • Unlimited Stored Addresses
  • In-App & Email Support

The Pro version also includes Phone Call-back Support and Add Mailers to Database.

PaperKarma isn’t for everyone, but if your business mailbox is overrun, or if you receive a lot of correspondence that can get lost in the junk shuffle, it can be a lifesaver. If you’re a small business owner, tap or click here for 5 things that will help your business grow.

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