Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mailbox etiquette

Just how does one manage the sovereignty of one's residential letterbox? What's the proper mailbox etiquette for letters, advertising and newspapers? As a former newspaper deliverer, envelope stuffer and pamphleteer, here's a rough guide of how it works in Wellington.

NO CIRCULARS / NO JUNK MAIL - Direct mail, political messages and newspapers. No boxshop/supermarket distributed advertising. Rule broken by home businesses and real estate agents.

ADDRESSED MAIL ONLY - Direct mail only. No newspapers or politics. Rule broken by real estate agents.

Frankly, I can't wait til I get all my correspondence online and can throw the bloody mailbox away. With the paper boy and milkman jobs now extinct, it's only a matter of time before it goes courier only and the postbox is rendered obsolete. It will be the only way to stop those pesky real estate agents.