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Putting Flyers in Mainboxes

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by 74baja, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. 74baja

    74baja LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    Hi all,
    So I've been reading here for a while now and have established that flyer distribution is probably the best way for me to start advertising. I'm wondering what time of day is best to put flyers in mailboxes? Do you try to go after teh mailman? Does it matter? I'm printing them on yellow 8.5x11 paper in black ink, as I saw suggested here. Should I fold them? I think I'll make my first round in a week or two.
  2. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 788

    Im sure I wont be the only one to chime in on this, but putting anything in someones mailbox (or even on the mail box for that matter) is illegal and can end up costing you a lot of $ in fines etc. in the long run. Sure, maybe no one will turn you in, but if the person delivering mail sees a pattern of the same flyers you will probably get a not too nice of a call from your local postmaster telling you what kind of fines you might be subject to if they catch you doing it agin. Just giving you a heads up.
  3. 74baja

    74baja LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    Huh. I didn't know that. Bummer. I thought I was only illegal to take someone else's mail. So what can I do now? How else does one distribute flyers?
  4. shelbymustang616

    shelbymustang616 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 117

    Heres' what our company does. WE do what you are doing... we get flyers fold them up and put them in cheap zip lock baggies. In these baggies includes a flyer of out services and and maybe 3 little rocks. We'll throw the packet on on thier driveway and the rocks will kepp it from blowing away. :)
  5. SangerLawn

    SangerLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 736

    We had a customer go out of town last year and ask us to put there invoice in the mailbox. A few days later I got a phone call from the postmaster. Personally I think he just had a serious case of little mans disease. He said there is a $25.00 fine for any thing having to do with business that is in someone’s mailbox or newspaper box without paying mailing costs.

    Like I said, I believe this guy just had a serious case of little mans disease but I still recommend calling your post office just to make sure. $25.00 fine per flyer can get really really expensive.

    I also know in most cities and counties you have to purchase an advertising license. They are cheap but not having one holds large fines…this license is for flyers only. Towns trying to stop littering. I think we pay like $125.00 per year per city. 2 of the cities around us require it, 1 of them does not
  6. dougaustreim

    dougaustreim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 488

    I actually think the Postmaster was wrong. I think the fine is more like 25,000.00. The best place for a flyer would be on the door knob. Personally I wouldn't even consider doing business with someone who through a baggie on to my driveway or lawn. In many places that would be considered littering.
  7. CrazyBlonde

    CrazyBlonde LawnSite Member
    Posts: 186

    If you already have the flyers made, then you need to use em up. I would suggest getting the clear plastic door hanger bags off ebay. They are VERY inexpensive. In the future, you might make door hangers INSTEAD of flyers.

    It IS a FEDERAL Offense to OPEN any mailbox without permission. I would never take that risk! They wil slap you with a VERY hefty fine, and postage for every flyer, and possible jail time. The fine is for EACH FLYER, last time I checked it was $300.00 fine EACH FLYER!!!

    Crimes and Criminal Procedure - 18 USC Section 1725 Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits any mailable matter such as statements of accounts, circulars, sale bills, or other like matter, on which no postage has been paid, in any letter box established, approved, or accepted by the Postal Service for the receipt or delivery of mail matter on any mail route with intent to avoid payment of lawful postage thereon, shall for each such offense be fined under this title. 18 USC Section 1725 :hammerhead: Cheryl:waving:
  8. SangerLawn

    SangerLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 736

    ??? I am almost positive that the post master told me $25.00 per whatever you had in each mailbox/newspaper box???? Ether way, if each subdivision has 400 mailboxs….wow…that adds up fast
  9. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,131

    Yes, that is illegal too.
  10. SangerLawn

    SangerLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 736

    ^^^^^^^^ you guys are killing me here lol...good catch on that one :laugh::drinkup:

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