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Flyers in the mail boxes

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by C & T, Mar 10, 2004.

  1. C & T

    C & T LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    Just a reminder to those that are new to the business - It is against the law to put your flyers in the mail boxes. My wife called me today from her work and a local LCO put his flyer in her work's mailbox along with the surronding ones. The post office usually will give 1 warning to those that do this, second time - they will take action. Get door hangers, knock on the door, get mail bags, etc...it's not worth getting a hefty fine by putting your advertisements in the mail boxes.
  2. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,345

    Yup I see this all the time. Makes me mad that i pay for postage and others don't. Sometimes I want to call the post office but I just let it go.
  3. justmjc

    justmjc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 261

    Paper boxes are the next best thing. Best way to balance speed and efficency. I put out 500 in 2 hours and love it.
  4. vadeere

    vadeere LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    Good reminder C & T, also you cannot put your flyer attached to the mailbox, specifaclly wedged between the flag and and mailbox. Hope this helps some of yall.
  5. Landmark

    Landmark LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 23

    Paper boxes also are off limits, they will call you and tell you to stop.
  6. justmjc

    justmjc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 261

    Flyers in between the flag and the mailbox get pulled from the mail carriers. Well, that's what ours does. I spoke to her about it and she said completely illegal. She showed me her pile she called her "investigation pile". Since I have 2 companies doing it around me, I makes me feel pretty good knowing as they put them out, she's picking them right back up. Less competition that way. I like!
  7. KL Squared

    KL Squared LawnSite Member
    Messages: 113

    I spoke to the local post master. She told me that any flyer attached, hung on, or place into a mail box was illegal. She did say that I could attach the flyer to the post. Also, she said that the paper box was open gain.
  8. Landmark

    Landmark LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 23

    Of course she said the paper box was open gain, it's not her responsibility. The paper box is the property of the newpaper company if it's one of theirs. They don't approve of people using their property for free advertising.
  9. jseamster

    jseamster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Good advice here. It's really no trouble to just mail it the appropriate way. It will come across more professional to the prospective client. 100 stamps is still less then 40 bucks.

    Write down the addresses, keep them on your computer by area/neighborhood. You may want to try the area again next year.

    Address the flyer to "Our neighbors at:" or something like that.
  10. J.Henderson

    J.Henderson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 95

    The paperbox is not owned by the newspaper in my area. The customer has to purchase it and a post to put it on.

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