Introduction: How to Get Back at the Credit Card Companies

Do you get way to many credit card offers. Here is a way to have fun with them.

Step 1:

Open offer. You can read if you like or not.

Step 2:

Next go to your shredder and put down a magazines. Now shredder the credit card offer.

Step 3:

Remove magazine from shredder with out dumping the offer on the floor. You don't want to have to pick up the bits of paper.  

Step 4:

Place shredded offer into the prepaid envelope from the credit card company and seal.

Step 5:

Now mail this back to them.

This is a waste of time, but I smile walking back to my house.


xray88 made it!(author)2012-06-12

Anyone that wants to can easily opt out of credit card offers online at There's no need to "get back" at anyone.

ccray1954 made it!(author)2016-09-02

xray88... Yea you can fill that (opt out) on, but i've done something like that and when i did i had more companies sending out those outrageous offers.I have thrown away more trees than you know..(trees being what the paper is made of).It may stop for a week but others keep sending.Its like telling phone solicitors to put you on their no call list,and the phones calls never stop..And when computers came out they said it would put a halt on paper consumption and i still see same amount of junk mail,,,,a never ending cycle on all of it..but thanks for reminding me of that opt out stuff ! A week of relief is better than nothing.

waldosan made it!(author)2012-06-12

of course there's no need to get back at anyone, just like there's no need to send unsolicited mail: email or otherwise once someone gets a decent credit score or turns 21.

when i want a credit card i'll personally shop around and find one that doesn't have more than 25 percent interest after the first year.

xray88 made it!(author)2012-06-12

I didn't "just" say there's no need to get back at them; I gave a reason why. By not opting out you are indirectly agreeing to receive the offers. You know what's a whole lot easier than getting kicks sending shredded offers back to credit card companies? Visiting the website I posted and clicking a few buttons.

Thrasym made it!(author)2012-06-24

"By not opting out you are indirectly agreeing to receive the offers. "

That's like saying "because you didn't opt out of a painful death this week, someone is allowed to stab you in vital organs until you die"...

Also, all the opting out just puts you on more lists. Yes it does. Don't argue, look into it if you don't think so. You opt out of phone solicitations and you start getting charities and surveys calling you ten times as opt out of credit card offers and you start getting ten times the magazine and drug store and pizza and a hundred other types of junk mail.

Advertising is a plague, it will soon die off, it's wasted money and eventually the advertisers will realize it. Hopefully.

gmh5760 made it!(author)2012-06-23

xray88, waldosan never said that you did "just say". I believe just about everyone gets a little irritated with unsolicited mail occasionally... except you, Oh, and since you never sent me a message requesting that I don't correct you, you actually indirectly asked to be corrected.

waldosan made it!(author)2012-06-17

that defeats the principle of the matter, yes it'd solve the problem but only temporarily and for one person. this kind of action where credit cards are freely available and the companies actually hound the people down to get them to accept them is irresponsible on two accounts.

1.) america's youth has already showed stunning ability at being fiscally irresponsible, and that's just the future added to the irresponsibility of my generation and it's predecessors.

2.)it's been proven many times over that not only is the ease of using a plastic card allowing people to spend easier but the actual interest and debt programs that these companies enact for these policies are specifically designed to encourage you to keep a running balance on the card.

i equate credit card companies and the banks that run them as lower than parasites, out to make a quick dollar at the expense of the ignorant. they are a good percentage of the debt problem the world is facing and if i had any say in the matter i would outlaw them from the bloody country.

Trapper777 made it!(author)2012-06-12

Unsubscribe after you send back the postage.

useraaaaa made it!(author)2012-06-13

you didn't read small print

darrenah made it!(author)2016-02-16

I like.

georion made it!(author)2012-08-29

All great comments and ideas***
Why not just be thankful for the raw material
AND RECYCLE- make fire bricks or add to compost ,paper beads
stuffing for carboard ottoman ,Whatever ?????????????

Advar made it!(author)2013-10-21

What you said, twice.

BitsOBacon made it!(author)2013-05-22

I know of a guy who sent back a brick. The shipping was almost 10 bucks.

peetar_webster made it!(author)2013-03-30

it is better to paste the "business reply mail" envelope onto a cinder block to a box of dead weight so the credit card company pay's to receive a "box of debt" as I call it

jtmax24 made it!(author)2013-02-18

i rather take all the shreds and use for confetti during the next party.... I thought you might have actually ways of getting back at the credit card companies. oh well... Love your shredder. reminds me I need to do some shredding. :)

bfarm made it!(author)2012-06-13

This is way old. The credit card companies have no idea and don't care since their mailing is all outsourced to postal handling companies.

The only way this would get attention is by filling the envelope with some white powder but you will get a lot more attention than you want.

Also "junk" mail is subsidized by the postal service.

In the end, we are all paying this postage.

ryan97128 made it!(author)2013-01-10

The post office does not subsidize junk mail. Companies pay postage twice to send you junk mail if they include a postage-paid return envelope. The postman I knew who delivered to my business stated that he loves junk mail because it is easy to deliver and it is easy money for the post office.
I usually save up postage paid return envelopes and send the companies each others offers, along with some added material. I don't feel bad about it because these companies are generally annoying and I'm not impressed with unimaginative marketing tactics.

richardsan made it!(author)2012-06-24

no we aren't... 'all paying this postage'.

BarginsTech made it!(author)2012-08-21

You obviously dont understand what they meant by that. But this is an old and waste of time technique. As Bfarm said they dont even see the mail lol.. and im sure huge companies dont even see what they send out anyway lol ...

david5300 made it!(author)2012-10-31

I do this when I get crap mailed to me from aarp. I pack as much weight I can into the return prepaid letter and send it off. I never thought of this jamming up their opening machines.
that only makes me want to do it more.

giike3 made it!(author)2012-07-20

I'm gonna do it in a while

GreyBaroness made it!(author)2012-06-30

I like this very much! I often mail the offers from one company to another in each others' envelopes, but this saves waiting for another offer to come through the letterbox and looks just as satisfying!
One piece of advice - some of these credit card offers are personalised and may have your name and other details on, so just make sure that nothing remains readable that could identify you!

triumphman made it!(author)2012-06-30

Been doing this for a long time! Someone, somewhere has a job opening these. He or she is happy to be working! Guess I am helping the jobless rates! I don't shred, I just put the junk mail in the prepaid envelope and send it back. Easy! (of course I took my name off ! )

nerd1701 made it!(author)2012-06-26

This is a pretty good idea. My grandfather used to tape them to bricks, so that they had to pay the postage back. To bad you cant do that now, it became illegal a couple of years ago.

Bruce+P made it!(author)2012-06-24

Steven. You are an evil geinius, next step world domination!!

Rgds Bruce P

steven.davis.w made it!(author)2012-06-24

I'm working on it.

Chiana_Rei made it!(author)2012-06-24

As this is a site for ideas here's a simple one, shred the junk mail, soak it in water and compress into a bread pan once its dry place it in a small paper bag, If kept dry makes great firestarter logs. You can either soak it with fluid at the fire site or saturate it and seal it in a ziplock, on spark and your on your way.

Rosilin made it!(author)2012-06-24

Plz do an instrutabule! :)

jdwaynes1980 made it!(author)2012-06-24

I remember reading somewhere, or watching a video a long time ago where someone took the prepaid envelope, and taped it to an old tire, and sent it in the mail.

Jislizard made it!(author)2012-06-23

Credit card applications usually come with other junk mail. I usually stuff the junk mail inside the prepaid envelope and send it back. For all I know they may enjoy receiving pizza menus.

heathbar64 made it!(author)2012-06-13

Best way to get back at them is to accept all the offers and run up a huge balance. then never pay the bill. Your credit will be ruined, but hey! people with bad credit dont get nearly so many credit card offers.

webman3802 made it!(author)2012-06-13

By wasting the credit card companies' money, you are not getting back at them, you are getting back at all of their customers that they pass their excessive costs along to. These legal "drug dealers" of the financial world might see a slight increase in their postage costs if a lot of people started doing this, but they'll just raise their rates. You wouldn't think it would cut into THEIR profit margin, would you?

I agree with xray 88. We did the opt out several months ago and hardly receive any credit card offers anymore. When we do, I get a kind of perverse pleasure in sending it back to them in their envelope with a note, "You are in violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act." I've only had to do this about three times in the past six months.

BuffyMay made it!(author)2012-06-13

SO FUN!!! I want to try it ASAP!!!

r-philp made it!(author)2012-06-12

Flat pieces of scrap metal that will still fit in the envelope will *dramatically* increase their postage cost on those business return envelopes.

Years ago I cancelled my Amex, and was subsequently inundated with applications, and pleas to re-enroll, sometimes more than one a week! Eventually, I included a flat block of metal scrap (nearly 1 pound) with a note explaining who I was, why I cancelled, and informing them that I have an inexhaustible supply of this stuff, and they can expect to get one with every business reply envelope I receive.

Their junk-mail stopped instantly. It was a beautifully satisfying win.

TurboSnail made it!(author)2012-06-13

My personal favourite version of this is to glue the envelope shut...

paraxion made it!(author)2012-06-12

Better yet, try this one :P

Trapper777 made it!(author)2012-06-12


Trapper777 made it!(author)2012-06-12

Although they might sell the scrap metal and get some of there money back. Maybe something like dirt or worms would be better.

louisw made it!(author)2012-06-12

just don't send white sand (or any white powder) like a prospective bride did to announce her beach wedding as it caused an anthrax scare ultimately costing a lot of $$$ and almost causing the groom to back out of wedding. neat thought, or you could just donate to your wood burning friends.

lime3D made it!(author)2012-06-12

Nice idea. You could also dump a bunch of glitter in the envelope. That stuff gets everywhere!

Trapper777 made it!(author)2012-06-12

Send a heavy box to a fried in another country w/ the envelope on the inside, along with instructions to use the pre-paid envelope to ship it back.
You have to pay some $ but then they have to pay international

waldosan made it!(author)2012-06-12

i would personally pay for the postage needed to send them a 300 page report on how credit card companies are destroying the economy and promoting bad spending habits among the youth.

OpenSourceBrain made it!(author)2012-06-12

This is funny!!! Good job.

jrryan made it!(author)2012-06-12

why not tape the business reply envelope to an empty box, with just a note inside saying no thank you. Large freight shipping goes by dimensions rather than weight alone.

Bongmaster made it!(author)2012-06-12

better still send them a brick X3

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