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No one likes to open their mailbox and find a pile of junk mail and solicitations in their box, right? The folks at Readabl have come up with a rather interesting solution with their PaperKarma application. The concept behind the application is quite simple, you create an account, scan the information from the junk sender, and upload it through the application. In order to create an account you will need to give some personal information such as your phone number and address, but this is required for them to make the stop requests on your behalf. 

Once you receive some junk mail you wish to stop, you simply snap a picture of the senders information, you don't need to include your own since it is already in your account settings, and upload it through the application. The team at Readabl will submit a request to the offending company requesting you be removed from their lists, and just like that the junk mail ends. It will take a little bit of time to process on their end -- the image runs through the database of companies they have, and you can monitor the progress of the submission right through the application. After the submission has been processed you will receive a push notification to alert you. The only unfortunate thing is currently there is no control over the sounds it makes so you can't set them to silent, yet.

The process is so simple, you snap a picture, upload it and let the people behind the scenes do the work for you. Watch for results as you fetch less and less junk mail from your mailbox, and only the important things you wish to receive.

Head on past the break for download links.

 
There are 19 comments

kstoutdog says:

junk mail allows big business to pay into our federal government through postage... why would we want to get rid of that... so we can be taxed more?

crzytwnman says:

I hope you realize that the Postal Service is a private business. It loses money because we don't use it as much anymore. There are no taxes involved in its funding. Stop trolling.

Archon810 says:

You're both semi-correct about parts of your answers.

From Wikipedia: The United States Postal Service (also known as USPS, the Post Office or U.S. Mail) is an independent agency of the United States government responsible for providing postal service in the United States. It is one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution.

However: The USPS has not directly received taxpayer-dollars since the early 1980s with the minor exception of subsidies for costs associated with the disabled and overseas voters. Revenue in the 2000s has been dropping sharply due to declining mail volume,[5] prompting the postal service to look to other sources of revenue while cutting costs to reduce its budget deficit.

kstoutdog says:

they are an independent establishment of the executive branch of the Government of the United States", (39 U.S.C. § 201)

The USPS does get some taxpayer support. Around $96 million is budgeted annually by Congress for the "Postal Service Fund."

Look it up ... troll

ScottJ says:

He may not have been completely correct but he still blew apart your lame rant.

kstoutdog says:

I bet after using this app for a month, you will notice that you get more "tech" related junk mail...

kstoutdog says:

I bet after using this app for a month, you will notice that you get more "tech" related junk mail...

jfe says:

Who wants to be removed from the Victoria's Secret Catalog????

That's what I was wondering!

ScottJ says:

That's true. I've received the catalog at times due to people who lived in my house having been on their list. It's the one piece of junk mail most males would not mind getting.

k6H2U3uhuF7c says:

re:screenshot -- Who in their right mind would stop a Victoria's Secret catalog??

DaftDev says:

The FTC (here in the US) has a useful site for removing yourself from junk mailings as well:

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt063.shtm

worwig says:

Wait, these people want my name, address, phone number AND details about the type of mail I receive, just to stop some junk mail?
I dislike junk mail (well, except for the Victoria Secrets catalog :) ), but I dislike giving out even more personal info to some no name business.
What is their business model? How are they going to make money from my detail information?

ScottColbert says:

Then get yourself two cans and string and go live in the woods if you're so concerned about your privacy. Don't forget the tin foil hat.

"I want you to stop this junk mail sent to my home, sure, but I refuse to give you information like my name and address. That's just ridiculous!"

japclev says:

F the post office... Employees are all to good to help you minorities

ScottJ says:

I think I speak for many when I say "Huh?".

I have mixed emotions when it comes to nonsensical ranting. I kind of feel sorry for people who are so full of outrage but lack the intellect to express their most-likely delusional diatribes effectively. It must be frustrating.

jerseyboy357 says:

Finally my prayers have been answered. I get infuriated when I open my partially closed mailbox because of all this crap mail inside it. Or those Chinese food menus that are put in the railings of my porch. I didnt invite any Asians to come onto my property to do that. This app is going to get alot of praise and use once they prove their worth.

MarkMcCoskey says:

I downloaded and used this over the weekend. All 3 were successfully submitted. I guess only time will tell, though. Nice app.