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Old 02-09-08, 11:31 AM
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Phone book clutter

Why does our society allow phone books to be delivered unsolicited? I can't think of any other periodical so universally distributed completely unsolicited than the phone book. Chinese take out menus under windshield wipers and on door knobs all over the city and the Shopper obviously excluded. At least those don't take up as much paper.

I can't think of the last time I needed to crack open a phone book for anything, unless I was at some place where there wasn't an internet connection. Whitepages.com and yellowpages.com are awesome and easy to navigate sites. 411 also exists if you don't mind spending a few cents to get the information.

And in this world were we are talking about conservation and going "green" why do we still see piles of phone books laying around in front of doorways and littering the hallways of apartments and office buildings? When most of the time they get ignored and just thrown away?

I think phone books should be like the newspaper..it's delivered ONLY if you request it. It could still be free...it seems it pays for itself by the advertising space sold in the book (I think...) but right now I get phone books from Feist and Yellow Book and I didn't ask for either one, and nobody who gets them asked for them.
Old 02-09-08, 12:07 PM
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The flimsy pages make great toilet paper.
Old 02-09-08, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Bronkster
The flimsy pages make great toilet paper.
I would ask if the ink smudges like a newspaper on the fingers, but I suppose you can't know.
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They go straight into the recycle bin here. Personally, I think you should be able to leave a sign on your door that says "No phone books" so you don't get one in the first place.
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Make a pretty good fire in the fireplace.
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Yeah, I use the paper from ours as "kindling". Stick that stuff in a small box or TP/paper towel rolls, it's good starter or at least provides a nice attractive (if brief) flareup.
Of course, this is useful for approximately ten days in the middle of winter--it's 65 degrees today.

Don't forget Free411, listening to a thirty second ad is worth saving the 1.50 411 fee for me (on cell).

What's even worse is that last year at my office (single company), they delivered one per person. Not one per floor, or one per department; one per person. We have ~200 people in the building.
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The books you are getting are not official Phone Company books. They are basically advertising. The printers sell ads to the businesses in the "yellow pages" of these books, and promise that a certain number will be delivered.

They deliver that number. Whether they even go to places with a phone, they don't bother to check.

I find the thin paper to be excellent for the last couple of layers of paper mache on my sculptures.
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Why can't they put all that information on a CDROM or a DVD? If you need a print copy, call and they can deliver it instead of wasting paper.
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Originally Posted by Mrs. Danger
The books you are getting are not official Phone Company books. They are basically advertising. The printers sell ads to the businesses in the "yellow pages" of these books, and promise that a certain number will be delivered.
All in all, I think I get 3 or 4 different kinds of phone books. It is rare that I actually use them much anymore since it's so easy to access information online.
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Originally Posted by grenier
Why can't they put all that information on a CDROM or a DVD? If you need a print copy, call and they can deliver it instead of wasting paper.
Because then you have to use one of them new fangled fancy 'puters to read it! Too complicated.
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They don't even enter my house. I pick them up in the driveway and put it straight in the garbage can outside. What a waste.
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Wait, wait, wait.

You mean to tell me I'm the only one who still checks for a "Butts, Harry" listing?
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Originally Posted by Hank Ringworm
Wait, wait, wait.

You mean to tell me I'm the only one who still checks for a "Butts, Harry" listing?
quicker and more effective...
http://www.whitepages.com/search/Fin...caltime=survey
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We get a weekly gunk of ads at our doorstep. I don't think there is anybody in my building that even comes close to reading it ... goes straight to the garbage bin.
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Originally Posted by grenier
Why can't they put all that information on a CDROM or a DVD? If you need a print copy, call and they can deliver it instead of wasting paper.
That's how mine is delivered.
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Originally Posted by matta
That's how mine is delivered.
Do you live in the future?
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I wonder if there's anyone we could contact about this, a congressman or Al Gore.
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Why does our society allow phone books to be delivered unsolicited?
I agree. And everytime they are thrown on my lawn or driveway, I pick them up and deliver them to the local phone substation.
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Originally Posted by Doug Heffernan
Do you live in the future?
No, I received the phone book in Atlanta in 1998 - 2003. Then I moved cross-country and started getting a paper phone book. I moved back to Atlanta in 2006 and, whatchaknow - I've gotten the phonebook on CD for the last 2 years.

It's funny that people in Georgia are so much more technologically advanced than good 'ol New Yorkers.
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Originally Posted by matta
It's funny that people in Georgia are so much more technologically advanced than good 'ol New Yorkers.
By using that newfangled CD technology?
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I toss mine in the recycle bin. It's a massive waste, one I hope stops sometime soon.
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Originally Posted by calhoun07
By using that newfangled CD technology?
Precisely. I did get my latest tax forms on a USB drive, so we'll see how the phonebook comes out this year.
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Originally Posted by calhoun07
But where's the magic?
Old 02-11-08, 01:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Hank Ringworm
But where's the magic?
I guess if you get a sense of magic at flipping through phone book pages, then go for it.

And I am not saying get rid of the phone books all together. Just stop send them out unsolicited.
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Originally Posted by grenier
Why can't they put all that information on a CDROM or a DVD? If you need a print copy, call and they can deliver it instead of wasting paper.
Seems like the plastic and metal of a CDROM or DVD would be as much of a waste as paper in a phonebook.


We get tons of them at our office too. I don't complain too much though, as I was able to pilfer them for B1G1 Qdoba coupons.

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