Now why didn't anyone tell me that putting a flyer on a mailbox was illegal solicitation? All this time, I've seen many many people put things on mailboxes. In fact, a girl in my office says that she did that usually on Saturday nights because the mailman didn't have mail to put in there. I knew that people don't always like it and that it annoyed some people, but I didn't know that it was illegal! I feel like so criminal. I'm almost tempted to go back and take them off of the 500 mailboxes that I put them on. My name is all over it. UGH. It wasn't exactly solicitation though, because it was a newsletter. At the end of the newsletter there was a " thanks for the referrals and be sure to share this newsletter with family and friends." There was also a If you want to know how much your home is worth then call me, but there wasn't a direct solicitation on there. Am I in big trouble?
I've never broken the law...aside from an occasional speeding ticket.
The way that I found out was that I was about to hand a flyer to a guy who was at the end of his driveway, and said "do you know that is illegal for you to put those ads on mailboxes?"
Has anyone ever done this?
I normally mail my farm, but I figured that I could save money and reach more people this way. I live in a neighborhood of about 700+ houses. I usually only mail 200 of them and at .50 or more for each postcard, I'm strapped.
I'd love to hear from y'all!
PS: I didn't put the flyers in the mailbox, but rolled them up and put them between the mailbox flag and the mailbox, some were put into the little newpaper slot, some were put between the decorative mailbox posts, some were put into the wild plants that people have around their mailboxes(some of the flowers are nice around the mailbox, but overgrowth around the box causes a hazard to the poor mailmen...there were BEES in them).