Earlier I wrote about the Do Not Mail List possibly coming into effect, with some states pushing harder than others
This is how the Do Not Call List got started, it slowly but surely came into effect. Yes, I did put my home phone and my cell phone on the Do Not Call List because the calls got out of hand and ridiculous.
Yes, I do open my mail over the trash can and throw away all junk mail on the spot, but does that mean that I want it to become a law that only certain people can mail letters to me? I think I am big enough to decide that myself. What do you think?
Did you know that in the last year, 11 states have introduced do-not-mail legislation, calling for the imposition of hefty fines on marketers who mail solicitations to residents whose names are on do-not-mail lists? What do you think of this? What is your opinion and how would this affect us in the real estate business? Will our hands be further tied? We already can't call certain people, is this fair? Do you agree with this? It makes me so mad my hair is turning red.....
So far there are actually 11 states considering the do-not-mail legislation,and they are as follows:
Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, New York, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Texas, Vermont and Washington. The bill in Vermont was introduced last week. There have been additional measures have been introduced in New York and Washington, as well as in New Jersey and Virginia, where registries would include people with mental illnesses and certain senior citizens. Are you in any of those states? Which state is next? Will they all pass this legislation? Should we all be fighting against this?
The bills do vary from state to state. In most cases, marketers who mail solicitations to individuals on do-not-mail lists would face fines of several thousand dollars per violation. In Michigan, for example, violations can also result in up to six months imprisonment and a fine of up to $500. Any ActiveRainers out there from Michigan may need to listen up! Could you imagine, going to jail for sending a letter to the wrong person? OH MY!
Just so you know, in all cases, nonprofit organizations and politicians ( of course, how convenient...)would be exempt. There would also be a business-relationship exemption as well.( OH! Thank God, we could still write to our current customers.....)
Proponents of the measures believe that the do-not-mail laws will have the same effect as the do-not-call registries as they will give homeowners a say over what information they want coming into their homes and that this will be a good thing.
What do you think of this? I know myself, I don't like to be sold to, BUT is this the way to go? It will surely hurt the paper industry as well as the postal services, and many more I am not thinking of or want to write them all at this very moment, but is this going too far?
I mean, if you don't want the mail, why can't you just throw it out. Before you know it, our whole life will be regulated. Is that what we all want? It doesn't really sound like America to me. What does it sound like to YOU????
Vickie McCartney,Realtor Home Realty GMAC~Owensboro,Kentucky