Shred your junk mail, win a $50 credit on your Visa

Goodbye junk mail

So we have this big “Operation: Your best interest” project running right now, where we’ve done all this research on big bank credit cards.

Part of the whole operation is our offer to shred your credit card solicitations (otherwise known as “junk mail”). When we do, we’ll enter you to win a $50 credit on your American 1 Visa for every solicitation you bring in. It’s limited to credit card mailings, though, so please don’t bring in your 1976 tax forms.

We’re doing this for a few reasons.

  • It fights identity theft. The less paperwork with your name and address sitting in your trash can, the less likely a thief can steal it and grab a credit card in your name. By all means, get a shredder for your own household.
  • Our shredders rock. I’m not bragging, but we have those industrial-strength cross-cut shredders that mince paperwork into hamster bedding. These things are cool.
  • Junk mail is wasteful. Think about all the postage and paper and fuel wasted just to send you a bunch of credit offers. How many of those can you actually use? Think about all that waste.
  • We want your story. We’d love to film you shredding a big stack of Visa or Discover Card offers and post it on our Top Secret Visa web site. Bonus points if you do a little dance while it’s shredding.

Our Shred Day back in January was such a hit we thought it would be cool to do this just for credit card solicitations. It helps protect your identity, and it’s a lot of fun to do. And hey – it could win you $50 on your Visa.

4 Responses to “Shred your junk mail, win a $50 credit on your Visa”


  1. 1 Garetjax June 10, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Why go to the trouble of shredding all these offers, most can be stopped by going to OptOut prescreen.com. I choose to use Myjunktree and they helped me stop the credit card offers and more. I paid a $20 annual fee, but they stop catalogs, weekly coupons, phone books and other junk mail. Prescreen.com is free and it works.

  2. 2 american1fcu June 10, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    That’s fine if you want to pay $20. There are other services out there that do it for free, I believe – kind of like a mail version of the “Do Not Call List.” I’ll have to look that service up. Our deal lets member enter to win a $50 credit just by shredding their credit card soliciations, and it’s free.

  3. 3 sc1quail June 22, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Maybe I am just un-lucky but I have never won anything. And kind of like the Garetjax idea of using myjunktree.com in stopping those credit offers form coming to my home in the first place.

  4. 4 Tim August 26, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    I happen to be one of the owners of MyJunkTree and as a new company I search the web to see if we are getting any visibility out there and it seems the word is getting out. Thanks for the support.

    We launched the company because we were tired of all the junk mail we were receiving and we personally did not want to bounce all over the web to contact all the different companies to stop it all. First and foremost we wanted to let people choose what they wanted to let come to their home knowing that some people really do like some of the coupons and catalogs. So our clients choose what they want stopped.

    We also had to provide a service that is different than the other services out there, so here is what we offer:

    1. We have a database of over 1300 catalogs that you can choose to stop.
    2. We have over a 2000 charities/Non-Profits that you can stop solicitations from.
    3. Stop the delivery of the national phone directories.
    4. Stop the delivery of the weekly coupons.
    5. Stop the general credit card offers as well as the ones from your own major bank.
    6. Stop the miscellaneous junk mail from the data brokers.
    7. You can register on the National Do Not Call Registry from the website.
    8. You can order your no strings attached free annual credit report right from the website.
    9. We plant trees with every new membership.

    And, yes we are a paid service and yes you can do everything that we do for free, if you want to do all the research and spend the time contacting the companies yourself it can easily be done. We have just done all of the legwork for our clients and feel there is value in the service we provide.


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