Saturday, April 28, 2012

Making art to send to credit card companies

In the past, I have been massively annoyed by unsolicited credit card applications in the mail. But not anymore!
Recently I heard about people sending the empty envelopes back to the credit card companies, so they have to pay for the postage without the benefit of receiving an application. You could go even farther and insert something heavy or rigid in the envelope (such as a thin piece of wood) so they have to pay even more. Credit card companies lose money in postage, people save money by not applying for credit cards, and the USPS makes money by delivering these envelopes. Everyone's happy! (Except for the credit card companies, but that's kind of the point.)
Apparently we're supposed to be making a statement of some kind to rich CEOs, something about corporate greed or middle class decline or income disparity or "we don't want your stinking credit cards." This guy can explain it much better than I can:
But here's the thing: the actual person opening the envelope isn't going to be the CEO. It's going to be some poor mail room clerk thinking, "Oh my, another empty envelope. Aren't we the social justice vigilante." And then they have to go back to their shitty job. So I thought, "As long as we're making a statement, why not to put a smile on someone's face at the same time?"
So I make things to put in the envelopes. Things to hopefully brighten mailroom clerks' workdays.
Now I can't WAIT to get credit card applications.


Samantha Fromm Haddow said...

I love this idea. Wait to be a social justice vigilante AND a positive influence!

Mayra Mancebo said...

A nice idea and a way to contribute to emotional well-being of humanity is also funny way of saying no!