Originally Posted by bill_de
I do the same thing. I mentioned it to my mail carrier and she said keep them coming as it keeps her paycheck coming.
I told my Congressman that they should pass a law requiring all senders of junk mail to pay return postage. All that junk mail costs most of us money. When communities contract for garbage/recycle collections it is based on how many tons they pick up, and it adds up. The smart companies would not be hurt if they removed the addresses on the returns from their mailing lists saving printing and postage costs.
He thought it made sense, but then probably realized it wouldn't bring in any campaign contributions, so wouldn't be worth the effort.
According to the Post Office, junk mail is quite profitable, since the senders must do pretty much all of the work in separating it up into lots for different destinations, etc. etc. The rise of junk email, being close to free for senders, is claimed by the PO to be one reason why they are having money troubles.
As much as I like your idea, it would just make more scammers move to email, and I'd rather see a rule that unsolicited email must come with a .25 PayPal or Bitcoin credit to the receiver.