PaperKarma: Stop junk mail with your phone

PaperKarma update for 2018!

They were going to shut down, but we all protested, so a company called JET swooped in to rescue them at the last minute. They also updated the app and made it a lot easier. I especially like that you can see all the senders that they can subscribe from and find the right one. Before you just snapped a picture and hoped that they would find the sender. You get five free unsubscribes, then it’s $20 a year. I was happy to pay it.

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The holiday crush of mail order catalogs is choking my mailbox. Since I do almost all of my shopping online, I have no need of the paper-wasting hard copies. That’s why I love PaperKarma, an easy-to-use tool that helps you unsubscribe from mailing lists with a couple of clicks of your phone.

You simply take a picture of the address label with the scanning codes and submit it to PaperKarma. They contact the sender for you and request that you be removed from the list. The app tracks your submissions and lets you know when you’ve been removed — all without any work from you.

PaperKarma is available for iOS, Android and Windows. They were purchased by, a company that monitors your web presence. The service was once free, but now you can expect to pay $9.99/year to get rid of as many mailing list subscriptions as you need to. Some folks are angry about the price increase, but I’m very happy to pay a mere ten bucks a year to keep the piles off my table and the paper out of the landfill.

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