No, I Don’t Want Your Coupons

Hey Chicagoans,

Have you ever come home to one of these at your doorstep?


The bright red bag of the Chicago Tribune Inside Shopper/RedPlum shows up on our stoop every week, every month, I don’t even know, but it is always there.


Inside are a bunch of coupon circulars for our whole building that no one ever touches. The bag o’ coupons usually sits on the stoop for days or weeks. Maybe it makes it inside into the vestibule, but no one wants it, so no one touches it.

Eventually, the bag of papers disappears. Someone caved and threw it out or maintenance picked it up. I will never know.

The point here is that these coupons are unwanted and they keep coming to be instantly (or many weeks later) tossed in the trash can.

If I am the one to cave and pick it up, I will recycle it, but what about all those other houses out there who immediately throw it into the landfill?

Finally fed up with these things, I actually took a look at that red bag and it said:

“For service inquiries or if you do not want this product delivered to you, please call 1-800-874-2863 or email us at”

Apparently, I could have called long ago to get these to stop, but I just assumed like most of the local mailings, you couldn’t get out of it.

I am not the first one to be pissed off by these stupid red bags of coupons. See here, here, here and here. Someone even sued the Tribune about unwanted delivery even after multiple attempts to be removed.

Anyway, I sent an email off to Inside Shopper, we shall see what happens…



  1. I’ve already called four times. They’re full of spittle that they’re going to stop flytipping in my front yard.

    Is there anyone else suing or a lawsuit I can complain with? I’m interested in jumping on board. I’m in South Lawndale.

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    1. Hi Chris, I eventually got them to stop after tweeting at the Chicago Tribune, but I recently moved so have no idea if they have started delivering again. I’m not sure about any recent lawsuits though. Best of luck!


  2. They won’t stop sending them. I’ve emailed, called, mailed, complained on Twitter, put up signs in various languages on my door, caught the driver, etc. I’m going to just mail it back to them in the condition that I find them with my address and a note to stop. It such a waste.

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  3. I don’t understand the hostility aimed at an agency begging to save you money? I love the IS, it takes 10 minutes to go through and usually saves me $10 a week. It’s great to know whats on sale at Jewel and Mariano’s, etc. And there is usually $5-10 in coupons to use.
    My recommendation is to bend down, pick it up, unplug and enjoy a short read then toss. It’s good exercise and you get paid to do it.


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