Lately I’ve been trying to reduce some of the noise in my inbox by unsubscribing from a number of email newsletter lists.
It hasn’t been easy.
For example, I unsubscribed from the IOGEAR list and they tell me (as shown here) that it’s going to take up for four weeks to get my name off of their list.
I understand if it takes four weeks to get removed from a print catalog mailing list. Labels have to be printed weeks ahead of time.
But we’re talking email here.
It’s not all that difficult to gather up all the unsubscribes and run a weekly dedupe. Is it?
I encountered one email list recently (which will remain nameless) that claimed a six week grace period.
Is this going to keep getting worse. Will one day I find that it’s going to take six months to opt out of a mailing list?
I know companies hate to lose email subscribers. Perhaps this delayed removal process is the human equivalent of a clingy ex-girlfriend or boyfriend.
But I’m trying to move on with my life. And they’re not letting me.
Has anyone out there encountered similarly clingy emailers? Or is this just me?