Call each company when an ad brick is left by that company. Explain that
you did not request the ad brick, that you refuse the ad brick, and that you
refuse to allow any agents of the ad brick company to trespass onto your
property (except to retrieve the ad brick they have just left).
Do this for each company (three or four, generally, in an area).
No more ad bricks.
Sometimes a catalog will get you there faster than on-line search, but
when catalogs get too big, they are restrictive. I hate opening a
Grainger, Digi-Key, or MSC,
I also need to put on my Digi-Key glasses for that. Digi-Key
is thicker than Grainger and probably has twice the print.
When I get a Jameco catalog, I actually thumb through the whole thing,
like I used to do in all catalogs.
Because that 8 pound 4,434 page catalog can be used by personnel
in a building that has lost power and thus has no internet service to
identify and then call around for the parts or equipment they need to
get back up and running...
The new digital age with its on-line paperless wonders really craps
out during power failures and ISP issues where service is interrupted,
but the old tech printed catalog can be read by flashlight if need be
and used to seek out the magical gizmos to make the kingdom whole
Umm... Smart phone ? Notebook... ROFL...
What planet are you from, maybe in Fortune 500 companies where they
have managers and executives who don't ever touch a tool or fix
who work to support the facilities maintenance aspect of their
but at 99.9999% of the institutional facilities out there the
workers get a two-way radio, maybe a cell phone (sometimes a Nextel)
and access to a computer in the office which needs both power and comm
to operate... A LOT of things are ordered out of printed catalogs
this day by the greasy people who actually do the work even in the
Earth, circa 2011 AD. Times are changing. Smaller guys are typically
more technologically nimble because they need to be and the fact that
they are small often lets them make their own choices without meeting
some megacorp standard.
I was just working at a facility today that is very much not fortune
500. The staff consists of two people. One guy has a smartphone and the
other guy has an aircard in his notebook. They also have a computer in
I am in and out of lots of facilities and it is unusual anymore not to
Must have been a contractor or outsourced vendor maintenance
Care to disclose what area this was in, as some places are
much more techno-hippie than others...
Still saying that maintenance techs with internet surfing
smart phones are rare rather than the typical situation...
Even though you seem to be in a more high tech environ...
Don't just sit there complaining. Take the tome to your library as a
donation (school or whatever). Then write a polite note to Grainger,
tell them what you did and have your name removed from the catalog
list. It's called activism, and our glorious leader in D.C. would
approve even such small steps.
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