How To Unsubscribe From All Amazon Emails
Posted on May 17, 2013
“A new study finds that with managing e-mail taking up more than an hour of many workers’ days, at least 34 percent of messages do not contain any information employees need to do their jobs properly,” reports ABCNews.com.
If that’s how much email is irrelevant at work, imagine how many emails are wasting your time in your personal inbox? There’s a very easy way to find out. All you have to do is stop checking your email for about 24 hours. Once you see all the emails together, you get a way better idea of how every little email that you consider harmless is adding up to an insurmountable amount of time- every single day.
I used to sign up for every email newsletter if they gave me something for free. To me, getting a free Dairy Queen blizzard on my birthday totally outweighed the two seconds it took me to delete Dairy Queen’s emails every other month of the year. What I didn’t factor in, is how long it takes me to get back on task after being interrupted by that email. So I began on a quest to unsubscribe from practically every blog, newsletter, etc that I get emails from.
I had no idea that it would take me 3+ hours to unsubscribe from all my emails, and that I will have to unsubscribe multiple times from some of them- taking up even more time.
Here are some of the most annoying things I encountered while unsubscribing from emai newsletters:
How come you can join their email list immediately, but it takes 2 weeks to take you off? Like someone has to manually go into their list of emails and delete you? Does the MinuteClinic keep their email list in Siberia and someone has to physically go there or something? Why in the heck does it take 2 flipping weeks?
Amazon.com was the worst of all emails to unsubscribe from. I first unsubscribed from Amazon Local, thinking that would do the trick. There was no mention that I had to unsubscribe from every single communication from Amazon individually, much less links or instructions how to do that! So after still getting emails, I logged into my Amazon account, thinking I could take care of all of this from the main hub of all of these subsidies, right? I could, but not very easily. One would think checking the box circled in red above would take care of quite a few emails. Nope, you still have to go to each of the ‘Other Amazon Sites’ and unsubscribe from each of them too!
I would suggest right clicking on each link and opening in a new tab or window, because there’s no way to link back to any of the ‘Other Amazon Sites’ from each other. Pretty annoying. It probably took me 15 minutes alone just to unsubribe from all of Amazon’s crazy subsidiary email newsletters.
Since writing this post, I came across the website unsubscribe.me, which claims to help manage all of your subscription emails in one email a day. It only works for Gmail and Yahoo mail currently. I wish I could write a review of it, but I’ve already unsubscribed from all of my email lists. So let me know what you think of it!