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  • #690926

    WSdreamer
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    unless you have a lot of kids. glad to hear people are filling them out!

    #690927

    Sue
    Participant

    So first I get a card telling me that I will be getting the census. Then I get the actual census (which I mailed back the next morning). Then I got a letter reminding me that it’s a law that I must return the census (that I already returned). Then yesterday I opened a fortune cookie and on the back of my fortune it says “Put down your chopsticks and get involved in Census 2010!” (wish I was joking) They’re getting a bit crazy with this census, don’t ya think?

    #690928

    alki_2008
    Participant

    Is there anyone that has NOT received the reminder postcard? I believe they’re sending the reminders to everybody. They’re not keeping track of who did or didn’t send back the census form to determine who gets the postcard. That’s why the postcard has that line about ‘if you’ve already sent your census, then disregard this reminder’ (or something similar to that effect).

    The reminder postcard so soon after the census was in-home helps to ensure people think about the census form that they should’ve received…ie, before they throw it out.

    #690929

    JanS
    Participant

    Alki_2008….I totally understand that, but, geez, how many trees were destroyed for something that essentially got thrown out. In Seattle, hopefully, we all recycled, but there are some places in the good ol’ US of A that really don’t pay attention to recycling. It all just seems like a waste of paper (I don’t mean the census form itself – we need to do that)…the letter a week before – “It’s coming, it’s coming”, and then a postcard, too. Will there be more, I wonder….sigh…

    and those that aren’t gonna pay attention and return it weren’t going to no matter what, probably. They will get a visit, I’m guessing.

    #690930

    alki_2008
    Participant

    JanS – I’m assuming the idea is that the cost of sending the postcards is less than the cost of sending workers out to make home visits later. Besides the monetary cost, there’s also the gas exhaust (if we want to think of costs in a “green” sense).

    I’m just glad they used postcards, instead of enveloped letters…postcards have less postage cost and are completely recyclable.

    There are plenty of studies in the marketing realm that discuss the efficacy of using postcard reminders. Presumably, such studies were the impetus for the pre- and post- reminders that we all received. Of course, statistics can say anything. :-p

    #690931

    dawsonct
    Participant

    Please refer to post #13 for an explanation for the reminder mailings.

    Or watch this:

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-march-18-2010/gary-locke-pt–2

    #690932

    JoB
    Participant

    i think the person who thought up stuffing fortune cookies should get a creativity bonus:)

    #690933

    Sue
    Participant

    JoB, plus it’s one way to determine how stale the fortune cookies are – if I’m still getting 2010 census fortunes in, say, 2012. :)

    #690934

    JoB
    Participant

    Sue..

    LOL.. if it glows in the dark.. don’t eat it ;-0

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