"Help! I entered a Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, and now I'm receiving too many emails and postal mail. How do I remove my name from Publishers Clearing House's mailing list?"
If you're feeling overwhelmed by the amount of mail you're receiving after entering Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, you're not alone. Here's why you're getting so many PCH mailings and what to do about it.
PCH Uses Sweepstakes to Build Their Marketing Lists
Publishers Clearing House is a direct-marketing company whose business is selling magazines and other products. One of the primary reasons why they run huge giveaways on a regular basis is to build their mailing list so that they can try to sell products to you.
Remember, though, you are NOT obligated to buy anything to enter or to win their sweepstakes. Making purchases will NOT affect your chances of winning in any way.
"When you register with pch.com we will email you with offers of interest from pch.com and our marketing partners."
"When you register with pch.com we may share your name and information with third parties who may contact you by mail with relevant offers."
If you don't uncheck the boxes to opt-out of marketing messages, expect to receive marketing emails and/or postal mail after you enter. Remember, those offers are what fund the big prizes. You can say, "enough is enough" and be removed from the lists at any time.
If you don't want to receive marketing communications from PCH, be careful to opt out before submitting any forms to them, including your sweepstakes entries.
How to Unsubscribe from PCH Mailing Lists
Hopefully, you will enjoy the emails that you receive from PCH. But if you're receiving too much mail or if you don't like the content, you can unsubscribe from the lists.
To remove yourself from Publishers Clearing House's in-house mailing lists, contact PCH directly. You can remove yourself from sweepstakes entry offers as well as from other kinds of marketing offers.
Read How to Contact Publishers Clearing House to find the links to unsubscribe from Publishers Clearing House's own mailing lists.
Unsubscribing From PCH Email Lists
If you're receiving too many emails rather than postal mail, you can take the same steps to unsubscribe from all Publishers Clearing House emails. You can also follow the unsubscribe directions found in each email.
How to Unsubscribe from Partner Mailing Lists
One of the things you agree to when you opt in is to receive contact from third parties. That is, companies that are PCH's partners and affiliates.
Unsubscribing from PCH mailings doesn't remove you from the mailing lists of their partners. To remove yourself from partner email marketing lists, use the unsubscribe option that is included in each email. Look for the "EZ Unsubscribe" seal in the emails for more information.
If you are receiving postal mail from PCH's partners, look up the companies' privacy policies for information about how to unsubscribe.
How Long Will It Take Before PCH Mailings Stop Coming?
PCH's FAQ promises that unsubscribe requests are processed right away. However, as with most direct marketing companies, marketing campaigns are prepared well in advance. Because of that, it can take a few weeks before the emails or the letters stop coming. This is true for both postal and electronic mails.
It's a good idea to take note of the date that you unsubscribed, and if mail continues to come after ten days, contact PCH to see if there was a problem with processing the request.