ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Work from Home Stuffing Envelopes

Updated on January 25, 2011

All Envelope Stuffing Ads Are Scams!

That’s right. All those ads you’ve seen your whole life: $350 per month, Guaranteed, Just to Stuff Envelopes. All of them are scams.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) says that in all its investigations into this scam, over decades, it has never found a single legitimate work at home envelope stuffing scheme. And they would know! They deliver all the envelopes!

Furthermore, the Post Office says that the actual work of envelope-stuffing, that real businesses do actually need, has become so highly mechanized (done by big machines) that there is almost no room at all for anyone to possibly make a profit doing this. Maybe there was once a time when a company could have a legitimate use for a team working from home envelope stuffing, but that time is long gone.

Now, that’s just the Post Office’s viewpoint. They could be wrong. They don’t know everything. I mean, they lost several billion dollars in revenue last year, so…

Folks, the bottom line is that anyone who is hotly pursuing you, whether it be through the classified section in your newspaper or through pop-up ads online, and claiming that they will pay you $1-$2 per envelope stuffed has got a trick up their sleeve.

How the Scam Works

While there are many variations on the age-old “Work from home stuffing envelope” scam, probably the most typical one goes like this:

You respond to the ad, eager to be able to work and watch The Price Is Right simultaneously. It sounds too good to be true, but wouldn’t the government have stopped them already if it really was an all-out con job? I mean, here they are advertising themselves in the newspaper of all places. What con artist would out himself for all to see like that? There must be something to it, you think. So you respond.

The next thing that happens in this scenario is that you’re told you have to pay $29.95 to get in on this. This money basically just shows them that you’re serious. I mean, if you’re not willing to pay $30 to make hundreds a week in perfect peace and ease from home, then you’re just not what they’re looking for from their “network of team members”.

So gullible old you, you send them the money. About a week later, you get a package in the mail. This is what you’ve been waiting for. It will contain the seed of the program and before you know it you’ll be divvying up a little corner of your TV room to set aside “just for work”.

So what is inside the package you receive? Well, it’s your instructions. It tells you that you won’t in fact be making your money by stuffing envelopes. But they have something even better to offer you which requires no physical labor at all!

All you have to do is place an ad like the one that originally hooked you into the work at home scam in the first place. That’s right, you have to now go fishing for other idiots like yourself. And if you get good at that, then maybe you can make some real money…

And on and on it goes. There are numerous variations in the different “business models” that these scams may use to operate, but they’re all completely empty, offering nothing and giving nothing. The simple fact is that working from home stuffing envelopes is just too easy to be true.

Start Your Own Direct Mail Services Business

If, despite all that I have just told you about work from home jobs stuffing envelopes, you just still can’t shake your life-long dream of making a living in this field, well don’t give up yet. There still may be a way. But it won’t involve paying any money to anyone up front. And it won’t even involve responding to an ad.

Your best option is going to be to start your own direct mail services business. Despite what the USPS has to say about there being a complete lack of need for envelope stuffers nowadays, there still may be a niche to do “mail services” for small, local companies in and around your home.

(Now that I think about it, maybe the Post Office just doesn’t want anyone infringing on their own mail services business.)

I’m not going to tell you that if you start an operation like this it will be successful, but it is something you could look into. I would start by simply thinking about what businesses in your area could possibly have a need for an individual contractor to handle their mass mailings. Maybe car dealers? Maybe even the town itself could use someone like you to get the word out about certain events? I really don’t know, but I would think there’s some service that you could possibly provide there. The fact is, there are still envelopes being stuffed in every town all across the world everyday. Just a thought. And you could definitely do this work at home, but please remember there's no such thing as free work from home stuffing envelopes.

Work from Home Stuffing Envelopes?

Have you ever been taken in by a scam?

See results

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)