No more Yellow Pages/Phone Books please! Blog discussion

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  • Simon_c_2
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    I never open them.
    I do remember one time when they might have been useful.

    We had a power cut that had lasted for more than a few mins, so even with the laptop, there was no power for the router, so no internet.

    I txted my mum asking her if she could look up a number (strange how it's always Mum you phone up for help but that's an asside). She phoned back confused about how she could look up a phone number for my electricity company from where she lived. Then suggested I look up in the phone book !!

    I just think it's funny how it never occurred to me to look in the phone book, and how it never occurred to her to look online (despite bing very computer savie) :rotfl:
  • Gordon_the_Moron
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    I agree with what the article says, there should be a way of opting out of having it delivered too so it never comes in the first place.
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  • I for one value the yellow pages. I do most of my shopping online, but there are some things where Yellow Pages comes into its own. For example, I was re-turfing my lawn recently and I wanted a local supplier, so that the grass was grown on similar soil and didn't have to travel many miles on a flatbed.

    Google came up with some options, but most were on the other side of the country. The online Yellow pages is pretty poor, and misses a lot of them out because the search does not know the local area as well as a human.

    There are many turf suppliers listed in the Yellow Pages, most of which are relatively local. Often, there websites are listed which were not optimised for Google, and lots of phone numbers of course.

    Sure, for insurance etc, it is the web all the way, but if you want smaller companies, a locla directory is where its at, and the Yellow Pages is the most comprehensive.
  • zfrl
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    Yellow Pages - If they didn't say they were delivered to everyone then they would not be able to charge so much for the adverts!

    How much would a company pay for an insert in a book seen by an unknown number of people?


    I for one never open it - all I do is take the wrapper off before putting it into the recycling.
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  • kezbabybabe
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    Totally Agree, we use mainly the internet to look things up, outside of this if we didn't have the phone books we would probably phone a 118 number.

    Its about time they saved money by not printing it and sending it to everyone.
  • kingkano
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    I have to agree with 'lardaholics anonymous'. yell.com is very very poor. It seems as if business' have to pay extra to appear there (on top of their paper based ad). Which means when I was recently searching for fireplace installers in my area on yell I got 2 results, in the yellow pages there was roughly half a dozen pages of ads. How can I justify turfing the book in that case??

    Obviously other online searches can help but sometimes nothing beats looking in the book.
  • Mumstheword
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    The main issue in the OP is the delivery method -

    The distributors are not allowed to leave these books on doorsteps. If they cant hand it over or fit it through the letter box, it should be left discreetly, behind a plant pot or the bin for example, or with a neighbour.

    If you were to have a staggered delivery/collection service, that would impact greatly on costs and advertisiing. The costs would be higher, to pay someone to re walk that whole area, collecting in any left out. That cost would be passed on to advertisers...these companies are in this to make profit and are hardly likely to pay that out themselves. The advertisers would then face higher charges, knowing that the book is actually going to fewer customers.

    Those books are unlikely to be reuseable if they've been out in the rain a couple of days. The plastic coverings will keep them clean, and protect them from a light shower, but nothing more.
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  • duchy
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    I for one value the yellow pages. I do most of my shopping online, but there are some things where Yellow Pages comes into its own. For example, I was re-turfing my lawn recently and I wanted a local supplier, so that the grass was grown on similar soil and didn't have to travel many miles on a flatbed.

    Google came up with some options, but most were on the other side of the country. The online Yellow pages is pretty poor, and misses a lot of them out because the search does not know the local area as well as a human.

    There are many turf suppliers listed in the Yellow Pages, most of which are relatively local. Often, there websites are listed which were not optimised for Google, and lots of phone numbers of course.

    Sure, for insurance etc, it is the web all the way, but if you want smaller companies, a locla directory is where its at, and the Yellow Pages is the most comprehensive.

    Yellow pages is available on-line at https://www.yell.co.uk so there really isn't any need for those enormous books in a lot of homes. I use yellow pages and agree it's a great resource but haven't touched the book version in several years
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  • olly300
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    The problem with opting in is that when you move house the person who will use the yellow pages most is the new occupant. Every time I've moved it has taken me a minimum of 2 weeks to get internet access and that's the time the yellow pages has come in very handy whether I know the local area or not.

    Even when I do have internet access the yellow pages is much easier to use than yell

    The phone book is a waste of space. Most people I know are not in it and I never can find the company I'm looking for.
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  • webdigga
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    Completely agree with this article.

    I had to put mine in the recycling bin a few days ago. The book is a little redundant now with such easy access to the internet.
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