Anybody else sick of companies all over America claiming they are “going green” when what they are really doing is cutting down on postage expenses and shifting the paper costs to the clients? I’m not saying it’s a bad idea. I’m not even saying you shouldn’t do it. I’m just saying the Spin Doctors are out in force in everything we hear. You literally cannot trust anything. (Except me. 😉 )
This just in from the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors:
|So Long Paper Bills – E-mail Billing Starts July 1|
|For KCRAR and Heartland MLS, the Green movement is taking a big step on July 1, 2009 when we’ll switch to paperless billing. Instead of printing and mailing or delivering thousands of paper bills each month, the standard HMLS and KCRAR accounting system will upgrade to electronic billing with delivery via e-mail. Unless you opt to continue receiving paper bills, your invoices and statements will be delivered to the e-mail address you have on file with KCRAR / HMLS. To check that e-mail address, go to https://ims.heartlandmlsweb.com and login to view your “Personal Information.”
Still want that paper bill? Fax the Billing Preference Form found under the Membership section of “Forms & Documents” link in the right hand column on this page. You may opt to continue receiving paper bills at no charge during 2009; charges for paper bills, as outlined on the Billing Preference Form, will take effect in January 2010.
Let me get this straight, if we want to not save trees by going paperless we need to use even more paper and electricity? Let’s call it what it is…You want to save the money. It makes more sense for an individual realtor to hit print on his email and expend the $0.10 in paper and electricity (because we’ll need that receipt for our taxes) than it does for KCRAR to continue to foot thousands for the expense. I get it. JUST QUIT CALLING IT “GOING GREEN!”
Every credit card company I know wants me to “go green.” Every mortgage company I have, too. They want me to foot the bill for having the copies. I never opt to “go green.” I make them keep the cost. That is until one of them actually comes clean and calls it what it is.
Editorial note: I don’t hate the environment or KCRAR. In fact, I love the fact that KCRAR provides free education for member realtors. They can do this because they are consistently over-funded. Cost saving moves like this are to be admired. I just want what it is called what it is. 🙂 Kind of like when Lowes and other retailers used to have 2.5′ long receipts and everyone called them out they went back to practical sized receipts. I don’t need an advertisement with each receipt. I just spent money with you, as you might know by the receipt!