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The Directory of Mail Order Catalogs

This thirty-fourth edition of The Directory of Mail Order Catalogs represents Grey House Publishing’s longest-running annual reference directory. Despite ongoing challenges for the mail order catalog industry, this 2020 edition proves the formidable success of print catalogs, with 213 new catalogs, several new catalog categories, and more company details than the last edition.

The Directory of Mail Order Catalogs is divided into two distinct directories. Section One, Consumer Catalogs are arranged in 43 major chapters (and further defined into 220 subcategories), including:

  • Arts & Graphic Arts
  • Clothing
  • Collectibles
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Educational Products
  • Food & Beverage
  • Hobbies
  • Kitchenware
  • Science
  • Sporting Goods
  • Travel & Leisure
  • and more!

Section Two, Business to Business Catalogs, is aimed at the business buyer and divided into 39 major chapters (further defined into subcategories, including:

  • Agriculture
  • Building Supplies
  • Business Information
  • Disability Products
  • Fire Protection
  • Healthcare
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Office Products
  • Packaging
  • Printing
  • Work Apparel & Uniforms
  • and more!

The two sections are separated by a colorful divider for easy reference, and the Table of Contents is a helpful guide to the directory’s nearly 800 pages. Many catalogs are included in more than one chapter, and five indexes allow users to easily save research time: Consumer Product Index, Consumer Catalog & Company Index, Business Catalog & Company Index, Consumer Geographical Index, and Business Geographical Index.

Each listing includes dozens of updated data points, from company size, sales figures, and the catalog’s physical features to basic contact information, including 12,400 key executive names, 6,104 websites, 5,182 fax numbers, and 4,465 email addresses to more specific fields, including company size, sales and the catalog's physical features.


  • Consumer Catalog & Company
  • Business Catalog & Company
  • Consumer Geographical Index
  • Business Geographical Index
  • Product Index

The Directory of Mail Order Catalogs is the largest and most comprehensive resource covering this billion-dollar industry. As the standard in its field, this important resource is a useful tool for entrepreneurs searching for catalogs to pick up their product, vendors looking to expand their customer base in the catalog industry, market researchers, small businesses investigating new supply vendors, and library patrons exploring the available catalogs in their areas of interest.

All buyers of the 2020 print edition of The Directory of Mail Order Catalogs receive free access to Grey House’s online database platform at Subscribers have access to all of the business-building details provided in the print volume, but are able to search by geographic area, printing information, key contacts, sales volumes, employee size, keyword, and so much more, making research time quick and easy. Additionally, subscribers can download contact sheets to create their own mailing list of sales leads. Visit the site or call 800-562-2139 to set up a free demo of the online database.

Many of our directories are available in a database format that you can download into your own spreadsheet or database software. Using this downloadable database you can print out mailing labels, segment the database by geographic area for your sales team, print out prospect sheets and much more. Plus, you can customize the database to meet your own specific search criteria.

Click here to download a datacard. Datacards outline pricing and ways in which you can segment the database. Contact our list manager at or (800) 562-2139 x118 for up-to-the-minute counts or for more information.

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Pub. Date: December 2019
Softcover: 1000 pages
ISBN: 978-1-64265-106-5
Price: $250
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