The Directory of Mail Order Catalogs
"This kind of directory not only provides specific information on hard-to-locate companies, but is also a lot of fun to browse through. There is something for everyone."

"The Directory of Mail Order Catalogs is the dream of all shoppers who like to receive catalogs in the mail; there is a catalog in here for everyone, ranging from clothing, toys, and furniture...The most impressive thing about the Directory is the sheer number of print catalogs it contains."
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The Directory of Mail Order Catalogs
2018 Edition

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Pub. Date: December 2017
Softcover: 786 pages
ISBN: 978-1-68217-386-2
Price: $250.00
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This thirty-second 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 2018 edition proves the formidable success of print catalogs, with 100 new print 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 13,264 key executive names, 6,616 websites, 5,710 fax numbers, and 4,809 email addresses.


All buyers of the 2018 print edition of The Guide 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.

The Guide 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.

Pub. Date: December 2017
Softcover: 786 pages
ISBN: 978-1-61925-936-2
Price: $250.00
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Note: If you find this work does not fit your budget, please print out this page and bring it to your local library. There is a reasonable chance they either have a copy, can direct you to a library that does, or will be willing to purchase it for their reference collection.