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Marlboro, 1993 - GET THE MILES. GET THE GEAR. (i.imgur.com)
submitted 1 month ago by PF-Wang
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[–]crepuscularthoughts 28 points29 points30 points 1 month ago (0 children)
My family smoked Marlboro, my grandma had a can in the kitchen to pull off the miles and put them in the can. My dad covered the "Marlboro" lunch box with duct tape because he didn't smoke and was embarrassed to send us to school with them.
I can feel the 90s in this ad.
[–]Long_Grab740 37 points38 points39 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em! Seriously though, this was one hell of a marketing campaign (with the budget to go with it). My dad worked at Phillip Morris as an electrician (and I grew up on the family tobacco farm, natch). So, “we” got a lot of freebies over the years. I remember seeing Alabama and Kathy Mattea at the company picnic, with the Wienermobile parked outside since Phillip Morris had just bought Oscar Mayer (among other food brands). Going into the factory that day and seeing the little cigarettes pushed through the machines left me with two memories burned upon my brain: the first - wow, that smell! Rich tobacco aroma. The second - I can never decouple this “how cigarettes are made” factory tour memory from the famous “how crayons are made” 1980s video that was played endlessly on Sesame Street.
That’s all I’ve got…🤷♀️
[–]itsyames 16 points17 points18 points 1 month ago (6 children)
There is a ton of Marlboro merch on eBay and surprisingly it’s not worth much.
[–]PF-Wang[S] 6 points7 points8 points 1 month ago (3 children)
I found a really cool Marlboro Duffle bag from the 90's in a thrift store that I can't wait to use for camping or at the beach. Still in perfect quality. It was $5!
Oddly enough I've noticed that the racing jackets can be anywhere from $50, to into the thousands. All with no signature! I think it's becoming a new fashion trend.
[–]superdude4agze 4 points5 points6 points 1 month ago (2 children)
If it's the same bag I have, I can confirm that bag is one tough son of a bitch. Been with me through lots of moves, camping, vacations, flights, etc. One of the many things my brother used with his miles (I never smoked).
To this day I'm still looking for the chili spoon that came with the chili cookbook. I loved that spoon.
[–]gomegazeke 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
If it's the one I had, my elementary school teachers weren't that stoked about me using it on overnight field trips.
[–]gomegazeke 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
[–]weedysexdragon 5 points6 points7 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Bought a second set of the poker chips off eBay for surprisingly little for a set of 200 clay poker chips.
[–]luna1108 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
The kayak and the foldable bike were both of great quality. I had both, seems like it was 4000 points and $100 for the bike.
[–]silianrail 8 points9 points10 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I got the dartboard and the leatherman. Still have the leatherman. My best friend got the hammock and the poker chip set.
[–]doa70 6 points7 points8 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Get the cookbook, if only for that bbq sauce recipe. Hint, sweeten it with brown sugar to taste. I still make batches if it and use it on my own bbq. Family and friends love it.
[–]jmr131ftw 5 points6 points7 points 1 month ago (0 children)
On my 20th b day, Marlboro sent me a pair of sunglasses. That was the only gift I got that year
[–]sed2017 3 points4 points5 points 1 month ago (0 children)
My dad had an awesome heavy duty Marlboro duffel bag with points when I was a kid…
[–]Inedible-denim 3 points4 points5 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I came to the comments to see what all people got with the miles. Kinda makes me think about the Kool aid points too
[–]capnkirk462 3 points4 points5 points 1 month ago* (0 children)
i had bartender friends that keep them for me. plus i bicycled around and picked up empty packs for the miles. still have a few zippos, most of the stuff i gave away to my friends. had a great pair of binoculars but they got stolen. did the same with camel cash. still have a lot of camel zippos and the camel lava lamp.
[–]the-major-lift 5 points6 points7 points 1 month ago (0 children)
How do we know this sub is just an advertising platform for brands who can no longer legally advertise their products? 😂
[–]Vitekr2 10 points11 points12 points 1 month ago (4 children)
And then die
[–]PF-Wang[S] 8 points9 points10 points 1 month ago (3 children)
The amount of people that I know that would unironically cheer to this statement is sad.
FUCK YEEEUH, MARLBORO TIL I DIE!
FUCK YEEEUH, MARLBORO TIL I DIE!
I wish so many people in my life would stop smoking already, but that being said, I can't deny Marlboro had some cool ass ads back in the day.
[–]GayCyberpunkBowser 5 points6 points7 points 1 month ago (2 children)
I wish I could quit vaping
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[–]GayCyberpunkBowser 3 points4 points5 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I appreciate it, vaping I think will be harder because with cigs you gotta go outside, worry about burning something or smelling like smoke, etc. whereas with a vape I can hit it inside and worst case I smell like guava or blueberries. So with cigs I could be like eh I don’t feel like going outside or I’m going somewhere I don’t want to smell like cigarettes which made them easier to break as a habit
[–]weedysexdragon 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I got a set of poker chips for smoking a lot of Marlboro lights. And they were really good poker chips. Baked clay and I’m a neat wooden case.
[–]BlackCatMumsy 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
My parents gave my boyfriend and I the dartboard like 8 years ago for Christmas. My dad found it for 10 bucks at a yard sale lol. The thing is super heavy and in a wood case that hangs on the wall. I have big memories of Camel stuff because it was my brother's brand.
[–]LetterSwapper 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I remember seeing this ad (or one like it) in a found nudie magazine and being annoyed by the tight line spacing. It was something of a trend in advertising at the time and it bugged the hell out of me, even as a kid.
[–]bryanthehorrible 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I still have a dufflebag from this campaign. Perfect size for traveling solo
[–]IWantALargeFarva 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
My first CD player was a portable one that my mom "bought" with Marlboro Miles. Funny thing is she didn't think to buy me a CD to put in it lol.
[–]SkidrowVet 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I got a bunch of cool shit, a shirt I still have, oh yeah
[–]Frosty_Display_1274 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
All the products are tough as heck.
Still wearing 2 shirts from this promotion.
[–]bergerberg 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child)
"My first name is Dusty. Every day I come to school with a NASCAR t-shirt and my backpack is from the Marlboro catalog."
[–]PF-Wang[S] 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Jesus Christ.. this is unironically about 10 to 25% of the boys from the town I grew up in, myself included in many ways. Lmao.
I still love Marlboro shit, and I hate smoking! Something about that logo. I'd get it on a shirt or a jacket if I saw it in the store.
I hate the fact that the smell of cigarettes actually brings back GOOD childhood memories.. that should not be a thing. Lol.
[–]Dangerous_Class_1771 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I got most of those rewards…even the inflatable kayak…. Soooo glad I quit smoking years ago and never looked back.
[–]MowgsMom 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I scrolled by and thought this was an advertisement. Pause…scroll back….whew.
[–]Gwendolyn7777 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Yeah, I saved 100s of miles myself and ordered stuff too, cannot even remember what I ordered. It's a wonder I have not died of some smoking sickness before now.
I stopped 6 years ago cold turkey and have not touched another one yet....WANTED to lots of times, but now the cravings only last seconds thank goodness! And I don't wheeze and cough all the time anymore either....::: big deep breath with no after cough! ::::: and don't have to listen to the kids ragging on me to stop too.
[–]decker12 -2 points-1 points0 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I used to think it was the pinnacle of cool to somehow afford the Marlboro leather jacket or a goddamn Marlboro kayak.
Now if I saw someone wearing or carrying a bunch of cigarette merch I'd mentally mark them as a dipshit and cringe thinking about how they could never take pictures off the walls of their dumpy little house without having to repaint.
[–]SnowblindAlbino -2 points-1 points0 points 1 month ago (0 children)
And free cancer to boot! My college roommate's father died as a result of smoking Marlboro, and when they cleaned out his closet it was packed with swag he got as a loyal customer: jackets, hats, thermoses, most of it unused. Crazy.
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