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Marlboro and Other Tobacco Promotional Items

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At first, I was going to say that tobacco promo material should fit right into my clothing category, but then I found that there’s a lot of other types of material out there. There’s an entire eBay category called Tobacciana.

Vintage eBay Tobacciana Completed Sold

Who would want to smoke a used pipe?

Marlboro Country Store





Within this category, I’ve sold t-shirts, jean shirts, fleece jackets, travel bags, and jean jackets. Throughout my research for this post though, I’ve found things like lighters, cowboy hats, blankets, leathermans, dart boards, and watches too.

A lot of these items were promotional. You could save up points to get gear. This started out with the Marlboro Country Store catalog where you could redeem Marlboro Miles (Camel had a similar program with Camel Cash). These “points” were collected by cutting out the UPCs of packs of cigarettes.

Marlboro Ultra Lights Miles Program

Blows my mind that I basically did the same thing with Kool-Aid packets to get a Kool-Aid man Beach Towel.

Most of the items in the Marlboro catalog were outdoors-y: stuff like camping , western themed, climbing, or rafting. Sure, people want them to advertise that they were smokers (kind of a “you can’t tell me what to do” albeit in a pretty dumb way), but they also want to wear/use the gear. The thing is, they were actually really well made and are pretty durable.

Marlboro Western Jean Shirt eBay

Don’t make fun of this shirt! I sold this one for $44 F/S. Mantra: Ugly Sells!

Why are cigarette promo items re-sellable?

They were “sold” from a limited quantity and could only be ordered during a certain time frame.

For dating the material, there was a switch from the Marlboro Country Store to the Marlboro Gear store, and now, there isn’t a promotional program at all. These programs were disbanded by the government in 2006 – tobacco companies were forced to stop giving away promotional material at this time. These are just about 10 years old at the youngest, and the Marlboro Country Store items are even older.

So in sum, they’re not widely available, and there’s still a demand. These are perfect items for collectors!

Final Caveat

To finish off, we all know smoking is terrible. These items aren’t ideal, but at least the company isn’t making any money on the sales anymore. I don’t reallyย  have any moral issue selling these, but you’re free to make your own decisions.

For anyone interested, John Oliver has a really funny/dirty/punch in the gut piece about tobacco and how it’s actually a really big problem in some developing nations around the world.

NSFW!

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  1. I will be looking for tobacco related items in my local thrift stores in the near future. Thanks!

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      No problem! I seem to find the clothing more than anything. The tags really jump out at you.

  2. I’ve seen that tabacco sells, but the points tags are news to me! I think I may actually remember my mothers boyfriend talking about or saving these when I was very very young. That and fingerhutch.
    John Oliver is really the best. Love people telling it like it is!

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      John Oliver is fantastic. The best part for me is that he makes all his stuff available on YouTube really quickly. I don’t have cable so it’s the only way I’d be able to watch his show.

      As to the tobacco stuff and the points, I just think it’s crazy. “Kill yourself more to get this stupid t-shirt!”

  3. Great stuff! I’ve been selling Marlboro (and a few Camel) items in the past and the jackets have done really well. You’re right on point with that mantra: Ugly DOES sell! In fact, the uglier the better and it’s no surprise that the denim shirt sold for that price. Awesome find and thanks for great post!

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      I want to make a really ugly t-shirt that says this. I hope my wife didn’t pick me because of the ugly factor! ๐Ÿ˜›

  4. Okay, so I smoked on and off in my early 20’s and I remember collecting those Marlboro Miles. I smoked the menthol ultra lights and hubby the regulars. I think I still have the Marlboro duffel bag I got with them somewhere in my attic. LOL

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  6. Have tons of the stuff, everything from camping cookware to dartboard to duffel bags. Some never used; some (like the t-shirts) I have worn out or am still wearing, holes and all. It is sad to look back and think of how much I smoked to get all this stuff. Glad I don’t anymore. Even if there was a market for it, I would not know how to go about selling it, or finding out what the market value of it is.

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      Best way to start looking is to go into eBay and look at completed listings. There’s a ton of useful market research right at your fingertips! If I can do sell on eBay, I’m sure anyone else can too.

  7. I’m looking Marlboro jacket that’s three pieces Marlboro mile collection

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      Thanks for stopping by! I’m not sure if you’re looking for one of those jackets that the Marlboro man wears or something specific from the Miles catalog. Here's a link to those jackets.

  8. I have over a thousands of the malbro box things are they still worth anything

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      I’m not sure if you can still get anything. I’d contact Marlboro customer service as it looks like they do still have some promotions now and again.

  9. My parents owned a popular bar in the 90s and it was my job to clean up. I saved up Marlboro miles and Camel cash from the empty packs thrown down. I have 2 or 3 of almost everything that was offered. All still brand new and in the original packaging. Zippos, ashtrays, clocks, knives, pool cues, duffle bags, sleeping bags, coats and shirts never worn…etc. I’m thinking about selling it all now lol…all thanks to your website ๐Ÿ™‚

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      That’s awesome! You can make a lot of money on some of those things, ESPECIALLY since they’re new. Great job saving all of the stuff!

  10. I use to save the miles years ago. I remember picking up the packages people would throw away and getting the points off of them. I had t-shirts, lighters, travel bags, hoodies, and Blue jean Jackets. I still have a blue jean jacket it is old but i still love it. Glad i don’t smoke anymore.

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