Sometime in the late summer of 2000 I mailed in my Marlboro Miles and $40 for "shipping costs" with about two months to spare untill the September deadline. This was done sometime back in August. Here it is Dec. 20, four months later and of course there is no sign of any package. This makes me extremely upset not only because I exchanged years of my life for some cheesy a*s Marlboro (advertisement) gear, but because of the amount of money I had to spend to do it.
I paid $5.00 for a padded envelope to send the miles in, plus $11.00 to ship the miles certified next day air so they would get there withot question. Included in the envelope was a check for $40.00 to cover the cost of shipping which according to my bank,was cashed. Alltogether, it cost me $56.00 (plus my heart, lungs and soul) to be ripped off by Marlboro.
I wrote a letter directly to the company complaining about my order but I never received any correspondence letter. I included in my letter a copy of the cashed check as well as the receipt from the post office showing that the miles were received by the company. I am also going to file a complaint to the Better Business Bureau and have them investigate this further.
Why do billion dollar industries like Phillip Morris a.k.a. Marlboro still victimize their consumers with these marketing scams after all of the money they swindle us out of annually. I guess the real question is Why do we allow them to keep getting away with these kind of games? Are we all to brainwashed, addicted, and apathetic to Boycott brands like Marlboro? It is obvious that in the end of the Tobacco Industry's evil reign of powerful corruption, it is obvious that we (the smokers) will be losers of the war for our health and well-being, but can't we at least get our Marlboro Gear consilation prizes in a fair manner?