I’m not sure if this is an obsession of the day or just an obsession I was obsessed with for a couple years, brought my family down with me, quickly forgot about it, and then randomly remembered today. Either way, you get a post on Pepsi Stuff.
Pepsi Stuff was a loyalty program that Pepsi started in 1996. Customers collected Pepsi Points from different Pepsi products (I liked the 12- and 24-packs best and would immediately rip through the boxes to cut out the points as soon as the groceries were in the house), consulted a paper catalog (it was the 90s, remember?), and sent away for Pepsi-themed merchandise. Like Kool-Aid points on a much larger scale.
I feel it’s important to point out that this was back when Pepsi cans were white with the blue and red logo, none of this blue can stuff. The marketing was genius and Pepsi was soon using millions of people as walking advertisements for their brand.
Pepsi did eventually partner with Yahoo in 2000 (which was the last time Yahoo was relevant) so people could order things online. Ah, early web design.
I coveted my Pepsi Stuff catalog and would thumb through it constantly, daydreaming about the Pepsi branded crap that I didn’t need but would soon drink my 13-year-old self to diabetes in order to obtain anyway. I got my parents in on it and we sent away for the free items—I’d had my eye on Pepsi dog tags for months and my mom got a Pepsi baseball jersey. I’m sure my dad picked up a few things, too.
I’m not sure what happened to my Pepsi dog tags. They sort of looked like this, except mine had two on the chain, and this is some random one from 2001. I loved these things and wore them constantly because I didn’t know any better.
I assumed the Pepsi Stuff promotion ended in the 90s, because I seemed to stop being obsessed with it by the following year, but it was still around up until the very end of 2008.
Did you have any Pepsi Stuff? What were you saving up for? Leave us a comment!