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  1. d4k23

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    So I have had the Bronze VIP perk at SP for awhile now, and with my last order of Red Flake I noticed I have graduated to Silver!

    I'm not sure this is a proud thing, it just means that PAD and TAD have taken over in this new hobby and I may have lost control... I told the Mrs. that this is it for a long while, but what does it take to get to Gold?? Anybody know? Maybe buy a Doctor Pipe, or a Grechukhin?

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    I'm a Silver VIP... but I still have to take out the trash.

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    I “think” I have bought A LOT of ‘baccy from SPC. BUT, even with the last purchase of Red Flake, I am still a Bronze member. Maybe someday I’ll pop, and make it to Silver. Lol

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    What are the perks?

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    One of the perks is 5% off of pipes all the time. That one has been killer for me this year lol. I've swapped out about 20 pipes to add about 10 better ones due to this discount.

    They also give you email updates of discounts and such before others. There has also been a few times where they offered 15% off estate pipes for only silver and above members or 20% of bulk blends for said members. I wanna say I've gotten some notices about new C&D blends through my account email before they announced it officially on the site/social media.

    "The thinking man always smokes a Peterson." -Peterson of Dublin
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    Is there a “gold” membership?

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    So I have had the Bronze VIP perk at SP for awhile now, and with my last order of Red Flake I noticed I have graduated to Silver!

    Have you been an SPC customer for five years?

    Damnation seize my soul if I give you quarters, or take any from you.
    -Edward Teach
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    Nope, not 5 years. I ordered my first pipe from them and first tobacco tin a little over a year ago (October last year). But since I have spent quite a bit on pipes and tobacco, I have a feeling I elevated quick.

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    I feel that these designations are merely for SP' benefit. Did you notice 6-12 months ago that when you logged in you were greeted by name with your designation? I thought the perks meager and complained and they took this greeting down. I await with dread software that will analyze past purchases and tailor your path through the site accordingly.

    I despise the manipulation ion the relentless pursuit of money.

    On the other hand I adored the site and doing business with them. So there's that, too;).

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    I have a Diamond membership at the Platinum Club.....oh wait, that's a strip joint in Vegas.

    Ubi Ignis Est?
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    but I still have to take out the trash

    Haha, I heard when you reach Gold Sykes will come to your house and light your tobacco for you!

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    I had read about someone getting upgraded to gold so it does happen. I got upgraded to silver a while back and I'm sure I've spent at least $500 since then with them and I'm still silver. Honestly not looking forward to gold status as it may convince me to spend even more of my money! Not to mention assuring me of how bad my PAD and TAD are.

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    I hit silver when news of McClelland hit

    "It is quite a three pipe problem..."
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    Bummer, just checked and Im still bronze. Guess I need to remedy that!

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    Started buying from them in January, have VIP Silver Status. Got a couple of badges also. Does all this get you anything? How about some freebies or advanced notice on rare blends?

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    have VIP Silver Status. Got a couple of badges also.

    Same. I have a few silver and gold badges. You get pipe discounts and occasional advance notice of new inventory. Mine popped up on Halloween last year.

    http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/so-im-an-spc-vip

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    Current Silver discounts.

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    Duane, come spring you might qualify for a free planter (Dunhill).

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    Pity they're not real Dunhills any more. They need to occasionally offer good pipes at 15% off.

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    When I got my best designation I didn't find the pipes discounted worth the money. Doesn't cost them anything to give me designation. They're playing cat and mouse with the rules to get more money. It's transparent.

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    I've been a silver member for quite sometime and afraid my cellar will be long complete before the mythical gold status would arrive.

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    When I got my best designation I didn't find the pipes discounted worth the money. Doesn't cost them anything to give me designation. They're playing cat and mouse with the rules to get more money. It's transparent.

    I agree. I achieved silver status purely through buying tobacco. I haven't seen any benefit to the status to date but I'll also keep buying from them regardless.

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    My search engine won't open SP these days, but I commend them for their great pipe sales. Bought a new Ser Jacopo blast Dublin on sale with them, at a price I'll never see again, and enjoy it greatly.

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    I have been silver for a while. I think the only gold member I know is peck. I would order from them with or without the badges.

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    Have you been an SPC customer for five years?

    If not five years pretty close. Is there a way to tell or find out?

    Thanks

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    but what does it take to get to Gold?? Anybody know? Maybe buy a Doctor Pipe, or a Grechukhin?

    Congrats. I have the Gold, but I am not sure what the thresholds were to get there. I have bought a Doctor and a Grechukin or two there though, so now you have me wondering, lol.

    If not five years pretty close. Is there a way to tell or find out?

    Yes, check your badges. You will have an "Old Friend" badge if you have done business for more than 5 years. There may be a different one at 10 years, but I haven't reached 10 years yet.

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    Just checked and I am “Mithril” status!

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    Just checked and I am “Mithril” status!

    Awesome. Cigrmaster has a Smaug badge.

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    I await with dread software that will analyze past purchases and tailor your path through the site accordingly.
    Wait no longer.

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    By the way, the only benefit of Gold status is that you get advance notice of the availability of all grape-flavoured tobacco. I have been stocking up on Captain Bob's Blend and Captain Black Grape like a rat hitting the feeding button.

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    Forgot about the VIP Rust status. That comes after Gold. I have only heard about it but was not aware someone had actually hit that level. Woodsroad, you must be proud. What are the perks?

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    peck, Smaug is my role model.

    My old friend badge says I have done business with them for over 5 years. My order history only goes back to 2012. I have been doing business with them far longer than that.

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    someone dug into this awhile ago I think and the answer was that Silver was something like ~$2k spent in a year, and it expires after the year is up. I believe someone had called and asked what the threshold was for gold and the answer was essentially "lol, if you have to ask..."

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    Actually I think I must be wrong about that, looking at my recent orders with them I've not ordered all that much this year and I'm still silver.

    I have been doing business more than 10 years though.

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    I think I am platinum with Pipes&Cigars by now.

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    what the threshold was for gold and the answer was essentially "lol, if you have to ask..."

    To get Gold you have to attend the annual secret society dungeon party and know the secret handshake.

    I am proud of my Gold status as a UPS Freeloader.

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    Pity they're not real Dunhills any more. They need to occasionally offer good pipes at 15% off.

    I've been meaning to ask someone at SP if I can have that 15% discount for Dunhills transferred somehow, cause I'm only collecting Petersons and American artisans, so a discount on Dunhill pipes isn't really a perk for me.

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    2K sounds about right....a little embarrassed, but since this is for my future, and it'll never be cheaper, I can justify.

    And I'm done buying for a while, so we'll see if my silver status sticks for a while or if I get demoted after a year.

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    Forgot about the VIP Rust status. That comes after Gold. I have only heard about it but was not aware someone had actually hit that level. Woodsroad, you must be proud. What are the perks?

    Officially, it's called the Iron Oxide level, but for the layperson, we just say "rust". Easier for them to understand.

    The perks? None really, just everything that I'm entitled to, like cruises on the Smokingpipes yacht, substantial discounts on the Presidential Suite of the Hotel Du SmokingPipes in Paris, and of course summers at the SmokingPipes Lodge with the family:

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    You have a lovely family Dan. Is your left leg ok? Just wondering.

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    No, I lost my leg in a tragic retort accident.

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    I lost my leg in a tragic retort accident.

    LMAO. Was it during the epic retort battle with @saltedplug in 2017?

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    I have very little recall of the incident. I woke up in a puddle of brown fluid with a box of chocolates and bouquet of roses by my side. I'm assuming it was the retort.

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    Now this is a lively thread!

    the only benefit of Gold status is that you get advance notice of the availability of all grape-flavoured tobacco.

    Peck, hitting on grape-flavored tobacco is as good as Mixture 79. Better as more absurd.

    Smaug is my role model.

    cigrmaster, acknowledging the fire in one's nature is good as then you know when to cease scorching or lay the sucker down in flame.

    UPS Freeloader

    npod, yes, yes, a sublime distinction!

    woodsroad, three guys and four women, only two of whom are smoking. Hardly seems fair that one is left out, though she is probably of the Mongolian sister/spinsterhood. And what's up with these unions only making two children? The boy on the left seems to be suffering from acute who's-its. Reminds me of my Uncle who came of of his Appalachian upbringing a perverted, raging alcoholic.

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    Who is the sinister dude, cast heavily in shadow, at the back of the shot at the SmokingPipes Lodge? Is that Sykes?

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    And what's up with these unions only making two children?
    There are many, many more, but they were all off for the day playing in the SmokingPipes salt mines.
    Who is the sinister dude, cast heavily in shadow, at the back of the shot at the SmokingPipes Lodge? Is that Sykes?
    You mean Mr. Wilford, the innkeeper? He's such a nice guy. Even manages my Social Security and annuity checks for me.

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    Dan, judging by your spindly little leg in that shot, is it safe to assume that the buffet at the Smokingpipes Lodge is pretty awful?

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    This all makes sense now. Looks like Brian Levine is the cook at the Lodge. No wonder Dan is emaciated.

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    Funny, though. I did have both legs when I arrived there.

    Anyways.

    Don't disparage Mr. Levine's culinary skills. His Leg of Lamb was wonderful, though a bit fatty for my taste. They must grow 'em big out at the Lodge.

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    Woot! I got Silver Today!

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    I have been gold since they started doing this, and Sykes hasn't even sent me a text yet, much less called.

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    Not even a reach around, Stan?

    https://youtu.be/8wRHcfF1Sqs

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    Must be some sort of threshold of insanity. I started smoking pipes in June 2018. I was awarded Silver Status about 1.5 months ago. This may give you some idea of my level of PipeMentia. BTW, the most expensive pipes I own I bought from SPC (Radice Rind Pure Faux Bamboo and Radice Morta Bent Billiard). I do have more tobacco than sense in my cellar; I can often be found lurking about where the smell of dark leaf is wafting thru the air, whispering to other denizens of such places, "Hey buddy....can ya help a feller out with a little Penzance?...."

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    Gold status is obtained when you spend $5k in a month period.
    A Jess Chonowitz will get you there.

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    Above message should have said "12 month period" .... Fat fingers, small phone, lack of proofing message before send syndrome....

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