Collecting AOL Disks

from the scary dept

There is a growing hobby for people who definitely have too much free time on their hands: they are collecting those free AOL disks that have been sent all over the world. The Wired article talks to a few of the collectors, and they sound pretty obsessive about this scary little hobby. At least they're not spending too much money on it. Mostly they can find the disks for free (though, occasionally some of them resort to eBay for the really rare ones). When someone comes out with a book discussing the value of the various AOL disks will be the point at which it has officially gone too far.

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  1. identicon
    Tom, Dec 4th, 2002 @ 7:46am

    AOL CD Collecting / AOL Tin Collecting


    I am an AOL CD and Tin Collector. If you have any AOL CDs to sell, please contact me as I would be willing to buy them from you.

    I really look for CDs that are still sealed and Tins in shrinkwrap, but all are considered - so if you have any laying around or pick up, please drop me a note.

    Many thanks,

    AOL CDs UK

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    AMetamorphosis, Mar 12th, 2004 @ 12:14pm

    Re: AOL CD Collecting / AOL Tin Collecting

    I've been collecting them for years.
    I think collecting them is stupid as hell, but there seems to be a market for it ( check e bay ) and I figure that if I just keep throwing them in that big old box in the basement, eventually I can unload a bunch of them for enough money to have the other 300 million hauled outta my basement.

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    Collin Hickerson, Oct 26th, 2004 @ 8:38pm

    Re: AOL CD Collecting / AOL Tin Collecting

    Those are the exact words of comic book buyers 30 years ago.

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    Jack, May 12th, 2006 @ 8:03am

    Why Collect

    OK, I have 140,000 or so in my collection and have sold over $21,000 worth to collectors in the last 3 years. And if they take off as collectors items one day I, like several others that have been collection will have a small fortune!!!! But If you have any old AOL 5.25 Floppy’s let me know, I will buy them from you. Happy AOL hunting!!1

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    john william tandy, May 20th, 2006 @ 11:30am

    collecting aol / other internet isp disks

    the birth of the internet is as massive as the birth of the postal service ......the free promo internet disk shadowed this event and even now is coming to an end .... only the occassional disk now turns up in a superstore........... how narrow minded most people are not to realise the similarity between these disks and the postage stamp ...................................

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    John Steidley, Jul 15th, 2013 @ 5:27pm

    Re: Re: AOL CD Collecting / AOL Tin Collecting

    I have a sea chest full of mostly unopened PROMO CD's that were mailed out in the early 90's. Many of them are AOL,but there are other varieties as well,including EarthLink,Vonage.

    If you have an interest in my collection,please email me at

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    John Gough, Oct 22nd, 2013 @ 6:39am

    AOL CD's

    I have about four file boxes full of CDs in the cans/packs etc.
    I stopped collecting about 4 years ago.
    I'm looking to unload them...any offers?

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  8. identicon
    Jonathan Neal, Feb 11th, 2014 @ 12:34pm

    ISP CD's

    I have a boot box full of various ISP CD's including any AOL. Let me know if anyone is interested.

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