> benstylus wrote:
>> Tony wrote:
> |>> About 20 years ago I made a couple of hundred dollars selling AOL CDs on eBay.
>> This makes me giggle. I wonder if there are rare variants that are worth more.
> They were included in tons of magazines and mass mailed to people for a long time,
>> so I'm sure there are all kinds of different ones.
> From what I understood, the ones that came in the tins were the most highly sought
> after. I don't think I ever saw it, but there was a rare one that was supposed to
> look like a box of chocolates. I first found out about AOL disk collectors from an
> ad on a site called ioffer.com. The site was supposed to be a "reverse auction" site.
> You would prepare an ad for what you were looking for, and people were supposed to
> send you an offer. The idea was that if someone offered to sell it to you for $X,
> someone else could undercut them and offer it to you for less. I saw an ad for someone
> wanting AOL disks with superheroes. It turned out they were a collector and actually
> ran a website with pictures of the various disks in various categories. After making
> the deal with this buyer, I started asking everyone I knew for the AOL disks that
> had been mailed to them and auctioning disks on eBay. A few years later, one of the
> disks I auctioned on eBay sold for $45. The buyer was the first collector I had sold
> to who said, "I didn't even know that disk existed!" I think I still have a Harry
> Potter and a Star Wars disk along with an Indiana Jones ripoff. Like Beanie Babies,
> I think the bottom fell out of this market.
Semi-related, but I was helping clean out an old town library and they had a box full of AOL tins. I ended up getting rid (tossing) most of them, and those that got accidentally kept my neighbor uses to store rolled cigarettes. Kinda wish now I had known about this.