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Thread: Are 5.25" floppies rare?

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    Default Are 5.25" floppies rare?

    My dad (70+) has for a number of years followed various computing classes for senior citizens. The teachers have varied in skill and ability to teach. Since last fall, they have what sounds like a self-proclaimed besserwisser, telling the "students" all kinds of own solutions how to do common things in Windows, often claiming it is The Way to do it. He also adds a bit of historic computer wisdom to his speeches, relayed through my dad in a way that I feel is completely insane. More than once I have expressed my desire in go talking to that lecturer about what he knows and what he "knows".

    Lately, my dad asked me if I have any of these big floppy disks? Not those small ones with a metal shield, but the big, soft ones. He means 5.25". The teacher has told his students that those disks are VERY RARE these days and worth a lot of money. Well yes, you can not buy them in a store and there are no new computers built today that features a 5.25" drive if it is not a vintage computing geek who builds himself a new PC. But still.

    I told my dad that I have at least 50-70 disks (I don't have a big collection) and that I happen to know someone who has shelves full of still shrink-wrapped floppies, both SSDD and DSHD (unfortunately not so many DSDD, neither 48 nor 96 tpi). I suppose one could sell one or two boxes of 100 each for a good sum of money, but not to the extent that collectors will flock like wasps to sweet lemonade.

    I saw that Athana sells newly manufactured 5.25" floppies starting at $8 for a pack of ten. If I can offer the teacher true, RARE (over 20 year old!) vintage floppies for $20 per box, maybe that is a good price?
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    That's crazy. Maybe you should exploit his stupidity

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    Maybe they were talking about 8" disks, and those are probably worth $20 a box.

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    Athana makes 8" floppies also, not so rare really.

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    I'd be willing to bet that this computer teacher never has heard of 8" floppy disks. I have barely seen them in real life.
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    Post Sell Sell Sell!!!

    If I where you, I would rip off the teacher, selling the floppies at $25 a box. after selling 10 or so boxes, I would move out of town...
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    I saw some 8" disks many years ago (early 90s). A box of 10 was nearly $100! I didn't really have any use for them so I didn't get them, though the size of the box was large! :-D

    What I do have is 3" Discs (yes they call them Discs instead of Disks) for my Amstrad, though I've got 5.25" for it as well (perhaps more since my first IBM used DSDD 5.25" disks). Depending on where you from though a box of 10 (new) 3" Discs in Oz was around the $100 mark as opposed to the UK (where they fall out of trees - figure of speech) at about a Quarter of the price for as many discs - they were ex-Software though, still they were in quite good nick and if you were lucky - there was some software on some of them! :-D

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    Damn, I feel old.

    When I started fixing computers, 8" floppies were the only game in town. I still have several boxes of them and the amazing thing is that things like my Tandy II/12/16/16B/6K diagnostics, the Pickles and Trout CP/M and most of all the other disks I have still boot right up.
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    I must just add that I was pickin' up 5.25" disks sometime after 2000 which were still in shrink wrap. What gets me is there seems to be more 1.2Mb Disk Drives floating around than 360k Disk Drives - I've never seen a DSHD 5.25" disk - I simply have none in my collection and the bulk I would say are DSDD 5.25" Disks - I might have the odd SSSD(?) in there too.
    Based on what type of 5.25" disk there are out there would it be feasible that certain types of 5.25" disks have more value to them than other disks (based on rarity)?

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    I never touched a 8" floppy or seen one in use. When I got my first x86 PC in 1989 or 90 it used 1.2" HD disks along with 3.5" HD (286/12 Packard Bell). I still have a few ancient 5.25 HD but most of my 5.25" is DD.

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