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The Internet Tool Box

Vintageness! Had to laugh as I ran into this at a garage sale over the weekend. From about 1996/7/8/9, one of the most classic mail-order scams of all time, The Internet Tool Box: All The Tools You Need To Master The Internet!

internet tool box

Get your hands on this baby and you would have had everything you needed to pick the low-hanging fruit, put that 800-pound gorilla in a headlock, and knock it out of the park. SLAM DUNK!

Those with clearer memories may remember the commercials on cable. Jam-packed with all the stepping stones necessary for instant hi-tech success, The Internet Tool Chest was your one-stop turnkey solution for internet connection software, step-by-step instructions, a (VHS!) video of The Internet Professor (LOL) with accompanying booklet, probably some animated horizontal rules, maybe a colored rubberband background, and perhaps even a few blink tags.

This relic is straight out thee ol’ pre-Y2K tech gold rush. Before Facebook, before Twitter, before smart phones, before blogs, before Google, before The Matrix, before the dotcom crash. Love it.

internet tool box

internet tool box

From the back of the box, some interesting and perhaps laughable predictions. How have they held up?:

  • The number of visitors to shopping Web sites has increased by almost 55 percent in the past year, according to Web traffic tracker Media Matrix.
  • The Yankee Group in Boston estimates by the year 2000, consumers will account for $10 billion in e-commerce sales.
  • Forrester Research estimates show that the overall Internet economy will approach $200 billion in 2000, up from $15 billion today.
  • According to Price Waterhouse, the value of consumer purchases via the Internet is expected to increase nearly 1,800 percent between 1997 and 2002, from $5 billion to $94 billion.
  • Jupiter communication expects the number of U.S. households on-line to rise from 14.7 million in 1996 to 36 million by the year 2000.
  • Nua’s study, “How Many Online,” finds there are now almost 113 million people online worldwide with 62 million of these online in the United States.

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