Out of all the CDs I've bought since the 90s and still buy, only one has a scratch that makes the player skip in that spot. But I've seen how people treat their CDs so it doesn't surprise me. I've never had a CD player destroy a disc. (I have had memory cards and USB drives that stopped working)
Did you have cd boom box player in the 90s? Like this... Those chewed up and ate cds in short time. Maybe I just had a shit brand one back in day. Once I got a Sony good one in late 90s it didn't scratch disc but the early cheap ones sucked. Don't get me started on not treating disc right. Hell even my GameCube games that I'd keep in case but play constantly like Mario kart double dash are scratched to shit but still play. Disc suck. USB or cartridges are far superior.