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10 Failed Products - Do you remember them?
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My son's new phrase is "Epic Fail!" and the other day...this really got me thinking. My epic fails cost practically nothing but for corporate giants....epic fails cost millions. This could be why we are seeing so many "copy-cat" products these days unlike the fantastic 80's. the 80's were filled with big hair, bright colors, innovation, and failed products. Even the 90's had its fair share of items that are the butt of jokes...now its like there are no original ideas left. Here are 10 that I can't seem to forget...how many do you remember?
Here they are...in no particular order...
EPIC FAIL #1 - New COKE - In 1985, the Coca-Cola company decided that the may need to alter their famous recipe to rival and dominate their biggest competitor - Pepsi. Traditional Coca Cola fans fought back and protested forcing Coca-Cola to abandon their new idea bringing about the death of New Coke.
EPIC FAIL #2 - The Burple - I remember begging my mom for these silly things. They were expandable and collapsible containers that were filled with a kool aid like substance. You could even turn these guys into sweet squirt guns! Did they fail? Not sure I can't find out what happened to them. Do you know?!?
EPIC FAIL #3 - McPizza - Even giants like McDonalds make mistakes every once in a while. I loved the Pizza and my family went in all of the time for the pizza. I can even sing the stinking commercial! Imagine the cost that they endured to implement their plan for pizza domination...ovens, pizza racks, seasonings, development, etc. It didn't last very long at all BUT I hear that there were some hold out franchisees that still make McPizza. Wait a minute....how did it fit out of the drive thru window...Oh wait, it didn't!
EPIC FAIL #4 - Crystal Pepsi - This sweet little gem lasted only 1 year. From 1992- 1993 you could pick up a healthier option to your traditional "brown" pepsi. Crystal pepsi was introduced as a better alternative as it was caffeine free and lighter. Coke followed suit and launched tab clear. Despite Crystal Pepsi's huge take off, both products were short lived. There was even a spin off drink that failed too. There were (and still are) online petitions begging for the return and pepsi even attempted the rebirth as "Pepsi clear" and "Diet pepsi clear" but so far--no successful revival has happened. RIP Crystal Pepsi, pepsi clear, and whatever other pepsi products void of color you attempt.
EPIC FAIL #5 - Bud Light Lime - Maybe this isn't a fail as it is still being sold but it certainly as created a love/hate relationship between fans of Budweiser. This ultra lime-y beer has thousands of "I hate bud light lime" themed websites and facebook pages yet still sells. You remember the saying about bad press..totally applies here. Even the Bud-a-rita is still around!
EPIC FAIL #6 - The USFL (United States Footbal League) this was launched in 1982 trough an effort involving Donald trump. Despite difficulties in the planning, the USFL made it out of the first season and added teams. In 1984, Donald trump urged the league to do battle with the NFL by switching up the season and going head to head with the giant. Bad move....the league ended in 1985 and costs almost 200 million in losses.
EPIC FAIL #7 - Windows vista - for many of us...enough said. Launched by Microsoft in 2007 this evil operating system was basically unusable causing many to purchase different versions of windows or even to revert to older more stable versions. Microsoft did what they do best...and came out with another product making the failure time very short lived.
EPIC FAIL #8 - The Lazer disc - do you remember..before DVDs when large shiny discs the size of records were all the rage? First introduced in 1978, these offered a better picture and more "extras" like our DVDs have now that the VHS tapes couldn't touch. Right idea...wrong design. These dinosaurs were taken out by the smaller- more compact - DVD.
EPIC FAIL #9 - Dumbell Utensils - These are legit. The creator was tired of his failed dieting so designed these 1.5 pound utensils to make each bite a little bit more difficult. These may still be available at $19.95 per set but never caught on mainstream. The inventor says that they did help him to lose weight BUT he doesn't know how much...he doesn't have a scale...C'mon.
EPIC FAIL #10 - The DeLorean - Yes....fans of Michael J Fox will remember this as the time machine from the movie trilogy "Back to the Future". These went into production in 1981 and only 1 model was produced before production came to a stop in 1982. It is said that about 9,000 DeLoreans were sold in that time frame. BUT WAIT...They are back....well, kinda. A businessman acquired the logo and rights and is now selling these gems both used and custom! You can check them out at www.delorean.com!
So that's my list. There were other notables like bottled pet water, bic underwear, Colgate meals, etc BUT i went for a mix of oldies, new items, and the ones that I miss the most. How many of these do you remember? What is your favorite...here then gone item? Please reflect, remember the good times, and share the love! They may be gone from the store selves....but they are always in our hearts.