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brewerpaul

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There was a fun article this morning in the Washington Post about the Museum Of Failure in Sweden. This museum is devoted to marketing ideas that bombed badly eg Harley Davidson Aftershave and Colgate Frozen Lasagna.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/04/21/harley-davidson-perfume-museum-of-failure-celebrates-legendary-product-flops/?hpid=hp_rhp-morning-mix_mm-museum%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.d1fd721f63f3#comments

It reminded me of a recent product which I predict will be a candidate for the Museum Of Failure-- Juicero, the $400 WiFi juicer:

http://www.theverge.com/2017/4/19/15357340/juicero-juicer-not-actually-necessary-for-juicing

Any other nominees? They could be existing products, or ones in development but I'd like them to be real.

Note, the article lists one item that could get this thread locked for political content. Please don't go there!

figmo59

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Well...



All i know is that,..i am ah fine...Crapsman...



I can build most annah piece of ...junk...


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Crusty

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TOMCAT

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Uh.....My music career 😞

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5B-Ranch

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I always thought the Thigh master was a bust(pun?)but they are still for sell.

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pandjlockePlayers Union Member

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daytripper

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RonR

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I think they did good with the Thigh Master. The Butt master was a flop.

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mike gregory

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Never HAD any.

Don't know if it's still being sold.

Anyway, the only thing I remember is Kevin Nealon on Saturday Night Live, doing a one-liner phony commercial, where he held up a bottle and said something like

"Zima.... it tastes like Zitt!"


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JMalmsteen

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Shake weight.

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Owen

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Cooperall hockey pants... although I feel the final word might not be in yet.

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bubbalouie

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The Queasy Bake Cookerator. They only lasted for a while because back then cooking was for girls!

http://www.samstoybox.com/toys/QueasyBake.html

Even though the Blend- A- Booger drink & the Dip & drool dog bones sound pretty good!

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brewerpaul

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quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory
 


Never HAD any.

Don't know if it's still being sold.

 


It's not STILL being sold, but apparently it's coming back, for some reason:

http://www.bizjournals.com/chicago/news/2017/02/17/millercoors-is-bringing-zima-back-to-the-us.html

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Rawhide CreekPlayers Union Member

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Sony Betamax.



   
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Brian T

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Solar powered flashlights?

Comb the archives of the "Darwin Awards."   One-of-a-kind, one-hit-wonders.

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AndrewD

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quote:
Originally posted by daytripper
 


Americans actually bought Dasani and it wasn't a flop in its home country. I think it's still on sale. Brits though the idea of buying bottled tap water from a London suburb at a premium price ridiculous and it was laughed off the shelves.

 

Just done some Googling. The fact that Coca-Cola apparently advertised it as "bottled spunk" can't have helped


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bubbalouie

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Lawn Darts! Boink! Right in the head!

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daytripper

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quote:
Originally posted by AndrewD
 
quote:
Originally posted by daytripper
 


Americans actually bought Dasani and it wasn't a flop in its home country. I think it's still on sale. Brits though the idea of buying bottled tap water from a London suburb at a premium price ridiculous and it was laughed off the shelves.

 

Just done some Googling. The fact that Coca-Cola apparently advertised it as "bottled spunk" can't have helped


Yeah, I know - but the fact it is so big in the US  and was such an epic failure across the pond tickles me. Peckham Spring, anyone?


Edited by - daytripper on 04/21/2017 22:22:52

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Mooooo

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Japanese developed a fake meat made of poo, funny thing is they say it tastes great, but the hardest thing will be to convince people to eat __it. True story.

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Mooooo

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quote:
Originally posted by AndrewD
 
quote:
Originally posted by daytripper
 


Americans actually bought Dasani and it wasn't a flop in its home country. I think it's still on sale. Brits though the idea of buying bottled tap water from a London suburb at a premium price ridiculous and it was laughed off the shelves.

 

Just done some Googling. The fact that Coca-Cola apparently advertised it as "bottled spunk" can't have helped


It costs the same as any domestic bottled water here. Also, it's sold by the Coca Cola company, you can't get any more prestigious than that! Seriously, it's just purified water, they all are, and if you don't believe that, I have a bridge to sell you. 

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bikebum

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quote:
Originally posted by Mooooo
 

Japanese developed a fake meat made of poo, funny thing is they say it tastes great, but the hardest thing will be to convince people to eat __it. True story.


Uhh ..  Moooo Poo ?

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brewerpaul

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quote:
Originally posted by bikebum
 
quote:
Originally posted by Mooooo
 

Japanese developed a fake meat made of poo, funny thing is they say it tastes great, but the hardest thing will be to convince people to eat __it. True story.


Uhh ..  Moooo Poo ?


You could use it for Chinese cooking-- Moo Poo Gai Pan

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eagleisland

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quote:
Originally posted by Rawhide Creek
 

Sony Betamax.


Well, that depends on how you measure things.

The Betamax was initially very successful in the consumer market. But JVC more or less simultaneously came up with the VHS format.

The Beta format was clearly better - richer colors, more image-stable - it was a superior product all the way around. But almost identically to what later occurred between Apple and Microsoft, Sony insisted that if consumers wanted the better product they'd need to purchase it on Sony equipment. It did license the format to a handful of other companies, but those were extremely limited in numbers.

JVC, on the other hand, licensed the VHS format to any manufacturer willing to pay for it. As a result, competitive forces took over and the result was a wide variety of different brands of VHS decks, at far lower price points than the Betamax. JVC made decks but likely made more money on the licensing than their hardware. Consumers had access to much cheaper, if lower quality, video equipment with VHS; most didn't care enough about the superiority of Sony's product to justify paying more for it.

The Beta format continued to be successful; it became the standard or broadcast and cable television, and Sony gear remains so to this day (though it's now entirely digital, as is everything else).


Edited by - eagleisland on 04/22/2017 06:11:14

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Brian T

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The Kodak Retina Reflex camera.  35mm SLR and Into the marketplace incompatible with the lens mounts (ring or bayonet) of all other companies.  Very small range of lenses.

I think that there was a social sense that the Big Yellow Mother should stick to it's tradition of films, papers and chemistries.

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Crusty

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And "New Coke" was actually a huge success, since it was in part a cleverly conceived scheme to boost sales of "Classic" Coca-Cola, which it did much more than was likely ever imagined as people bought stockpiles thinking that it would soon be scarce.

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Crusty

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The funniest though was GM's multi-year push to promote the Nova model in Mexico, before one of the GM dimwits finally figured out that "no va" in Spanish means "not go".

I'm still laughing Andrew over that "bottled spunk" comment.

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