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    Olestra-This was supposed to be the miracle fat substitute. It had a decent taste to it and didn't make food taste like hot crap but it had one major flaw; it turned one's doo-doo into liquid doo-doo and caused anal leakage. At least that was on the warning label. Apparently, it didn't turn into a problem but with this kind of warning, who's willing to take the chance.

    New Coke-Word of warning: Never screw with a classic. I was an advertising major in college for a bit and remember this was a hot topic discussing what exactly not to do with a classic product. The motivation behind this from Coke was that Coke pretty much blisters the entire softdrink market except one: Supermarket sales. Yep, believe it or not, Coke had the market pretty much cornered on vending machines, fountain dispensers, restaurants, etc but were #2 in supermarket sales behind Pepsico and simply could not let it go so they threw away an over 100 year old successful formula in some cockamamie scheme to overtake Pepsi in supermarket sales. Needless to say, it failed miserably. Before long, Coke Classic started to sneak back and eventually "New" Coke was scuttled.
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    Betamax

    VHS tapes were smaller and easier to store. It survived as a porn venue for a while, but just couldn't compete.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    Betamax

    VHS tapes were smaller and easier to store. It survived as a porn venue for a while, but just couldn't compete.
    Excellent one. Beta, though, were the smaller of the 2 and from what I understand had better quality video, was supposed to streamline the video industry but it was poorly marketed. If you've ever read about how and why Betamax failed but should have succeeded, it was almost identical to why Blockbuster went belly up. Sony had offered JVC a partnership in Beta's development but JVC balked and Sony tried on it's own and while they developed a better product, didn't market it well enough to make a dent. Sony, however, got sweet revenge on JVC by developing the Blu-Ray DVD and after a minor war with Toshiba's HD-DVD format(I own Toshiba's HD-DVD player but stupidly sold off my discs) ended up cornering the market on Blu-Ray and now even Toshiba manufactures Blu-Ray players.

    Oh, and to a lesser degree, video discs were supposed to change the world and while their quality was tip top, they were clunky and for some reason the film inside the discs would deteriorate. Eventually they faded but shortly after the DVD was born. And here is the comparison of the size of Beta to VHS:

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    How about this one:

    The Concorde-Strange bringing up something that was around for 30 years but the Concorde and SST travel was supposed to revolutionize air travel but all it did was create another mode of transportation for the super wealthy. They were expensive to build, really expensive to maintain, and extremely costly to fly. The price per ticket was equal to the price of a first class subsonic flight. Also, while it was a neat concept to travel faster than the speed of sound, the planes were relatively uncomfortable to fly in. Sadly, it took a disaster to ultimately kill the franchise.
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    The DeLorean... was the first family-oriented 'European' sportscar. The gullwing-doors opened straight up and you just climbed right in. Except for the silly fact that 95% of residential garages weren't roomy enough to allow the doors to open.

    Since 1975, the Company has survived on miniscule sales due to zero Irish taxes and because the car achieved some popularity in the Back To The Future films.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    Olestra-This was supposed to be the miracle fat substitute. It had a decent taste to it and didn't make food taste like hot crap but it had one major flaw; it turned one's doo-doo into liquid doo-doo and caused anal leakage. At least that was on the warning label. Apparently, it didn't turn into a problem but with this kind of warning, who's willing to take the chance.

    New Coke-Word of warning: Never screw with a classic. I was an advertising major in college for a bit and remember this was a hot topic discussing what exactly not to do with a classic product. The motivation behind this from Coke was that Coke pretty much blisters the entire softdrink market except one: Supermarket sales. Yep, believe it or not, Coke had the market pretty much cornered on vending machines, fountain dispensers, restaurants, etc but were #2 in supermarket sales behind Pepsico and simply could not let it go so they threw away an over 100 year old successful formula in some cockamamie scheme to overtake Pepsi in supermarket sales. Needless to say, it failed miserably. Before long, Coke Classic started to sneak back and eventually "New" Coke was scuttled.

    Both were huge disasters. I remember all of the "Pepsi Challenges" during that same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    Olestra- it turned one's doo-doo into liquid doo-doo and caused anal leakage. At least that was on the warning label. Apparently, it didn't turn into a problem but with this kind of warning, who's willing to take the chance.
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