It's not an easy task to introduce a new product to the market, even to a famous brand. Sometimes consumers aren't ready for the product, and sometimes they just can't find a use for it. And if that happens even an enormous marketing budget can't make people buy the failed product.

Here at Bored Panda, we've gathered some product fails that are notorious for being so unsuccessful that some of them even managed to drive companies out of business. From rebranding and product extension fails, such as the funny fail of Colgate lasagna, to startup companies, like Juicero, these products made people scratch their heads with confusion. And when a CEO of a famous brand trying to release the said product declares that it 'tastes like sh*t,' there's really no chance for it to gain popularity.

Scroll below to delve into the world of the biggest product flops, and design fails ever. You'll be downright outraged by some while others will leave you in tears; either way, those are some pretty epic fails.

#1

Kitchen Entrees, Colgate, 1982

Kitchen Entrees, Colgate, 1982

In 1982 Colgate came up with the weirdest brand extension idea. They decided to sell frozen dinners. This plan backfired, probably because consumers couldn't help but think that the Colgate food tasted just like their toothpaste. No company launches a product thinking that it will decrease sales of their other products, but Colgate should've seen it coming. Their toothpaste sales plummeted after the launch of the kitchen entrees line.

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Zenozenobee
Community Member
2 years ago

I wouldn't eat something that my mind relate to a toothpaste taste...

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#2

Office Assistant Clippy, Microsoft, 1990s

Office Assistant Clippy, Microsoft, 1990s

Clippy is described by some as one of the worst user interfaces ever developed. Clippy was designed to pop up whenever the software thought that the user needed help and managed to annoy quite a few people. After Microsoft acknowledged it's unpopularity they decided to remove the feature.

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Echo
Community Member
2 years ago

Y'all need to back off. Leave Clippy alone. He did the best he could with the code he was given. This was obviously a human problem. He was always there for me when I needed him.

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#3

Ez Squirt Ketchup, Heinz, 2006

Ez Squirt Ketchup, Heinz, 2006

In 2000 Heinz decided to add an unexpected twist to their ketchup to catch children's attention. They came up with Ez Squirt colored ketchup which came in three main colors: teal, green, and purple. The idea wasn't meant to last on the market. After 6 years it was discontinued.

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Joannie Goulet
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't think I've ever seen less appealing fries.

ICanSORelate
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah...the whole "appears to be drizzled with latex paint" look doesn't whet my palate either hahaha

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Night Owl
Community Member
2 years ago

6 years is longer than I thought.

Allison G.
Community Member
2 years ago

I remember this! I thought it was fun. I'm surprised it lasted that long!

Luna Lovegood
Community Member
2 years ago

It looks disgusting but probably tasted just like ketchup.

diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

but it will mess with your head

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Maci Wilcox
Community Member
2 years ago

I asked my aunt what she thought was on the fries and she said "Some sort of chocolate pudding...?" Yeah....No thanks, lol

diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

hmm - chocolate pudding - purple chocolate pudding

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Cassie
Community Member
2 years ago

Just don't get it mixed up with the Elmer's colored school glue...

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
2 years ago

This product was designed for the Artist formerly known as Prince during his Purple rein

diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

squiggle

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diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

just NO - it looks like a 5 year old covered them in squeezy paint - what was wrong with tomato ketchup coming in a tomato colour? It might look like blood but at least we know it's ketchup. - What was wrong with food companies who were trying to screw with our heads by changing colours. When i was a kid the only purple thing with a flavour was "parma violet" sweeties

diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

i like my ketchup to be tomato coloured - my brown sauce to be HP Brown, my mustard to be yellow - call me traditional

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glowworm2
Community Member
2 years ago

I remember this concept--thought it was kind of gross truthfully.

TeeMarieTisMe
Community Member
2 years ago

I used to have this as a kid, there were different colors too. (Blue, green, purple ect). While it brings back a fun sense of nostalgia I can say that it was definitely weird dipping my chicken nuggets into blue ketchup.

diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

they really were messing with our heads - red was tomato - brown was brown spicysauce - what the hell flavour was purple??

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Kerri Russ
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't think kids care what color their ketchup is... just that it taste decent. They solved a problem that didn't exist.

logical fallacy
Community Member
2 years ago

Right? As if ketchup is hard to sell to kids.

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Debbie Andersson
Community Member
2 years ago

Such a 2000 thing to do, but I'm surprised it lasted for 6 years still.

diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

gloy glue could double as tatre sauce

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Valereee
Community Member
2 years ago

UGH !

Odd1sout
Community Member
2 years ago

Willy Wonka and the French fry factory?

SBW71
Community Member
2 years ago

Why, just why??

Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
2 years ago

I feel nauseous...

person (i think)
Community Member
2 years ago

It lasted 6 _years_?!?!

Molly McCabe
Community Member
2 years ago

I need this back in my life

Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

yuk

Shari H
Community Member
2 years ago

Look up How Color Affects Taste from The Great Courses for interesting info on why this failed.

Diver Driver
Community Member
2 years ago

YUCK!!!!!

Jayce Martinez Lind
Community Member
6 months ago

It looks like someone puked on the poor fries

Jayce Martinez Lind
Community Member
6 months ago

It looks like someone vomited on those poor fries

Sarah Morgan
Community Member
1 year ago

I will think of these next time I have a craving for chips (Brit writing here) Will soon think better of it and go for a healthier option!

M3era
Community Member
2 years ago

Who thought it would be cool to pour paint over chips??

Vijay King
Community Member
2 years ago

Well you know

Space Nurd
Community Member
2 years ago

Eww...

ptm45
Community Member
2 years ago

*gag*

BooBooKitty
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah, I wouldn't want to eat that mess either. It just looks so wrong.

SplatoonSplootan
Community Member
2 years ago

Sure it looks like toothpaste on fries but it's ketchup! Honestly I want this to come back.

Kim Lorton
Community Member
2 years ago

Gag me with a spoon!

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
2 years ago

As if kids needed ketchup to be more appealing, lol.

SINisterEvo
Community Member
2 years ago

Cr*p! sorry.... I mean sh*t !

Evripidou Maria
Community Member
2 years ago

I think this would be cool for halloween. You know weird food etc

Aileen Grist
Community Member
2 years ago

Put that on your food when you want to lose weight - one look and throw it away.

Emmanuel Christian
Community Member
2 years ago

fries with used engine lubricant

Mr. Re-in-act-ment
Community Member
2 years ago

Eww that looks like paint not ketchup

Maria Campbell
Community Member
2 years ago

Colourblind people miss this product.

rola
Community Member
2 years ago

I tried this! I love ketchup and I thought it was a cool idea. But that's all it was... it tasted like ketchup but it was slightly grainy and no matter how much I looked away, I couldn't get over the color.... I used it once and tossed the rest lol

Bored Bear
Community Member
2 years ago

The name and colour combination is so wrong

.gas.
Community Member
2 years ago

Surprised it lasted six years. Kids eat/like nasty stuff, but they should have gone with brighter colours.

toldyouso
Community Member
2 years ago

it looks like a weird mix of hair dye, nail polish and slimy...

Eva Mason
Community Member
2 years ago

I remeber that! MY Friend had it at her house- I had to leave early.

C Hypercube
Community Member
2 years ago

Mmmm... fries with a side of klingon blood.

Tal Malka
Community Member
2 years ago

Six years!? that's way too much!

Josie Jones
Community Member
2 years ago

Wtf? That literally looks like paint to me. Gross!

Sandra Gushulak
Community Member
2 years ago

6 years!?! WAY too long. lol

Adam Hart-Dyke
Community Member
2 years ago

I used to love green ketchup

Joseph Toro
Community Member
2 years ago

Funky purple may have been an appropriate name. Definitely funky.

Andrea Jones
Community Member
2 years ago

ew

A. Jones
Community Member
2 years ago

I loved the green variety as a kid.

John Ashley
Community Member
2 years ago

Green would have been okay as most veggies are green, but teal and that shade of purple, no way.

MJ Beecker
Community Member
2 years ago

wtf..grimace all over my fries...heck no!

Eunice Probert
Community Member
2 years ago

I remember green ketchup. It caused horrible spots on kids' faces, in the UK. Happened to my daughter. In the end it affected so many children than Heinz had to stop making it. I don't think they ever make teal or purple ketchup in the UK, just the green.

Gryffindor Grace
Community Member
2 years ago

eugh

Petra Christovová
Community Member
2 years ago

It soes not look very tasty, more like a glue or industrial putty maybe.

Randomcthulu
Community Member
2 years ago

The purple was awful, had a chemical aftertaste, never saw the teal, but the green was great, was less sweet than the regular stuff, biggest difference was that they didn't add the coloring to make it red. Was awesome to put on scrambled eggs, completely grossed out my stepdad lol.

Heather Vance
Community Member
2 years ago

my kids loved it. It served its purpose.

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
2 years ago

(✖╭╮✖)

John Montgomery
Community Member
2 years ago

I never tried the purple, but I liked the green one. Like crystal Pepsi it was fun having something look different but taste the same.

Caroline Huot
Community Member
2 years ago

My son used to LOVE those!! But they never tasted the same as the regular one.

Ohio Hands
Community Member
2 years ago

6 years? People bought this crap for 6 whole years?

Brigitta Swart
Community Member
2 years ago

It took them 6 years to realize it was yuk?

Gerry Higgins
Community Member
2 years ago

This was aimed at children and came in a few colours. I bought some of the blue ketchup. It stained our teeth blue.

Angie Chan
Community Member
2 years ago

Yum! Copious amounts of artificial food coloring!

Nora
Community Member
2 years ago

I remember when they came out w this fashioned ketchup.. the first one I saw was green... I wouldn't touch anything drenched in it

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
2 years ago

I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

shouldnt be encouraging kids to eat chips - squirt the purple stuff in carrots and cucumber - see if they will eat it

Lynn Noyes
Community Member
2 years ago

It lasted 6 years? Why?

Cute Little Panda
Community Member
2 years ago

6 years?

Hanna Hella
Community Member
2 years ago

That looks nasty!

diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

clear pepsi - NO - black coke - NO - purple ketchup - NO - just about everything on this post NO! - and how much did they pay the guys who thought up all these ideas?

diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

Food companys need to seriously rethink their junior members - these kids are costing them billions in stupid ideas

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

How did it last 6 years???!!!

diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

glad they didnt put a pic of the green - snot chips would put me off for life

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#4

Bic For Her, 2012

Bic For Her, 2012

In 2012 Bic released a product for women they didn't even know they needed - "lady pens". These pointlessly gendered pens were mocked and failed to gain a consumer base

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Zenozenobee
Community Member
2 years ago

Because we, women, definitivly neeeeed pink pens and the pink taxe that goes with... and we can"t even say this sexist stuff happened in 1960's

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#5

Frito-Lay Wow! Chips, 1998

Frito-Lay Wow! Chips, 1998

In 1998 Frito-Lay introduced new fat-free potato chips. People got caught up in the hype of this "miracle food" and within the first year sales reached $400 million. Sales plummeted soon after, however, when it was revealed that the chips contain Olestra, a fat substitute that causes abdominal cramping and loose stools.

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JP
Community Member
2 years ago

It wasn't just loose stools...it was uncontrollable explosive diarrhea!

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#6

Google +, 2011

Google +, 2011

In 2011 Google launched its new social network Google+. However, it never lived up to their expectations of becoming a Facebook competitor. It was a huge disappointment

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Cassie
Community Member
2 years ago

I use it for convenient logins to other sites.

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#7

Trump Steaks, Donald Trump, 2007

Trump Steaks, Donald Trump, 2007

Donald Trump kicked off his “world’s greatest” line of premium steaks in 2007. However, consumers didn't agree with the description 'great'. The product was discontinued after just two months for sales failures.

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glowworm2
Community Member
2 years ago

I guess it was the world's greatest misteak.

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#8

Rejuvenique Face Mask, 1999

Rejuvenique Face Mask, 1999

In 1999 the nightmarish Rejuvenique Facial Toning Mask was launched. This creepy mask was intended to tighten facial muscles with... shock therapy. Consumers revealed that it feels as bad as it sounds.

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Aaron Kara
Community Member
2 years ago

Well if you got one then it could be used as cybermen cosplay

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#9

Crystal Pepsi, 1992

Crystal Pepsi, 1992

In 1992 Pepsi introduced a new product called "Crystal Pepsi". The product died a year later. David C. Novak, who is credited with introducing the concept, admitted: "It would have been nice if I'd made sure the product tasted good."

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Chiemi Honda
Community Member
2 years ago

They brought it back i think....I saw it at the gas station in hawaii... unless it's from 1992...

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#10

Cheetos Lip Balm, Cheetos, 2005

Cheetos Lip Balm, Cheetos, 2005

In 2005 someone at Frito-Lay decided it would be a great idea to launch a Cheetos' flavored lip balm. Even those of us who have never tried Cheetos can understand why this idea flopped.

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Sarah Hoskovec
Community Member
2 years ago

They were ahead of their time. I know a guy in the White House who would LOVE this product!

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#11

Twitter Peek, 2009

Twitter Peek, 2009




Launched in 2009, TwitterPeek was the first and the last Twitter-only mobile device. The product was created to do only one thing - send and receive tweets, but managed to fail at this simple function. The device gave only a 20-character preview of the tweets. It was no surprise that consumers made a hard pass on this device.

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Night Owl
Community Member
2 years ago

It failed at the only thing made to do? Hahahaha

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#12

Thirsty Cat! And Thirsty Dog!, 1994

Thirsty Cat! And Thirsty Dog!, 1994


In 1994 a bottled water made for cats and dogs was launched. The beverage was carbonated, vitamin enriched and flavored. The product flopped after consumers realized it was completely unnecessary to give their pets, what was essentially soda.

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Troux
Community Member
2 years ago

I appreciate that they took the low budget approach and just found some random street cat to do the advert.

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#13

Samsung Galaxy Note 7, 2016

Samsung Galaxy Note 7, 2016

In 2017 everyone was talking about this explosive failure - the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. It lasted less than a year in the market after Samsung had to recall around 2.5million phones, due to complaints of overheating and exploding batteries.

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Jörg Zingler
Community Member
2 years ago

Well thats a feature. Can you use your Iphoner as a firestarter? ;)

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#14

Hoverboards, 2015

Hoverboards, 2015

In 2015 hoverboards turned out to be one of the biggest tech flops. Why? Because they could potentially catch fire and burn your house down.

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Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

i saw so many of them... in YouTube in the fail section

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#15

Juicero, 2017

Juicero, 2017

In 2013 Juicero introduced a juicer called the Juicero Press. This device was sold with packets of pre-juiced fruits and vegetables sold exclusively by the company. They were humiliated when consumers realized that the packets could be squeezed by hand just as efficiently as with the juicer. Later, Juicero announced that it was suspending their juicer sales and repurchasing the products from customers.

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Debbie Andersson
Community Member
2 years ago

Aren't you supposed to put fresh veggies and fruits in a juicer?

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#16

Google Glass, 2013-2014

Google Glass, 2013-2014

Google Glass, launched in 2013, was a very flawed attempt to create smart glasses. The device retailed for $1,500 and failed to carry out any of its intended functions well. These high-tech glasses also reportedly raised some very serious safety and privacy concerns.

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Cassie
Community Member
2 years ago

A lot of people really wanted these to work.

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#17

New Coke, Coca-Cola Co, 1985

New Coke, Coca-Cola Co, 1985

In 1985 Coca-Cola Co. decided to reformulate Coke. The company invested $4 million into a nationwide taste test. And despite the New Coke doing well in taste tests, after the launch, people's reactions were extremely negative. Within three months of the New Coke's release, the company had to reintroduce the original formula and rebrand it as Coca-Cola Classic.

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Turd Ferguson
Community Member
2 years ago

Malcolm Gladwell's book "Blink" offered a very interesting theory on why it failed. Essentially it came down to sweet was preferable in small doses (i.e., blind taste tests), but most people don't drink just a little bit.

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#18

Cocaine, Redux Beverages 2007

Cocaine, Redux Beverages 2007

This energy drink was pulled from shelves in the US because of its suggestive name. The FDA decided that Cocaine was "was illegally marketing the drink as both a street drug alternative and a dietary supplement". The drink is still sold in Europe under its original name.

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Mother Mary Helen
Community Member
2 years ago

WHAT THE HELL

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#19

E.t. The Extra-Terrestrial, Atari, 1982

E.t. The Extra-Terrestrial, Atari, 1982

Atari spent $20 million to secure the box office hit E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial thinking they had found a profitable source for video game development. The company produced 4 million cartridges however 2.5 million were left unsold and were dumped in a landfill

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Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

you know if you planned, designe and makes a game in 2 weeks of course it will sucks!

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#20

Amazon's Fire Phone, 2014

Amazon's Fire Phone, 2014

Amazon decided to enter the smartphone market with the Fire Phone in 2014. However, it was very unsuccessful and was discontinued a year later. The company's CEO Tom Szkutak indicated that the pricing strategy was to blame for this product fail.

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Holl Balls
Community Member
2 years ago

Guess the market didn’t CATCH fire. I guess they didn’t find the phone to be LIT.

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#21

Delorean Dmc-12, Delorean Motor Company, 1981

Delorean Dmc-12, Delorean Motor Company, 1981

You probably know this car for its appearance in the movie Back to the Future movie. Notable for its gull-wing doors, the car was plagued by performance and safety issues. It was on the market only for three years before production was stopped.

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Troux
Community Member
2 years ago

The company also failed due to the very unscrupulous practices of both business and personal affairs of John Delorean. Cocaine was heavily involved and I'm NOT talking about the failed soft drink!

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#22

Jimmy Dean Chocolate Chip Pancake-Wrapped Sausage, 2006

Jimmy Dean Chocolate Chip Pancake-Wrapped Sausage, 2006

In 2016 Jimmy Dean introduced a strange combination - sausage links wrapped in chocolate chip pancakes on a stick. The saying "it might be crazy enough to work" did not apply to this product.

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Deana
Community Member
2 years ago

They still sell these...only with plain pancakes or blueberry pancakes. I haven't seen the chocolate chip. My son LOVES these things...he's 10.

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#23

Premier Smokeless Cigarettes, Rj Reynolds Tobacco Company, 1989

Premier Smokeless Cigarettes, Rj Reynolds Tobacco Company, 1989



In 1988 RJ Reynolds Tobacco decided to develop a smokeless cigarette. The company invested $325 million into manufacturing their new Premier line which, according to the CEO of the company "tasted like sh*t". It's no surprise people didn't buy them.

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Alia G.
Community Member
2 years ago

It would be nice if they'd worked.

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#24

Windows Vista, Microsoft, 2007

Windows Vista, Microsoft, 2007

Operating system Windows Vista, released in 2007, turned out to be a huge failure. It flopped due to issues with new security features, performance, driver support and product activation.

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Jade Lynn
Community Member
2 years ago

What about Windows ME ?

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#25

Orbitz Soda, Clearly Canadian Beverage Corporation, 1997

Orbitz Soda, Clearly Canadian Beverage Corporation, 1997

Orbitz drink which resembles a lava lamp caught consumers attention in 1988. However, according to reviews, its taste wasn't worth the hype. People began comparing the beverage to cough syrup and the gel balls were only making the taste worse.

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BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

Attractive packaging, tho.

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#26

Pepsi Blue, 2002

Pepsi Blue, 2002

In 2002 Pepsi launched their Pepsi Blue drink, to compete with Vanilla Coke. Despite being heavily promoted this new beverage flopped. It was supposed to taste like berries, however, consumers said it tasted more like cotton candy with a berry-like aftertaste.

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John Leriel
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow, we loved this in high school in Hungary! It was rumored it was created by accident in one of the factories, and they decided to sell the strange colored coke as a limited edition. In my opinion, it tasted a bit like almond. If you mixed it with regular coke, it became green. (Instant Nuka-Cola.)

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#27

Blak, Coca-Cola, 2006

Blak, Coca-Cola, 2006

In 2006 Coca-Cola combined Cola with coffee to create Coca-Cola Blak. The drink was shelved a couple years later when people began to complain about the poor taste and excess caffeine.

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Francis Campos
Community Member
2 years ago

There's always been caffeine in Coca-Cola...

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#28

Pepsi A.m, 1989

Pepsi A.m, 1989

In 1989 Pepsi introduced Pepsi A.M. This new formula contained more caffeine than regular Pepsi and was marketed as a morning drink. However, consumers were not fond of the idea of drinking Pepsi for breakfast. As a result, Persi A.M. was discontinued a year later

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sunnyrei82
Community Member
2 years ago

maybe they had the wrong market, cause.. over here in Mexico, you can enjoy your tacos de birria with a niiiiice, cold soda in the morning!

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#29

Parfum Bic, 1989 - 1990

Parfum Bic, 1989 - 1990

In 1989 Bic decided to launch a completely unrelated product to its brand - perfume. People were not impressed. Bic removed the fragrance off shelves the following year, swallowing an estimated $11 million loss.

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Zenozenobee
Community Member
2 years ago

Bic... a brand that have been producing disposable pens, lighters or shavers since 1945 though it was a good idea to use the same name for parfum, which is supposed to be a luxury product?

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#30

Cosmopolitan Yogurt, 1999

Cosmopolitan Yogurt, 1999


In 1999 Cosmopolitan magazine decided to get into the food game. They came up with the idea of Cosmopolitan yogurt. While yogurt itself seemed to appeal to their target demographic, Cosmopolitan was unable to sell their brand. It was discontinued after only 18 months.

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Chicago Kitty
Community Member
2 years ago

Considering how sleazy Cosmo is as a magazine, I wouldn't want to eat any food they put their name on.

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#31

Gerber Singles, 1974

Gerber Singles, 1974



In 1974 the baby-food giant, Gerber, came up with the idea to create a 'baby food' for adults. Gerber believed that there's a market for ready to eat food in a jar, but oh how wrong they were. Consumers didn't find jars of meat mush very appetizing and Gerber Singles failed badly.

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sunnyrei82
Community Member
2 years ago

Beef Burgundy???

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#32

Segway, 2001

Segway, 2001

Segway was launched in 2001 with very high expectations. However, this two-wheeled expensive vehicle failed to live up to the hype. It came with a price tag of $5,000 and despite being quite innovative it just wasn't that appealing or necessary to consumers.

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ieniemienieme
Community Member
2 years ago

"You see me roll on my Segway I know in my heart they think i'm white and nerdy"

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#33

Nokia N-Gage, Nokia, 2003

Nokia N-Gage, Nokia, 2003

Back in 2003 before everyone was playing games on their smartphones, Nokia decided to combine phones and gaming. The company expected a better reception to their Nokia N-gage, but it ended up being a total fail. This 'taco phone', as some people began referring to it, only managed to reach one-third of its 6 million units in sales.

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Parmeisan
Community Member
2 years ago

Aw, that looks like a neat idea. Clever layout. I can see why it might have issues though.

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#34

Sony Betamax, 1975

Sony Betamax, 1975

Sony Betamax was released in 1975 and it was a huge mistake because its rivals started selling VHS machines. The Betamax format was crushed in the "videotape format war" by the VHS. Consumers preferred it mainly because VHS recording time was 2 hours, and it allowed most feature films to be recorded without a tape change.

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Biana Weatherford
Community Member
2 years ago

I believe the real reason that Betamax failed was that the porn industry went with the VHS format.

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#35

Trump: The Game, 1989

Trump: The Game, 1989

In 2011 Time magazine listed this game among "Top 10 Donald Trump Failures". This game was released in 1989 with only 800,000 copies sold out of an expected two million.

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BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

Proof that there were 800,000 idiots in the world in 1989.

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#36

Mcdonald's Arch Deluxe, 1996

Mcdonald's Arch Deluxe, 1996

In 1996 McDonald decided to broaden its target demographic by introducing a burger Arch Deluxe. Mustard-mayonnaise sauce was supposed to appeal to adult tastes, however, even a $100 million advertising campaign couldn't convince grown-ups to eat the burger. The Arch Deluxe was soon discontinued and its marketing campaign now is considered to be one of the most expensive flops of all time.

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Nadja Lambacher
Community Member
2 years ago

Maybe because "secret sauce for grown-ups" sounds kinda wrong..

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#37

Hot Wheels And Barbie Computers, 1999

Hot Wheels And Barbie Computers, 1999

Hot Wheels and Barbie computers came with so many manufacturing issues that it drove the company out of business, with thousands of unfilled orders.

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Tinpot
Community Member
2 years ago

OMG! I worked for the company that provided the speakers in the package. Absolute garbage. I'm having really bad flashbacks right now.

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#38

Microsoft Zune, 2006

Microsoft Zune, 2006

In 2006 Microsoft came up with the Zune, a product that was supposed to rival the iPod. However, Zune failed to convince consumers that it was on par with the iPod. In 2011 Zune players were discontinued.

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M O'Connell
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2 years ago

My ex had a Zune in 2007, and I had an iPod, the Zune was definitely better at the time.

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#39

Satisfries, Burger King 2013

Satisfries, Burger King 2013

Burger King's attempt to make french fries a little more healthy backfired.They introduced Satisfries in 2013 as an alternative to regular fried, except with less fat and fewer calories. Consumers weren't fond of these revamped fries, and Burger Kind had to go back to their original recipe.

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Troux
Community Member
2 years ago

I remember in the 1990s when McDonald's fries were delicious. Then they succumbed to public pressure which treated them as a scapegoat for all obesity, and changed the formula for good. Now the fries are just meh. Checkers/Rally's will forever carry the best fries trophy, and all they have to do is not care about health in any way.

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#40

Laserdisc, Philips 1978

Laserdisc, Philips 1978

Despite being able to offer higher quality video and audio than its rivals, Laserdisc failed to gain traction

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Cassie
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2 years ago

Laserdisc was out at the same time as Betamax and VHS were battling over market dominance. We had all three machines in our living room until Laserdisc and Betamax finally lost out to VHS.

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#41

Vio, Coca-Cola Company, 2009

Vio, Coca-Cola Company, 2009

Introduced in 2009, Vio a beverage by The Coca-cola company, failed to win consumer's hearts. Why? Probably because flavored milk mixed with carbonated water is a very odd and unappealing combination.

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Vivian
Community Member
2 years ago

Cool bottles though

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#42

Mazagran, Starbucks And Pepsi, 1995

Mazagran, Starbucks And Pepsi, 1995

Starbucks and Pepsi partnered to make this carbonated coffee-soda. People couldn't decide whether they liked or hated the drink. Nevertheless, it was discontinued after failing to appeal to a broad audience.

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Holl Balls
Community Member
2 years ago

Sounds delicious! GMM drank some

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#43

Mars Needs Moms, Walt Disney Motion, 2011

Mars Needs Moms, Walt Disney Motion, 2011

Mars Needs Moms was an utter disappointment for Disney. The animated film cost $150 million to produce and probably $50 million more went to marketing. The saddest part is that the movie only made only $6.9 million in its debut at the domestic box office. It is considered the worst flop of 2011.

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Zenozenobee
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2 years ago

Never heard of it. Guess the $50 million spend on marketing were not enough ;p

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#44

Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino Starbucks, 2017

Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino Starbucks, 2017

When Starbucks launched Unicorn Frappuccino it made people freak out of how good it looked on their Instagram feeds. However, the taste didn't live up to the hype and left many people disappointed.

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sunnyrei82
Community Member
2 years ago

ugh.. just by seeing it I can feel a mouthful of artificial sweeteners! Ugh! I don't get it why it became the craze, it look awful! Gross.

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#45

Four Loko, Drink Four Brewing Compan, 2005

Four Loko, Drink Four Brewing Compan, 2005

Four Loko used to be an alcoholic beverage combined with caffeine. The drink was the subject of ethical, legal and health concerns. In 2011 FDA declared alcoholic energy drinks a public health concern

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Jade Lynn
Community Member
2 years ago

They just took out some ingredients and lowered the alcohol content. You can still get Four Lokos

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#46

Microsoft Bob, 1995

Microsoft Bob, 1995

Microsoft introduced a software called Bob in 1995. The Bob was supposed to make windows more user-friendly by transforming the desktop screen into an image of a room to help users find and understand programs better. However, it was a huge unworkable mess and Bob was discontinued a year later.

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Troux
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh man, I used to have a Gateway 2000! The most overpriced computers ever to go to market, even more than Alienware.

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#47

Ev1, General Motors, 1996 — 1999

Ev1, General Motors, 1996 — 1999


In 1996 General Motors introduced EV1 as the first mass-produced electric car. It was a big hit with consumers and environmentalist. However, six years after the release, General Motors recalled the model claiming liability and spare parts problems, making quite a few people angry.

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Biana Weatherford
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2 years ago

I smell a conspiracy. Big Oil couldn't have been too happy.

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#48

Edsel, Ford Motor Company, 1957

Edsel, Ford Motor Company, 1957

Back in 1957, Ford Motor Company manufactured a car called the Edsel. The company invested $400 million in the development, manufacturing, and marketing with the belief that Edsel was the "car of the future". However, once it was unveiled to the public, it failed so badly to appeal to the consumers, that Ford ended up losing $250 million. Edsel was taken off the market in 1960 and became an example of how not to market a product.

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Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

it's like 'The Homer'

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#49

Brewed Coffee In A Box, Maxwell House 1990

Brewed Coffee In A Box, Maxwell House 1990