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Here are 10 gems you may not remember:
This ESPN-branded flip phone provided grainy video highlights and 24/7 sports news. It cost $399 or “free” with a $65-$225/month plan.
It lasted <1yr, with Steve Jobs telling ESPN execs ““Your phone is the dumbest f***ing idea I have ever heard.”
Ikea took “DIY” and “transportable” to new heights with its line of inflatable furniture (a.i.r.).
Valves constantly leaked and needed re-pumping. The line did last almost a decade, though.
A $200 handheld device that *only* ran Twitter. It was a disaster:
◻️You could only see 20 characters at a time
◻️Linked websites were inaccessible
◻️It only refreshed the 10 most recent Tweets
Harley has a strong brand and merch makes up ~5% of its sales. In the mid-90s, the motorbike manufacturer got a little ambitious w/ its brand extension strategy: eau de toilette (AKA cologne
Pre-Steve Jobs return, Apple launched a gaming console. It used Macintosh tech, so was pretty powerful…but way overpriced.
It cost $600 vs. $200 for the N64.
In a year on the market, Apple sold 42k units (N64 sold 300k on the *first* day).
It’s McDonald’s largest flop.
Facing pressure from BK, McD made an “adult” burger: patty on potato-flour bun w/ lettuce leaf (not shredded), tomato + fancy mustard.
It failed after $100m in ad spend (the ad copy had children criticizing the “adult” taste).
The Museum of Failure can’t confirm whether or not this *actually* existed (Colgate says “no”). If true, one of the more ludicrous product crossovers ever LOL.
Nike created a pair of futuristic sunglasses that didn’t have temples (the part that goes over your ear).
One big catch: to wear them you had to glue frickin magnets on your face so the shades could clip on.
Nike did a horrible job with those glasses though 🤣
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