10 Failed Products that Ended Big Companies


– The happy happy children’s toy, buy it for your kids, they’ll sleep well! (laughing) Sometimes companies need
to shake it up a little bit so they come up with some
amazing new products. The phone that changes all phones or maybe a new fashion trend. But not all ventures are successful. Sometimes so much has been
put into a new product and it fails so badly that it literally almost bankrupts a company. (office noises) Here are 10 failed products
that almost ended big companies. Number 10 is the Delorean. There’s a big difference
between fame and success and for proof look no further than the Delorean Motor Company. Founded on October 24
1975, the car manufacturer only sold one vehicle
in its short existence. The Delorean DMC12 Sports car. An automobile that took the
standard car door design and threw it out the window in favor of a winged vertical style. Almost from the start the
company was in over it’s head with constant design
problems with the DMC12 and issues with the power
it was able to harness being incredibly low. Which is really ironic if
you’ve seen Back to the Future. Plus to save money the
assemebly line was built in Belfast Northern Ireland, the local workers knew
little about car building. The car flopped in the American market and Delorean closed in
1982 only to become famous due to the Back to the Future trilogy. So in this case the failed product actually did end the company, which is too bad because let’s be honest, we’d all like to be riding
around in a Delorean. Number nine is the Edsel. Named after the son of Henry Ford who founded the Ford Motor
Company in 1903, the Edsel was the car that was
supposed to help the company catch up with GM in the American automotive
market in the late 50s. Design for the automobile began in 1955 and it was revealed to the
world on September fourth, 1957. For nearly a year before launch, Ford was making grand claims, leading the public to believe they would soon be staring
at the car of the future. But when the company
confidently unveiled the Edsel, many were left disappointed,
claiming it was the same style as many other vehicles and overall boring. A car named Edsel that’s boring? What? After overindulging on advertising and the Edsel selling extremely poorly, Ford was left with a loss
of over 250 million dollars and a clear lesson of how
not to market a product. That’s like if you had
a daughter named Beula and you started a fashion line. Hey everybody, wear the Beula. No thanks. Number eight is the Touchpad. Hewlett-Packard used to be
the name in home computing with systems in millions of homes, and while the company
is still seeing profits, they’re reputation took
a huge dive in 2011 with the incredibly awkward release of the Touchpad tablet computer. HP threw a big event
on February ninth 2011 called Think Beyond, where
they unveiled the tablet to an excited crowd, however, no price or
shipping date was given, leaving people confused. Instead of launching at the event, HP executives decided to hold off and work on the operating
system some more. When the Touchpad was finally
released on July first, Apple’s iPad two had already
taken over the market. Only 25,000 tablets were sold, leading HP to shut down
the web-os division and sell off their stock at a loss. Okay, okay guys I just
developed this thing it’s a touch screen phone. You know Samsung and Apple phones are on like their 10th version, right? You’re a little late. You’re stupid. Number seven is Trendy Fashion. What started as a jean store
in Baltimore, Maryland in 1968 grew to be one of the most
iconic clothing stores in the United States
through the 70s and 80s. But trying to maintain that fast growth is what ultimately led to Merry go round closing the doors to hundreds of stores. Though the company had numerous failures, it’s biggest was how it lost touch with it’s customer base. As the early 90s brought
in the grunge look, most retailers began doing market research and adjusting specific locations to sell what the area was looking for. But not Merry go round. Fixating on flashy, colorful clothes worn by rappers like LL Cool J, the company tried to set the
trend in areas full of people in torn jeans and t-shirts. Fast forward and after filing
for bankruptcy in 1994, Merry go round closed it’s
remaining 536 stores in 1996 and liquidated all assets. Well, I guess more than
one company on this list because of a bad product decision, which is too bad because I
would love to see neon clothing come back, you know what I’m sayin? Got me drippin in finesse, I’m sorry, I’ll never do that again. Number 6 is the Dreamcast. Released in Japan on November 27th 1998 and North American markets
on September 9th 1999, the Dreamcast was a video
game system developed by Sega that due to a number of issues and horrible business decisions, ultimately met an early demise. The design and technology
inside the consol was expensive, meaning to compete with
the Play station two, each system had to be sold at a loss. Additionally, third party
support just wasn’t there as the system was difficult
to develop games for due to a flawed controller
design and software issue. On March 31st 2001, just
after two years on the market, Dreamcast was pulled by
Sega and after 18 years, the company announced it’s exit from the consol development business. But today Sega still exists and focuses on software
development for other systems. Ah, memories. You know Sonic the Hedgehog
was the sole reason I wanted to get a little hedgehog. Turns out they’re spiky
and kinda poop a lot. Not the same. Number five is DivX. On June 8th 1998, Circuit City and Zifran, Brittinham,
Bronka, and Fisher a law firm, released DivX, a new way to watch movies that would compete with
DVD rental businesses. The idea was customers would
purchase special DivX players and hook them up to the internet
via a dial up phone line, yeah cuz everyone used to like
dial up internet, the whole eee-errr-ehhhhhh! That was the sound it used
to make, it was horrifying. Then they could purchase
movies for around $4-$5 from various stores and watch them in that
player for up to 48 hours. If they wanted the film
playable after that they would have to call a
hotline and pay an extra fee. But DivX movies were much
poorer quality than DVDs and their players cost
nearly twice as much. The format was discontinued
almost exactly a year after it launched, and DivX and it’s parent
company Circuit City became the laughing stock of
the consumer technology world. Buy our player, it’s got a cool name! Terrible quality, but a cool name! Number four is Jaguar. Released on November 23rd
1993 the Jaguar was the sixth and final video game consol
under the Atari brand name. Though a lesser system, the Atari Panther, was
supposed to come out first, the Jaguar’s development
was far ahead of schedule so Panther was scraped in order for Atari to release the most advanced consol on the market at the time. And indeed it was! A 64 bit system that
put 16 bit consols like Sega Genesis and Super nintendo to shame. Or at least it would have if the Jaguar would have been a success. The hardware and software
were difficult to navigate for game developers, many
of whom opted to make games for competing systems instead, leading to a library of only
67 games and abysmal sales. Atari was forced into a reverse merger with JT storage in 1996 and its assets were quickly liquidated. Hey sometimes you just
need to keep it simple, remember pong? Look at how fun that is. Look at that, look at that. It’s so fun to watch. Number three are Wow! Chips. The only real downsides to
eating all the junk food that you want are of course the upset stomachs you’ll likely receive and all the weight that
you’re likely going to gain. Back in 1996, Frito-Lay, the
maker of Fritos, Lays, Ruffles, Doritos, and Tostitos,
wanted to do something about the latter downside and
began offering Wow! Chips, which almost had no fat in them! But how did they accomplish this you ask. Well they swapped in
olestra, a fat substitute. Launching all across the
United States in 1998, Frito-Lay saw sales rise
over 400 million dollars, and everything was great and
they went on forever like that! No, if you paid attention
to the title of this list, you know that’s not true. It was short lived, as the following year, sales plummeted to less than half that. Turns out eating too much olestra
caused abdominal cramping, diarrhea and a little side
affect called anal leakage. So, consumers turned away, which
left the company scrabbling to bring back the original chips. Oh God sorry I just was
thinking about what I just said and it’s really, really gross
just enjoy regular chips folks just in moderation. Number two are Trump Steaks. In August of 2006, Donald Trump registered a US
trademark called Trump Steaks. Nine months later on May 8th 2007, his line was officially launched, offering top quality meat cuts,
including burgers, sausages, and the world’s greatest steaks. Trump was very proud of his new products, promoting it on the show The Apprentice, and even appearing on a
home shopping channel. But the steaks were a colossel flop, barely selling any at all. The reason for the failure, Trump decided to only offer
the steaks for purchase at the Sharper Image,
a consumer electronics and lifestyle product store where nobody shopped for fine foods. So Trump Steaks were
pulled from the shelves less than two months after their launch and the Sharper Image went
bankrupt the following year. Okay that sounds like a really
really odd business decision, who’s gonna go into a store and be like I want a blender and I also want a oh a
steak is a good combination. And number one are mail DVDs. Back in the year 2000,,
Netflix was just a small blip on the radar compared to the online streaming powerhouse it is today. And that’s probably why Blockbuster CEO John Antioco passed on purchasing
the company that year. A move that probably still
keeps him up at night. At the time Netflix was
a DEV mailing company that was seeing a moderate
amount of success. Instead of paying 50 million dollars that the Netflix CEO
Reed Hastings requested, Blockbuster launched its own
DVD mailing service in 2008. But it was too little too late and the division was crushed
by both Netflix and Redbox, who essentially owned the market. They lost over 1.2 billion dollars in 2010 and Blockbuster was forced
to file for bankruptcy. The very last store closed it’s
doors on November 9th 2010. The final rental being, This is the End. Well that’s appropriate. Well now I’m gonna go on Netlix and chill. You know what I’m sayin? So those were 10 failed products that almost ended big companies, and actually ended a couple of em. But if you guys enjoyed this remember to give it a big thumbs up and also be sure to
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100 thoughts on “10 Failed Products that Ended Big Companies

  1. Made my morning better, you're silly. Thank you for the giggles!

  2. I've seen a few blockbuster video kiosks this past year.. They look similar to the red box onea

  3. You can (for now) add Jibo the robot to this list. His servers turned off yesterday.I hope they can be turned back on again soon.

  4. A relative of mine has a Delorian, it's an attention getter for sure. Many offers for purchase when its taken out.

  5. Late to the watch party, but even as of today, there is 1 remaining holdout from blockbuster, it's located in Bend Oregon.

  6. Thing is there are 2 blockbuster stores left in the world perth and oregon and end of month oregon one will be the ONLY one left in world

  7. Out of these failed items the one I really hated to see was the Atari. I had a Atari 520st for a long time, a great computer with a great OS and lots of games. I must have had it for 5 years and was sad when I broke the damm thing. I already had a 386 system and went with that and good old DOS and missed the Atari that much more. Microsoft should have taken a lesson and put their OS on a eprom chip like Atari did. It never gave the problems you got with DOS and early windows and they had a graphical screen long before Microsoft did… So sad…

  8. Trump steaks.. wow, he should have called it Chump steaks and sold it with a 6 pack of Billy Beer, I think that beer was related to Pres. Carter, had a brother called Billy I think though my memory is not sure but what a package deal, the meal of wacky U.S. Pres… Now that would have taken off I'm sure…. hehe. Boy this world can really be wacky… Now if only Pres. Chump can throw up on some Asian leader to really cement his fame…

  9. deLorean didnt end the company, the drug traffic did… get your facts right

  10. I agree Matt!! I'm an 80s/90s baby and I love me some neon!! Lolol 😍❤️😂

  11. The only "Best Steaks in the World" are the ones my mom makes.

  12. That Merry Go Round clothing shop doomed itself the moment they typed their logo using Comic Sans.

  13. how old are You story time
    A few weeks ago i was going through some old as crap boxes and i actually found a few dvd's from YEARS and YEARS ago still in their red and white slips of paper!😂😂 I remember thinking if they ever charged me for non-returned Dvd's😅😅

  14. I would just like to note that the delorean being in back to the future is a joke. The 88mph was also a joke towards the delorean being to slow to reach the speed.

  15. For as good of a business man as Trump is I have no idea why he would only allow his steaks to be sold at sharper image

  16. Blockbuster had a streaming service, but the company they used to do the streaming had poor quality.

  17. This came out a year ago and yes neon clothing is popular now

  18. My name is BEULLA and I am VERY OFFENDED!(Please don't click on my face. I'm a germaphobe.)

  19. Company:*creates new product*

    Product:I'm about to end this man's whole career

  20. You mean the business genius Donald Trump who has a lot of failed businesses and was also somehow able to bankrupt a casino couldn't sell steaks at sharper image? No way. He has only lost billions in bad business deals, and that steak thing was like, wow, so cool. The guy is like super smart he says so all the time, he even had his own university.

  21. I love how it's mostly cars. The wacky narration just makes it so much better thank you so much

  22. I feel like the Trump Steaks had to be some sort of distraction or something there is no way that Trump would make such a ridiculous business decision. He may not be the best president, but he is a damn smart businessman.

  23. Here in Houston there is a company that makes and sales Deloreans. It’s off beltway 8 and I-59, I see it everyday on my way to and from work. They have them parked outside in their parking lot.

  24. Yeah that was so hilarious that Blockbuster gave up buying Netflix and then Netflix being awesome and then Blockbuster at the end closing all their stores and regretting not buying Netflix

  25. Totally off topic but you are wearing the hell out of that shirt 🤤

  26. HP are back now and to play it safe they make ketchup in one flavour only.

  27. Wait. Divx wasn’t just for bootleg movies 😂😂 TIL

    Damn John. I’m shook for him.

  28. There is one thing left for the DeLorean legacy a building in the California desert with DeLoreans' parts that you can have one car made today FYI

  29. There is actually 1 blockbuster left in Oregon. It was a franchise before the company collapsed

  30. What I've heard a guy bought DeLorean name and I guess all the stock parts and I guess they can pretty much put a hole DeLorean car together if you really wanted one

  31. Actually we had am open and functioning blockbuster just up the road till LAST YEAR. Here in Alaska they closed them one at a time, and it took years to get them all. I miss it so much.😔

  32. The title says "Failed products that ended big companies" but in the video u say "failed products that ALMOST ended big companies"? CLICK BAIT!!

  33. am i the only person that thinks back to the future is really boring? i don't like any of them.

  34. The Edsel failed because it was the first car with an automatic transmission. The gear was shifted by pushing a button on the dashboard. Men liked the shift knob on a manual transmission, so they didn't buy it. The next car that had an automatic transmission used a lever. placed in the same spot as the shift knob. The lever needs only be moved forward or backward. Women really liked this, so it eventually succeeded.

  35. Everyone out here naming blockbuster and Hollywood movies and I'm over here like:
    Movie Gallery.

  36. We all know trump steaks were gonna be a failure. He had failed almost everything he done.

  37. Greetings From Minnesota!
    I really like your videos! And you're since of humor 😁 keep the videos coming!

  38. Circuit city's car company, Carmax also killed it lol. Carmax became their own company and circuit city struggled to stay afloat.

  39. I lived in new york a few years and they had a blockbuster there until the beginning of 2013. I was so sad when they closed it down.

  40. Netflix revolutionized movie watching and is gaining more in popularity with each passing day. Now that they are creating their own movies and TV shows Netflix is unlike any other company that has existed in the movie business. The only issue Netflix is having that I think is going to start hurting them is they keep jacking up the cost of a membership. Now I have no issue paying $15 a month for a TV program like Netflix that I can watch movies and that creates it's own movies plus has TV series and it's own TV series – but when they start jacking that price up to $20 a month or more I will start to take issue with them! Netflix needs to start upgrading it's video library and get more new release movies available. Paying celebrities huge amounts of money to make a couple of movies for them is not the way they should be doing it! I forget who it was but there was a comedian that Netflix paid like $40 million for 4 programs the comedian would star in exclusively for Netfilx. I know Adam Sandler got a huge payday as well and frankly Sandlers stuff has not been that impressive. They also have to be careful and stay out of the political world!! Hiring people like the Obama's to produce some material, hiring Susan Rice on to the board of Netflix all point towards the company being more liberal owned/controlled and that will be their downfall if they are not careful! Liberal networks ALL fail and Netflix had better pay close attention to that! I have seen some anti-Trump stuff on Netflix and I have also seen anti- Obama stuff – that is fine, show BOTH sides and I am OK with it, show only one side and I WILL end my subscription!

  41. Since I watched this video last year, I was able to recognize more half of these entries.

  42. I don't know about every 1 else but I would love to c block buster. Visio mania. Or movie gallery come back over any redbox any day whose with me. 😀

  43. Ummm the reason the first car sold like wild fire later bc the creater got busted for cocaine thats when his sales took off

  44. Trump steaks. Only sold at 1 location and people think he is a smart businessman. I wonder what excuse he will come up with that.

  45. how did the last rental of blockbuster in 2010 be a film from 2013

  46. I completely forgot about circuit city. Holy crap bringing back toddler memories!6

  47. There still a blockbuster that open that is family owned ! Last I checked!

  48. Dude, stop trying to be funny. Your jokes are so painfully cringe and cliché.

  49. Everyone wear the Me sexy more inteligent than superheroes then Frostnova Buela

  50. Wait … if Blockbuster's final rental was in 2010, then how was it a movie that was released in 2013?

  51. The problem with the delorian was stated, it was worked on by the irish. drunk and mechanics are not a good combination.. cheers you irish whelps 🙂 you know I playing

  52. hey, i find dial up sound almost soothing and nostalgic. in fact one of my ring tones happens to be that sound

  53. dont usually comment on youtube videos but we still had a blockbuster store operational until it closed in April this year (2019) I would guess that this was probably their last store, the CEO was a moron for not buying out a competitor

  54. Well maybe if Trump sold his steaks on supermarkets instead of Rent A Center, KB Toys, that small town KKK meeting in Alabama, and Epstein pedo mansion… Yaddayaddayadda

  55. I had a dreamcast back then. I remember it being discontinued too. I enjoyed playing it and vaguely remember something about it giving me issues.

  56. Okay what I want to know is what happened to this product called."WhoKnews". It was a variety of Mach Chips Ahoy and Oreos along with other junk foods but contained as much fiber as a bowl of broccoli and as much calcium as milk and low sugar low fat and not too high in calories. It tasted absolutely delicious and it was definitely one of their biggest consumers and out of the nowhere I stop seeing it. It's been a few years and I really want to know what happened to it! I don't see how it could have flopped because they were so delicious they really did taste like legit Chips Ahoy and Oreos

  57. Y’all not all the blockbusters have closed we have a blockbuster here in Fort Scott Kansas 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  58. Mat shows a demon doll from hell

    Most people WTF IS THAT

    Me ill give you 10 buks

    btv im from europa sorry for the english. Btw i love your vids mat

  59. Selling stakes at an electronic store, just one more example of how much of an idiot Trump is

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