The Biggest Product Flops of All Time
Remember Google Glass, those high-tech glasses they started selling a few years ago? No one bought them, because the $1,500 price tag was too high. And now they've been named the biggest product flop ever.
24/7 Wall Street put together a list of the top 50 failed products of all time. Here are the top 10:
- Google Glass.
- The Newton, Apple's lame digital notepad from 1993.
- The Atari game "E.T. the Extra Terrestrial". They made 4 million copies, sold 1.5 million, and buried the rest in a landfill in New Mexico.
- Burger King's "Satisfries". They were supposed to be healthier than their normal fries, but no one cared.
- Premier "smokeless cigarettes". They were kind of the first e-cigarettes in 1988, but people hated the taste. R.J. Reynolds sunk almost a billion dollars into them, then yanked them off shelves in less than a year.
- Cheetos Lip Balm didn't catch on in 2005.
- The TV show "Terra Nova" from 2011. Fox spent over $50 million on it, including almost $20 million on the pilot alone. It got cancelled after 13 episodes.
- "Touch of Yogurt" shampoo by Clairol, 1979. No one bought it and some of the people who did thought they were supposed to eat it.
- New Coke, 1985. Coca-Cola changed its recipe for the first time in 99 years, and it was not a good idea.
- The Windows Vista operating system was the follow-up to Windows XP, and was super buggy. Dell offered it at first, but then went back to putting XP on its new laptops a couple months later.
Some other notable flops on the list include Betamax cassette players, LaserDiscs, Crystal Pepsi, Harley Davidson perfume, and Life Savers soda.