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7 Products That Failed Miserably

When new products are launched, it can be so exciting to buy one for yourself and enjoy a new toy for a while. The iPhone, Amazon Echo, and Hulu are just a few examples of products that totally hit the mark and made life just a little (or a lot) easier and more enjoyable.

But sometimes, companies fail miserably when releasing a new product. Sometimes the timing isn't right, or the marketing is terrible, or the product itself is simply awful. Whatever the reason, all the hype in the world can't stop a conflagrant boat from sinking.

Below are some products that had tons of potential, but that couldn't last more than a minute in the marketplace. Let us know in the comments if you caved and purchased any of them!

7. LaserDisc

Sure, the LaserDisc seemed like a good idea at the time. It offered a crystal clear picture and didn't have the same problems that VHS tapes had with wear and tear. But no one who designed them seemed to notice that they were huge. If you were planning to replace your entire VHS library, you quite literally needed a space the size of a library to contain everything.

6. Google Glass

This product was widely prohibited shortly after release and was potentially dangerous for the health of those who wore it. That is not good PR for anything. Privacy was a major concern, since anyone wearing Google Glass could take a picture or movie of whatever they were looking at (including a movie in the theater). And the product emitted carcinogenic radiation constantly, which is mildly disconcerting since you wear it on your head all day. Google stopped producing it in 2015.

5. Crystal Pepsi

 

Clear, caffeine-free Pepsi. The flavor was off, and it was simply weird to drink something that sort of tasted like cola, but wasn't brown like every other cola. Appealing? Nope. Successful? Nope.