10 brands that will disappear in 2012

10 brands that will disappear in 2012

Jul!a Jul!a
I see these lists pop up from time to time, and it's always weird to see brand names that I grew up with on them. I remember a few years ago seeing the company that I worked for at the time on the list of businesses to disappear in the next year and sure as shit, they filed for bankruptcy not once, but twice the following year, screwing me out of some pay in the process. Some of the ones on this list I'm not entirely surprised to see there, but I never really thought Corn Pops, Sony Ericsson, or Sony Pictures would be there. MySpace I'm really surprised to see on the list because I thought it had already gone under lol.

Any of these surprise any of you?
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Sammi Sammi
A&W makes me sad - I remember my senior year in high school we went and took the big "people" they used to have on top of the restaurant and decorated the front of the school for our senior prank. That was the best place to go and get root beer in glass mugs with ice cream
06/22/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
I'd love a list like this on toys that are expected to be discontinued .... say 6 months in advance. That would be extremely handy!
06/22/2011
Bunnycups Bunnycups
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Originally posted by Shellz31
I'd love a list like this on toys that are expected to be discontinued .... say 6 months in advance. That would be extremely handy!
Me too!

Saab and Corn Pops surprise me. These are tough times.
06/22/2011
NawlinsDawlin NawlinsDawlin
Sony surprised me.
06/22/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
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Originally posted by Shellz31
I'd love a list like this on toys that are expected to be discontinued .... say 6 months in advance. That would be extremely handy!
seriously... wow, a lot of those brands surprised me. except myspace. i thought that was already dead lol
06/23/2011
married with children married with children
sears would surprise me if they closed. They dont have much going for them but there tools. They are one of the few left that still sell a great deal of american made hand tools. Would be sad to see that go.
06/23/2011
Dusk Dusk
I was a bit surprised by American Apparel. For how expensive their shit is, I always assumed they were doing well. I'd love to shop there if anything was affordable, their stuff is so soft and comfy, Oh well.

I'm also pretty sad to see Nokia go. I realize shiny new smartphones are the "in" thing, but Nokia phones were always really good at being phones. They could survive almost anything (being dropped in the toilet, off a roller coaster, thrown under cars, etc.) and I'll definitely miss their reliability.
06/23/2011
Eva Schwaltz Eva Schwaltz
Nokia is really surprising, I've had a phone for 5 years and still works great.
06/23/2011
Eucaly Eucaly
Really surprised by Sears. Thought it was doing better than that.
06/23/2011
Ms. Paprika Ms. Paprika
I'm pretty surprised about American Apparel as well-it's a pretty popular brand at my college. But then, I've also heard of boycotts since the CEO is supposed to be a real creep.
06/23/2011
Destri Destri
I was surprised by Nokia and Sears. I am really glad I ditched T-Mobile last year! And I am with you, I thought MySpace was long gone!
06/23/2011
GravyCakes GravyCakes
NOOOOOOOOO NOT POPS! i used to love POPS as a kid!
06/23/2011
K101 K101
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
I see these lists pop up from time to time, and it's always weird to see brand names that I grew up with on them. I remember a few years ago seeing the company that I worked for at the time on the list of businesses to disappear in the next year ...
Dang, I like corn pops! lol Also, SEARS is a surprise to me. Maybe that's only because I don't keep up with things though?
06/23/2011
dv8 dv8
The topic made me think that 10 sex toy brands would disappear. Now that I know otherwise, can someone recommend a knockoff cereal to replace Corn Pops?
06/23/2011
daniel and frances daniel and frances
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Originally posted by Jul!a
I see these lists pop up from time to time, and it's always weird to see brand names that I grew up with on them. I remember a few years ago seeing the company that I worked for at the time on the list of businesses to disappear in the next year ...
Wow! All the ones you listed are a surprise to me!
06/23/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Destri
I was surprised by Nokia and Sears. I am really glad I ditched T-Mobile last year! And I am with you, I thought MySpace was long gone!
I'm a little nervous about the T-Mobile thing to be honest because I have them as a service provider. I know it's going to switch to AT&T but I left AT&T 2 years ago for a reason; they refused to do anything about a phone that had insurance when I bought it and stopped working properly. It is not my fault that a phone meant to handle running a small business couldn't handle my texting, which wasn't even all that outrageous lol. We'll see how the merger goes, mayhaps I'll be switching to US Cellular.
06/23/2011
Kindred Kindred
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Originally posted by Jul!a
I'm a little nervous about the T-Mobile thing to be honest because I have them as a service provider. I know it's going to switch to AT&T but I left AT&T 2 years ago for a reason; they refused to do anything about a phone that had ...
I have T-mobile and I'm a little nervous as well. I like T-mobile because their service plans suit my needs. I'm not a huge minutes or text user. However, AT&T will add significantly to the coverage area, which I have on rare occasion had issues with getting on the 3G network when traveling. Another issue I've read about is phone compatibility. Apparently the companies use different systems and T-mobile customers will likely have to switch phones if/when the merger occurs.
06/23/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
Read the article. The article doesn't say these brands WILL go out of business, only that they have the likelihood of doing so. Companies have pulled themselves out of worse situations than many of these are in.

I'm not surprised by Sears/Kmart. They have lost quality in recent years, treated their customers terribly, out sourced repair service and lost customers (like us, we decided about 6 or 7 years ago to never buy an other large appliance from them, as the people they hired to service our new furnace and other appliances never called us back, didn't do good work and lied to us!) Also, the people who work in the Sears stores are, for the most part, rude, SLOW and outright nasty. Sales companies don't seem to realize that their employees are the face of the company to the public and when they treat people like garbage, people shop elsewhere. The demise of the Venture stores was, in part, based on the fact that people started shopping elsewhere because of their rude, under trained staff. Sears used to have good sales staff, now they go cheap, pay cheap, and they will suffer because of it. A company can't cut corners and expect "customer loyalty" when they themselves have no loyalty to the customer.
06/23/2011
padmeamidala padmeamidala
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Originally posted by Jul!a
I see these lists pop up from time to time, and it's always weird to see brand names that I grew up with on them. I remember a few years ago seeing the company that I worked for at the time on the list of businesses to disappear in the next year ...
Wow! A&W was a bit of a surprise to me because it's been around a very long time. I think that Zeller's stores are on the way out here in canada. Heard they plan to be replaced by Target stores.

I'm a bit surprised by Sears also.
06/23/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
I'm really sad to hear that A&W restaurants will probably be disappearing. We have one near my house that I like to go to in order to get old fashioned root beer floats and to listen to their bubbler juke box.
06/23/2011
Antipova Antipova
I thought that SAAB was already gone as of two years ago? I remember a few friends being really sad about it.

I'd better buy a dozen basic American Apparel tees, because they fit so nicely, and no place else seems to make them quite right for me. I'd better make backup copies of my old myspace blogs, too...I've been meaning to for a long while now but that article was a good reminder. I set them all to private long ago, but I never made .doc copies for myself.

Poor Nokia. I like Finland, and those old early-90's cell phones could really take a beating and keep on ticking.
06/23/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Kindred
I have T-mobile and I'm a little nervous as well. I like T-mobile because their service plans suit my needs. I'm not a huge minutes or text user. However, AT&T will add significantly to the coverage area, which I have on rare occasion ...
There's one place I go in Wisconsin that has AT&T coverage that would be nice if I had, because then I could tether my cell phone to my laptop to get internet and work from there. But I'd rather move my vacations around instead of having to deal with crappy customer service and having to pay for a new phone.
06/23/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by P'Gell
Read the article. The article doesn't say these brands WILL go out of business, only that they have the likelihood of doing so. Companies have pulled themselves out of worse situations than many of these are in.

I'm not surprised by ...
I did read it, I know companies have pulled themselves out of worse situations, but I've only seen a few make it onto this list and live to tell the tale.

I mostly agree with you on Sears. The one at Woodfield hasn't been that bad every time I've been there. The Kmart in Palatine that they turned into a Sears, that one had a few crappy people there. But I've also never purchased a large appliance, so I know I can't speak for the service people in that area.
06/23/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I've noticed both Kmart and Sears have been in the same boat for at least 10 years. Kmart has always been over-priced for crappier goods. Sears always seemed like an "old person" brand and were over-priced too.

For A&W, you can still buy the soda...so that's good. Mix it with buttershots and add french vanilla ice cream.
06/23/2011
Kindred Kindred
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
I've noticed both Kmart and Sears have been in the same boat for at least 10 years. Kmart has always been over-priced for crappier goods. Sears always seemed like an "old person" brand and were over-priced too.

For A&W, you ...
I'm suddenly craving a root beer float.
06/23/2011
Antipova Antipova
I have a book that's a facsimile of an old Sears catalogue from the late twenties, when they really sold everything. There was every kind of piping, wheelbarrow, clothes, household goods, even a list of several different sizes of fire bells (for summoning volunteer fire departments.) I think it's been a steady decline from the heyday of that period for Sears.
06/23/2011
Wyo Daisy Wyo Daisy
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Originally posted by Jul!a
I'm a little nervous about the T-Mobile thing to be honest because I have them as a service provider. I know it's going to switch to AT&T but I left AT&T 2 years ago for a reason; they refused to do anything about a phone that had ...
I was with the portion of Alltel that At&T got - what a TOTAL disaster the takeover was. It to FOREVER and then there was no service in my area after the "upgrade" to AT&T. Basically we waited months, got phones from AT&T (they were cheap replacement phones) and then the service did not work. THey strung us along saying they were working on it. I finally got sick of it and switched companies. I am with Union Wireless now.
06/23/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Wyo Daisy
I was with the portion of Alltel that At&T got - what a TOTAL disaster the takeover was. It to FOREVER and then there was no service in my area after the "upgrade" to AT&T. Basically we waited months, got phones from AT&T ...
Oh fantastic, I can't wait now!!

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I'll start pricing out contracts elsewhere lol.
06/23/2011
alliegator alliegator
Sears has been such an American icon that it seems weird that it would go under. The old Sears Roebuck catalogs are an interesting bit of history. The more pressing question though is if Sears goes out of business, where will Gibbs buy his clothes???
06/23/2011
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