15 Worst Product Failures and Flops From the Past 5 Years

Consumers test out 3-D television, a product failure

Consumers test out 3D television, a product failure that has been a flop thrice at this point. | Sean Gallup/Getty Images

People make mistakes, and businesses make mistakes. It’s something that happens, and there’s little you can do to avoid it. We can spend considerable resources weighing risks, but in the end, sometimes you just need to take a stab at a project and see what happens. If you’re not careful, however, you can screw up majorly. Product failures and flops exemplify this perfectly.

Sometimes, a company releases a new product or service that changes things forever. Companies, such as Apple, Google, and Uber, have all done this over the past decade or two — numerous times, in some cases. Other times, a concept doesn’t take off. It might be because it was a bad idea in the first place, or perhaps it was ahead of its time.

Here are 15 failed products and services that have flopped in the past five years. Did you buy one?

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Galaxy Note 7 | Samsung.com

Samsung’s smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7, certainly had one of the worst debuts in recent memory. The reason being that consumers reported the batteries spontaneously caught fire. This led to massive recalls, and millions, if not billions, in lost revenue. It’s not clear whether the product will be able to recover and whether Samsung will be able to regain momentum with the Galaxy Note 8.

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