15 Products That Didn’t Quite Live Up to Expectations

Krystal Smith

From ambitious technological innovations to bold business ventures, numerous products and endeavors have been heralded as game-changers, poised to revolutionize industries and consumer experiences. However, reality often falls short of these lofty expectations, leaving disappointment and dashed hopes behind. We look at fifteen products once hailed as the future but ultimately failed to live up to their potential.

3-D Television

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For a brief period, 3-D televisions were quite trendy and were set to revolutionize how we consume television. After the initial intrigue had worn off, we realized watching TV while wearing glasses would be difficult. The development of the technology was further impeded by concerns about recharging the glasses and the limited capacity of household televisions to produce the appearance of 3-D.

Quibi Streaming

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Quibi was a streaming platform for creating short-form content for viewing on mobiles; it got its name from ‘QUIck BItes.’ It launched in April 2020 but shut down in December 2020 after falling short of its subscriber projections. 

EZ Squirt Ketchup

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In 2000, Heinz introduced a unique variation to their ketchup that would attract children’s attention. The idea was to create “EZ Squirt” colored ketchup, available in three primary colors: teal, green, and purple. However, this concept was intended to last only a short time on the market and was discontinued after six years.


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In 2011, Google launched its new social network, Google+; with features like Circles (a method of organizing connections), Hangouts (a live chat platform), and Photos, Google+ was designed to compete with Facebook.

Nevertheless, despite being connected with other Google goods and services, Google+ needed help attracting sufficient users, interactions, and relevant people. Google+ also had privacy problems, such as the unauthorized disclosure of countless users’ personal information. Google+ ceased to exist in 2019.


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Logan Paul and several other digital artists (and con artists) are disappointed that NFTs have not achieved the anticipated widespread acceptance. NFTs continue to be a fascinating concept, and while they are helpful in some contexts (like online trading cards), they are less extensively used than they are.


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After Apple’s iPod changed how we listened to music, a new industry of MP3 players emerged. However, the rise of smartphones led to the decline of MP3 players, including brands like Zune. Despite its efforts, Zune needed to convince consumers that it was as good as the iPod. As a result, Zune players were discontinued in 2011.

Google Glass

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This particular gadget was promoted as the ultimate augmented reality device. It allowed users to access information, capture photos and videos, and use applications through a small screen integrated into their glasses. However, the device was priced at $1,500 and did not perform its intended functions effectively. Google Glass encountered many obstacles, such as social stigma, short battery life, high cost, and privacy concerns.


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This self-supporting electric scooter had been praised as a groundbreaking form of transportation that would alter how people navigate urban environments. However, the expensive price, safety concerns, regulatory limitations, and widespread ridicule of the Segway prevented it from becoming widely used. 

Crystal Pepsi

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Crystal Pepsi, considered one of the biggest soft drink flops in history, was released in the United States and Canada from 1992 to 1994. It was marketed as a clear, caffeine-free alternative to regular colas, with a similar taste to standard Pepsi but without caramel color, making it reportedly less acidic. However, after less than a year, the soda was pulled from the shelves due to poor sales. It eventually became a cultural joke and was later named one of the biggest product failures of all time by TIME.

Dippin’ Dots 

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Dippin’ Dots was hailed as the ice cream of the twenty-first century. This treat was created by flash-freezing ice cream mix in liquid nitrogen, resulting in little dots of ice cream that were perfect for snacking during baseball games. Dippin’ Dots saw success in malls, theme parks, and other venues, generating over $20 million in annual revenue by the year 2000.

Unfortunately, a patent error and a drop in sales due to the 2008 recession led to the company’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2011. The company’s future was still being determined when Scott Fischer purchased the struggling franchise for just $12 million. Fischer brought Dippin’ Dots back to profitability, and in 2022, the company was sold to J&J Snack Foods for an impressive $222 million.


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This ingenious juicer was designed to produce fresh, nutritious juice using pre-packaged vegetable and fruit pouches. However, Juicero proved to be a massive waste of time, money, and resources because it was possible to squeeze the pouches by hand instead of using costly machinery. After operating for less than a year, Juicero closed its doors in 2017.


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This technological startup claimed to have created a groundbreaking technique that, using a small gadget called Edison, could perform dozens of blood tests with just one drop. Unfortunately, Theranos became known as a big scam because of its unreliable, incorrect, and invalidated technology. Theranos was the subject of several lawsuits, inquiries, and fines until it was shut down.


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Olestra, commonly known by its trademark name Olean, was an artificial fat substitute designed to reduce calorie consumption. Although Olean is still present in some meals, the ingredient has mainly been removed from goods due to customer backlash.

3-D Printers

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Today, 3-D printers are producing houses, weapons, and other things that appeared unimaginable ten years ago. But what about the assertion that 3-D printers will be found in almost every American middle-class home? That feels like a blatant fabrication.

The N-Gage

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In 2003, Nokia created a gadget that combined a cell phone and a portable gaming system. The N-Gage was designed to rival the Game Boy Advance with features including Bluetooth, an MP3 player, and online multiplayer. The N-Gage, however, was a failure because of its poor design. The buttons, designed for a telephone, needed to be better suited for gaming, subpar games, expensive cost, and short battery life. Over 3 million N-Gages were sold when they were terminated.

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What Does the World Really Thinks of Americans

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