VitaThere's been no shortage of successful product launches in 2012 -- think iPhone 5 and "The Avengers." But sometimes, no matter how many months a company invests in development or how many millions it spends on marketing, a new product can fall flat on its face.

This year's most noteworthy flops had to meet a few key criteria: the rollout had to be expensive, the product had to fail quickly (none of these were on the market for more than a few months before tanking), and the failure had to represent a significant hit to the company's reputation, if not its bottom line.

Sometimes the culprit was avoidable mistakes -- Apple Maps, one of the worst flops of the year by any measure, was riddled with egregious flaws such as mislabeled buildings, streets and even cities. Sometimes it was competition from more popular rivals, as in the case of Sony's Playstation Vita, which had trouble competing with Nintendo 3DS (never mind smartphone and tablet gaming). And sometimes it was pricing --Intel's Ultrabook was widely panned as too expensive, especially with more people taking advantage of cheaper mobile options.

Here are the highest-profile product flops of 2012.




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jimmaeok

Iwould like to find out if Immu Stock, Had the stock for a while ,not doing any thing ,Should I keep it or sell

January 03 2013 at 1:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
angelito.angela

As for me, I think that this list can be much more longer than those 8 demonstrated items. The bad and low-quality products appear not only in the assortment lines of huge international companies but, unfortunately, much more often. I often use this site in order to find some useful points which could secure me from the defective purchases: http://www.pissedconsumer.com/consumer-reviews/products.html. Hope, it will be useful for you, too.

January 02 2013 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
a.krzyston

If at first you don't succeed?

December 28 2012 at 12:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply