The Best Products to Come in Second Place
BOSTON (MainStreet) -- Typically, consumer and retail loyalty goes to the best products. As the cliche goes: Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.
Sometimes, however, the best just isn't good enough.
Quality is often subjective. Consider stereo equipment: An audiophile may speak glowingly of midrange tones, while the typical consumer really only cares about pumping bass, a cool label or a pretty display.A critically acclaimed movie can be a dud at the box office and more people buy Big Macs each day than filet mignon. Quality isn't the only predictor of success. The following are examples of products that -- both subjectively and objectively -- were hailed as the top of their class, but nevertheless failed.
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