4 Pop Culture Classics That Beat Their Replacements
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- If loyal customers don't want a new version of your product, it doesn't mean they've fallen out of love with the item that lured them in in the first place.
Coca-Cola learned this the hard way after introducing New Coke in the 1980s. Pro sports teams and their apparel sponsors practically invented the term "throwback" by padding merchandise revenue with high-priced remakes of old-school jerseys. Even car makers such as Ford (F), GM (GM) and Chrysler managed to keep muscle cars brawny during recent panics at the pump with vintage-style versions of the Mustang, Chevy Camaro and Dodge Charger.
Just as Hasbro (HAS) still mines its Generation X fan base with anniversary edition releases of classic Transformers, G.I. Joe and My Little Pony toys, other industries are making a killing off recent nostalgia and tried-and-true business plans. We took a quick tour around the pop culture landscape and found four examples of original-recipe offerings that are either more popular with the new generation or outpacing its growth. They're not all as pricey or rare as fine wine, but they've all gotten better with age:
Current: Nintendo Wii
Classic: Nintendo anything else
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