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May 29, 2020

Once great junk brands



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There must be a zillion more.





May 29, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


- Polaroid
- Vivitar

(dis)honorable mention: Thinkpad (more diluted than rubbish, really, the business line of laptops they inherited from IBM is still fine)

Posted by: Darren Embry | Jun 10, 2020 1:35:47 PM

The empty Xerox tower was vandalized on Saturday after a BLM protest. People broke windows on the street level. It was a bad night in Rochester.

Posted by: Greg Perkins | Jun 1, 2020 6:53:25 AM

Greg.. Hello from not too far away..

Now that pleasantries are out of the way, I'll make the argument that The Sharper Image was always junk, but as it was the 'cool' 'new' stuff, nobody noticed, because the brand had such weight (for some reason).

Posted by: Rocketboy_X | May 31, 2020 10:46:04 PM


Posted by: Luke | May 30, 2020 8:28:45 AM

We've seen this in Europe, too, with Grundig, once a major hi-fi equipment manufacturer, Volvo - now part of the Chinese Geely company, most of white goods available in Europe is now rubbish. Once lasted decades, now breaks in a year or two.

Posted by: Tomasso | May 29, 2020 4:38:16 PM

We have more than our fair share here in Rochester. Kodak still exists, but it much smaller than the 50,000+ local employees in 1980.

Xerox is following the same trajectory, I worked there a few times and my wife retired from there. Xerox tower, the tallest building here has nobody in it as far as I know, someone was going to rent a floor. It used to be connected to the first enclosed mall in the US. That was torn down in the 2,000s and nothing has replaced the main property.

Across the street is Bausch and Lomb's world headquarters, they are now owned by a Canadian company headquartered elsewhere. The building is no more than 50% occupied.

Frenches was located here on, yes Mustard st.

General Railway Signal and Gannet were headquartered here. Gannet is back as a shadow of itself, purchased by a much smaller local company.

Paychex, U of R, L3Harris and a few other large employers are doing well.

Posted by: Greg Perkins | May 29, 2020 2:24:25 PM

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