7 brands gone but not forgotten

It's trite but true: Past success is no guarantee of future performance. Here are 7 one-time market leaders that quickly vanished.

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Jul 12, 2013 3:13AM
Jul 5, 2013 10:30PM
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To me so many people are gone from this world they are what I miss. Products I could not care less!!    

Jul 12, 2013 7:50AM
Jul 12, 2013 7:24AM
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I miss Circuit City. Our store here was really good.  I hate going to Best Buy and try to avoid it whenever possible. 
Jul 7, 2013 4:57PM
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Another leader, the United States of America is being taken over by Mexico and will soon be known as Northern Mexico. The United States label will be retired.
Jul 12, 2013 3:42AM
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Cingular was a great cell company compared to AT&T which had bought them.
Jul 5, 2013 10:47PM
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How do you have "3 different Credit Cards" at One(1) Bank....Why ??
Jul 7, 2013 11:48AM
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Washington Mutual was rotten to the core long before it became a big time crook.  Back in the late 70's when adjustable rate mortgages were hot, we did a refinance through WaMu and took an adjustable rate mortgage.  A year later interest rates had dropped by about 2% and we received a notice from them that our  payments were GOING UP !!    I had to go to the bank several times and get shuffled off to different  " managers" who explained in some mysterious accounting language why a lower interest rate meant a higher payment.  Finally I had an attorney friend write them a letter, and our payment went down to the appropriate level. 
      The house that we had financed was an ongoing remodel project that we finally finished about 1982.  It had grown from 900 square feet to over 4000 and we decided to re-finance the original loan to free up some cash for a business venture.  We went to our local WaMu branch and asked for an application.  They told us we would have pay 300.00 up front for the cost of the appraisal.  This was back in the days when an appraiser would come to your home, measure every room, inspect the electrical and plumbing, floor coverings etc. draw a plot plan of the lot  and do a lengthy  report on the house, its condition and location.  A few days after paying the deposit, the bank called and said our loan was not approved because the appraisal was too low and the appraisal cost was non-refundable.  When I asked for a copy of the appraisal, I was told it was the bank's property.   When I explained that no appraiser had ever come to our house they  gave me more run-around.  Once again, back to the attorney friend who wrote them  explaining in legal language how the appraisal was my property since I paid for it, and that if there was really no appraisal at all, they were in violation of a bunch of banking practices.  Not long after, we received a refund check for the appraisal.
We eventually sold the house for a good profit and over the years bought and sold a lot of other properties, but I never set foot in a WaMu again.
Jul 6, 2013 8:25AM
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you forgot DEC.  known as digital equipment bought by Compaq.  worked for DEC for 17 years. a great job for first 15 years then the firings started.  wow.
Jul 6, 2013 2:39AM
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Saab made good cars.  Too expensive though for what you got.  GM screwed them. 
Jul 12, 2013 7:42AM
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I miss Borders Books and Music. Compared to Barnes & Noble has had a stuffy feel.
Jul 12, 2013 3:44AM
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Dog eat dog, survival of the fittest, that's what capitalism is all about.
Jul 12, 2013 7:04AM
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GM ran another company into the ground. GM stands for Gross Mismanagement.
Jul 5, 2013 10:07PM
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One thing I have to say about Compaq they made good printers when they made their own.

Jul 14, 2013 7:54PM
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I miss the local hardware store in my town, and the grocery store where everyone knew me when I walked in, or the place where they fixed broken television sets, how about that one place where you could walk in and buy a stove from a guy who could tell you why it was good or bad, oh wait, the place that sold good food that didn't come in a styrofoam container or from a dollar menu, the shoe store where my mom took me to get shoes from a guy who actually made sure they fit correctly, how about the bank in town that was ran by people who didn't try to get you to sign up for an account just to cash a check. the car dealership that sold my grandpa a car, my dad a car, and me a car, and remembered us and said hi to us at the store. remember when businesses didn't ask you to "like" them on facebook, or check out their GD twitter account? has anyone every tried working at one of these places? sadly, everyone who used to own those businesses that i miss has, and it makes me ill to watch those iconic business owners wearing a name tag, or getting told "this is how we do it now" by some 28 year old "manager" who couldn't manage his or her way out of a wet paper bag. those old timers have forgotten more than these big box store "managers" will ever know, and still know the difference between "please hold...your call is important to us" and being part of a community . Good Luck America, be sure to salute your flag that has no doubt been made in China.

what ever happened to that did all those things? WE PUT THEM OUT OF BUSINESS, every single one of us who buys ANYTHING from those big box stores.

Now that i think about it, I agree with Daniel20006, I really miss my family and friends who have left me before i was ready to say goodbye to them.

Jul 8, 2013 6:12AM
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I miss Washington Mutual, it was a way better bank than Chase. 
Jul 12, 2013 11:14AM
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I miss the days before cell phones!!!

Jul 6, 2013 12:37AM
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the brand I miss the most is Square Pan Pizza , second best pizza ever IMO Round table is number one but there aren't any near where I live . I do miss Heathkit though , great fun building serious electronic kits (not for the novice type) back in the late 60's early 70's .
Jul 12, 2013 11:40AM
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I too miss Montgomery Ward, Woolworth's and Ben Franklin 5&10 cent store,. Also the original Hostess (the minidonuts with the powdered sugar), and Fermodyl Shampoo (the one that was thick came in a tube like toothpaste), and Clairol's Silk & Silver. Vermont Country Store has a few of the old time products, the old people stuff you can't find elsewhere but unfortunately not all of them. (oh yea, and I miss major applainces that were made to last, not all plastic and fall apart in 5 years or less)
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