5 brands that could be gone by 2016

Some of these companies are doing well enough to be bought out; others, poorly enough to go out of business. Either way, these names could change or go away.

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Jul 14, 2014 8:32PM
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AT&T has basically gutted and ruined every company they have ever bought.  Too bad for DirecTV.  I'll be switching to Dish.  I also hope that if Hillshire Farms is bought, the buyers will keep their smoked-sausage recipes intact since it is the only smoked sausage worth eating.
Jul 14, 2014 8:14PM
Jul 14, 2014 9:04PM
Jul 14, 2014 7:59PM
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Being bought doesn't have to mean the brand goes away. Brand names are usually worth quite a bit of money....just the name, never mind the product/service. If what is being said is that the stand-alone company owning the brand is going away, that's different. Although even in that case it could just become a wholly owned subsidiary.
Jul 14, 2014 9:14PM
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Before we know it the only ISP and pay TV service providers are going to be Cox and at&t, how sad.
Jul 14, 2014 10:01PM
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If prices keep going up just to watch some football. I guess I'll be playing madden footbal video game with my grandkids and i'm 85!
Jul 14, 2014 10:31PM
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It's too bad that Comcast doesn't implode.Its drones (CNBC,MSN,MSNBC,NBC,E-Channel,The Weather Channel were once decent companies-until they joined the Dark Side.Now they are nothing more than pieces of used toilet paper ( Klingons circling Uranus ) !!!
Jul 14, 2014 9:28PM
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The problem Zygna had was they got too greedy. Had too many quests and bugs in the programs. Didn't really care about the players. They were more concern with $$$$$. They forgot servomg their  customers. Thus players, like me, left them.
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AT&T is the *ucking devil of telecommunication. I'd go without TV, phone, and internet before doing business with them again.
Jul 15, 2014 1:36AM
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I hope the government tells AT&T to take a hike.  While DirecTV has gone downhill in the past five years with their pandering to new subscribers at the expense of long term customers, they are still far better than cable, and they absolutely destroy DISH.  Meanwhile, AT&T brings their same horrendously bad customer service, ever ongoing price hikes, and poor performance to every company they acquire.  As a long term customer who had been through AT&T takeovers of other companies previously, I cheered when the government scuttled AT&T's attempt to take over T-Mobile.  I'm rooting for it to happen again with the DirecTV buyout.
Jul 14, 2014 10:35PM
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Remember Hillshire Farm natural casing wieners?
Jul 15, 2014 12:51AM
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It's hard to have pride in a product and strive for quality when the product is eighteen layers of management away from responsibility and management only cares about their share price and return to investors.  Those things are fine, but should take a back seat to customer satisfaction.
Jul 14, 2014 10:30PM
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We had an appointment for Direct TV they didn't even show up!  I called DISH and they were at my house 1 hour later! 
Jul 14, 2014 10:54PM
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I guess I don't get the point of this type of article. MSN giving a day off to bashing JC Penny, Sears, McDonalds, Walmart and Bank of America ?
Jul 14, 2014 10:35PM
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Delta is playing the card of ignorance buying Alaska. The industry needs the Pacific Northwest vibe of Alaska to balance out the toxicity of the other carriers. Why doesn't Delta just offer a better product instead of ruining others. Delta can buy more 737 and fly the routes themselves. Delta is conceding it is a s***y airline if it buys Alaska. Can't offer a better product so they buy them? Say no Delta Airlines say no to tyranny and wickedness in the industry. Washington DC actually do something of value adding and stand firm on blocking this merger. I thought the consumer wanted options.


Here is an idea for all the dumb a $$ es at Delta Air Lines. The equation to run an airline, the way to right to ship of an airline...


Simple Titration: just need the reaction; everything else is wasting resources.

*Where do individuals want to go and fly there

*Think originating-and-deplaning, point-to-point

*Put some thought into the name of the airline


Straying from the principle is bankruptcy and adhering to the principle is survival.


I'll admit the name Delta might hold the company back, but Delta can still max out its East coast presences. It can be the Alaska of the East coast. What was the saying "Keep Delta my Delta". Taking lessons from Doug Parker and telling the whole world Delta management is filled with idiots. Leave Alaska alone before Delta ruins its vibe. Hands off Alaska.


By the way...the American Airlines culture eats up the equation/principle. American is going to be kicking your a $$. (They just have to weather Doug Parker and co.) In reality Delta Air Lines kicks its own a $$ by mismanagement.


Who would of thought a miscellaneous nobody would school the entire industry. I wasn't planning that one, but the industry is fitted with so many idiots. Lighthearted...So do I at least get a golden parachute like the other airline CEOs of the past. I've done what they didn't; I've supplied the equation for running an airline. ...Call the equation a free giveaway. Delta among others might try to draw me out to beat me up (putting things kindly). Probably don't like getting schooled so bad. Everybody now knows your shortcomings.

Jul 15, 2014 12:57AM
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I thought for sure Dish would be in the top 5, especially the way they closed up all the Blockbuster Stores.  As for Zynga, they don't even employ in the US.  Their customer support is India.  I can care less for companies that don't employ their own.
Jul 14, 2014 8:25PM
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Don't underestimate Lululemon.  Since this company was conceived, analysts have been saying it is a dog.  This company has been the subject of many business case studies that have always concluded that it should fail.  That hasn't stopped millions of men and women from brandishing the logo on nearly all of their workout clothes and many of their street clothes.  In spite of the recall of pants, theirs are still better than a lot of the other ones on the market and one product does not necessarily make or break a company. 
Jul 15, 2014 1:16AM
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Zynga is simply an utterly incorrect pick.  They are restructuring, going mobile, is increasing its presence in online gambling, but innovation takes time.  The analyst reports predict for the next one year time period, a mean per share price of $4.55 and a high of $7, with some analysts suggesting as much as a 500 percent rise in per share price.  You panic.  I bought.  When Ford was down to $1.15, I bought and bought and bought.  Zynga is headed up.  A REALLY poor pick for this poorly researched story.
Jul 14, 2014 11:53PM
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Lululemon is hardly going away, who writes this ****
Jul 15, 2014 12:01AM
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What about GM? And why do all the good airlines die young? Airtran, Air Texas, etc.
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