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(24/7 Wall Street)   Seven "iconic" brands that quickly vanished. Apparently, there was a reason all those yuppies were saabing   (247wallst.com) divider line 276
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2013-07-06 08:20:57 PM  
The 9-3 was pretty good for its time.
 
2013-07-06 08:33:36 PM  
My first computer was a Compaq Presario, and I thought it would be impossible to build a shiattier computer than that one. After they were bought out by HP, I was proven wrong.
 
2013-07-06 08:38:53 PM  
Wow... that's so weird how companies buy other companies! Thanks for the informative link there subby.
 
2013-07-06 08:39:02 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Any chickenheads in the house?
 
2013-07-06 08:40:45 PM  
I rue the day I sold my mint condition 1993 Saab Turbo convertible. Damn you, lack of garage space!
 
2013-07-06 08:42:13 PM  
I miss Washington Mutual. No fees that I remember & I got a very good return on my savings.

/ Fled to a Credit Union after Chase gobbled them up...
 
2013-07-06 08:44:32 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: [upload.wikimedia.org image 800x600]

Any chickenheads in the house?


LOAD"*",8,1

/even have a t-shirt with the boot screen :P
//the text is right over my tits, so lots of people focus on it.
 
2013-07-06 08:45:00 PM  
Two more:

www.politykaglobalna.pl

www.mydiscountcigarette.net
 
2013-07-06 08:45:33 PM  

PainInTheASP: My first computer was a Compaq Presario, and I thought it would be impossible to build a shiattier computer than that one. After they were bought out by HP, I was proven wrong.


Be happy you missed Packard Bell.
 
2013-07-06 08:46:21 PM  
Answer: WaMu, Wachovia and Lehman Brothers.

Question: Who helped bring on the recent Depression?

Good Riddance.
 
2013-07-06 08:46:45 PM  

Pray 4 Mojo: Wow... that's so weird how companies buy other companies! Thanks for the informative link there subby.


Part of what companies are buying when they buy other companies is the name and the customer's good will for products with that name.

HP could have very easily kept the Compaq brand and sold computers that were the equivalent of last year's HP with that label. Plenty of people would have purchased them, because the name was familiar. So it is interesting that they decided it wasn't worth the hassle.
 
2013-07-06 08:47:17 PM  

Anastacya: /the text is right over my tits, so lots of people focus on it


EiP
 
2013-07-06 08:47:51 PM  
89 900T convertible, sort of a funky bathtub to look at, especially with the top down, but drove great, took me all over, and wasn't scared of mountain curves, snow or ice.
 
2013-07-06 08:48:11 PM  
Too lazy to go look, but Saab was really a victim of GM's overall bullshiat of deciding that building cars was now going to be secondary to selling and financing them.
 
2013-07-06 08:48:22 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: [upload.wikimedia.org image 800x600]

Any chickenheads in the house?


My first computer was a VIC20.  Cost about $125.  By the time I added a 128KB floppy, a printer, and maxed out the RAM, I'd spent $1200.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-07-06 08:49:10 PM  
My heart just ACHES for "lost brands."

//not really
 
2013-07-06 08:52:23 PM  
So 2 tech casualties and 3 housing bubble instigators. Dumbest link of the day
 
2013-07-06 08:53:44 PM  
I bought my daughter a '99 Saab 95 when she turned 16.  She's 20 and still driving it.

Wachovia will be screwing up Wells Fargo for years to come.  WF has chosen to use Wachovia's IT infrastructure for their own data processing -and it is fubar.
 
2013-07-06 08:54:32 PM  
Saab made cars for nearly 50 years, I don't consider that 'quickly vanishing'

1977 Saab 99GL...................I miss ya, Marilyn.
 
2013-07-06 08:55:07 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Any chickenheads in the house?


Bawwwwk!! Long live Bally/Williams of the 80s and 90s too.
 
2013-07-06 08:57:33 PM  

Forbidden Doughnut: I miss Washington Mutual. No fees that I remember & I got a very good return on my savings.

/ Fled to a Credit Union after Chase gobbled them up...


Me too!
 
2013-07-06 08:57:45 PM  
OK, so I'm old enough to remember Compaq "luggables."  You practically had to buy it its own seat on the airplane.  But damn it, without the "luggables," we would have tablets and iPhones today.  You're welcome.

oldcomputers.net
 
2013-07-06 08:58:39 PM  

fatkidinabeenie: PainInTheASP: My first computer was a Compaq Presario, and I thought it would be impossible to build a shiattier computer than that one. After they were bought out by HP, I was proven wrong.

Be happy you missed Packard Bell.


My 1st computer was a farking no name 286. My second was an HP. At the time HP was one of the higher quality PCs. It was a good computer. I remember seeing people standing in line at the return desk every farking time I went to comp USA with Compaqs and Packard Bells. My Hp lasted about 5 years. My 3rd comp was an HP that lasted about a year. HP went the way of Compaq and never looked back.
 
2013-07-06 08:59:13 PM  
2. Washington Mutual
5. Wachovia
7. Lehman Brothers


Three of the biggest turds in the punchbowl of our economy in the last ten years.
All were involved in the housing shenanigans bullsh*t of the last decade, and their CEOs (Ken Thompson, Kerry Killinger / Alan Fishman, Dick Fuld) should have been taken out and shot in the company parking lot.

On pay per view.

Live.

/Did you know that the CEO of WaMu, Alan Fishman, worked at the company for less than three weeks, and was paid almost $20 million dollars after he quit?
 
2013-07-06 08:59:15 PM  
Iconic brands: Nike, Apple, McDonald's, Harley-Davidson, Coca-Cola, Rolls Royce, a handful of others.

Decidedly not iconic: anything listed in this article.
 
2013-07-06 09:00:52 PM  

Krieghund: Pray 4 Mojo: Wow... that's so weird how companies buy other companies! Thanks for the informative link there subby.

Part of what companies are buying when they buy other companies is the name and the customer's good will for products with that name.

HP could have very easily kept the Compaq brand and sold computers that were the equivalent of last year's HP with that label. Plenty of people would have purchased them, because the name was familiar. So it is interesting that they decided it wasn't worth the hassle.


I was at HP/Compaq during the merger time (and for years after). During the merger there was discussion about ditching the Compaq consumer line. It was kept for consumer store shelf space, so both HP's and Compaqs would be displayed.
 
2013-07-06 09:01:00 PM  
No mention of Minolta which was ought out by Sony?  It's interesting to see the Sony display at camera expos where they show a history of their cameras, and all the older ones were Minoltas.  Also I think Konica was bough out by Samsung
 
2013-07-06 09:03:16 PM  
socalip.files.wordpress.com
This iconic brand will be going away soon. 3rd generation owner is driving it into the ground.
 
2013-07-06 09:05:34 PM  

Krieghund: Pray 4 Mojo: Wow... that's so weird how companies buy other companies! Thanks for the informative link there subby.

Part of what companies are buying when they buy other companies is the name and the customer's good will for products with that name.

HP could have very easily kept the Compaq brand and sold computers that were the equivalent of last year's HP with that label. Plenty of people would have purchased them, because the name was familiar. So it is interesting that they decided it wasn't worth the hassle.


Carly "the clueless and incompetent" Fiorina was in charge.
 
2013-07-06 09:06:03 PM  

Bob Falfa: Saab made cars for nearly 50 years, I don't consider that 'quickly vanishing'

1977 Saab 99GL...................I miss ya, Marilyn.


It vanished quickly in the sense of suddenly not being around over the course of 2 years or so, after 50 years of making cars.
 
2013-07-06 09:06:28 PM  
SAAB made some of the highest quality and safest cars ever built. The problem is that it turns out it's pretty expensive to do that.

/also whoever had the idea that they should market their cars as being made by a company that makes jet fighters should have been fired on the spot
 
2013-07-06 09:07:46 PM  
Compaq going away is news?  Is this 2003 again?
I haven't seen a new Compaq branded PC or server in about 10 years.  My work is primarily an HP/Compaq shop, too.

This was the last "Compaq" server we had...
www.techtradepartners.com
Note the "Pentium III" decal.
 
2013-07-06 09:09:11 PM  

icebergcomics: [socalip.files.wordpress.com image 170x260]
This iconic brand will be going away soon. 3rd generation owner is driving it into the ground.


How so?
 
2013-07-06 09:09:23 PM  

Voiceofreason01: SAAB made some of the highest quality and safest cars ever built. The problem is that it turns out it's pretty expensive to do that.

/also whoever had the idea that they should market their cars as being made by a company that makes jet fighters should have been fired on the spot


What??

My parents rented a Saab convertible for me to take my date to prom when I was back in high school.  That thing had the least pep of any car I've ever driven.  You could floor the gas and it would just putter along like a toy car.  I've rented lots of different types of cars since then on business travel, and none of them were ever as bad as that Saab was.
 
2013-07-06 09:09:32 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: Quantum Apostrophe: [upload.wikimedia.org image 800x600]

Any chickenheads in the house?

My first computer was a VIC20.  Cost about $125.  By the time I added a 128KB floppy, a printer, and maxed out the RAM, I'd spent $1200.


170k.... This guy is a phony!
 
2013-07-06 09:09:47 PM  
Maybe "iconic" isn't quite the right word.
 
2013-07-06 09:10:15 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: [upload.wikimedia.org image 800x600]

Any chickenheads in the house?


Anastacya: Quantum Apostrophe: [upload.wikimedia.org image 800x600]

Any chickenheads in the house?

LOAD"*",8,1

/even have a t-shirt with the boot screen :P
//the text is right over my tits, so lots of people focus on it.


i291.photobucket.com
Sorry I couldn't post a pic of your tits :(

yet
 
2013-07-06 09:10:29 PM  
Cingular Wireless bought AT&T Wireless.  Everyone went from Blue to Orange.

SBC and Bellsouth merged and used the ATT name.  Bell South division is now called ATT South.  So really SBC running the show.

The now defunct T-mobiles purchase was planned as far back 2004.

Bell South also had a pretty large infrastructure in South America.

The Sony Ericcson was never iconic, it was always cheap crap.
 
2013-07-06 09:10:47 PM  
Cingular just changed it's name. Almost the exact same company with the exact same people.
 
das
2013-07-06 09:10:54 PM  
I had two Sony/Ericson phones. Best ones I ever had.
 
2013-07-06 09:11:27 PM  
blog.angelatung.com

'Iconic'?
 
2013-07-06 09:12:55 PM  

Saturn5: Compaq going away is news?  Is this 2003 again?
I haven't seen a new Compaq branded PC or server in about 10 years.  My work is primarily an HP/Compaq shop, too.

This was the last "Compaq" server we had...
[www.techtradepartners.com image 696x467]
Note the "Pentium III" decal.


Compaq servers still exist as the HP ProLiant. HP servers were killed off in the merger.
 
2013-07-06 09:13:41 PM  
Since when is being bought by another company "vanishing?" Also, this:

Pray 4 Mojo: Wow... that's so weird how companies buy other companies! Thanks for the informative link there subby.

 
2013-07-06 09:15:54 PM  

John Buck 41: [blog.angelatung.com image 330x282]

'Iconic'?


Agreed on all of these counts. Walkalloverya being an 'iconic' brand, pu leeze! Compaq?

How about Wang, DEC, Sun, they are iconic in my wheelhouse, fark a bank
 
2013-07-06 09:16:23 PM  

Kiwimann: Voiceofreason01: SAAB made some of the highest quality and safest cars ever built. The problem is that it turns out it's pretty expensive to do that.

/also whoever had the idea that they should market their cars as being made by a company that makes jet fighters should have been fired on the spot

What??

My parents rented a Saab convertible for me to take my date to prom when I was back in high school.  That thing had the least pep of any car I've ever driven.  You could floor the gas and it would just putter along like a toy car.  I've rented lots of different types of cars since then on business travel, and none of them were ever as bad as that Saab was.


Do you remember what model it was? And what part of "high quality" and "safe" made you think that I meant "fast". SAAB was well known for making EXTREMELY well designed cars but not so much for making fast ones, which is a big part of what makes the fighter jet marketing scheme a little strange.
 
2013-07-06 09:17:34 PM  

simplicimus: Compaq servers still exist as the HP ProLiant. HP servers were killed off in the merger.


The point is the Compaq "brand" is no longer part of them, and hasn't been for along time.  "Compaq" appears nowhere on the HP ProLiant.
 
2013-07-06 09:17:41 PM  
Wang? Amdahl? Sun Microsystems? Tandem Computers? Handspring? Palm? There's hundreds of dead computer companies littering Silicon Valley.
 
2013-07-06 09:18:13 PM  
When Wachovia came to my area I remember seeing their sign and thinking what a cloyingly transparent marketing gimmick it was to have a bank with a name that sounds like 'Watch ova' ya'. Then I heard an ad where they pronounced it 'walk ova' ya' and nearly pissed myself laughing at their bald-faced candor.
 
2013-07-06 09:18:37 PM  

icebergcomics: [socalip.files.wordpress.com image 170x260]
This iconic brand will be going away soon. 3rd generation owner is driving it into the ground.


Really? I think I know him.
 
2013-07-06 09:18:47 PM  
Ironically, I am reading this on a Compaq computer....
 
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