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2014-01-23 11:48:39 PM
The only thing I can think of that I remember about Quizno's is their commercials were made by a blind man and a bin of printed out clipart.

What kind of company are they, anyway?  Remedial education?
 
2014-01-23 11:49:53 PM
The only two brands that possibly rate as "iconic" in that entire ridiculous article are JC Penny and Blackberry.
 
2014-01-23 11:51:22 PM
Red Lobster, too, but only because of their biscuits, a taste for which I'd kill about three or four of the posters in here.
 
2014-01-23 11:51:37 PM

Cpl.D: The only thing I can think of that I remember about Quizno's is their commercials were made by a blind man and a bin of printed out clipart.

What kind of company are they, anyway?  Remedial education?


They once made good sandwiches. Than they farked over their franchise owners with high costs, and than decided that cutting food quality and portion sizes would be a great path to success.
 
2014-01-23 11:54:01 PM
Fourth post, so I think I'm safe.
 
2014-01-23 11:54:28 PM
It's Quiznos.
 
2014-01-23 11:55:42 PM
With regards to "sit down" restaurants, they hit the nail on the head:

offer the same food prices without having to tip someone for bringing it to your table

This is a huge factor in my daily lunch choice. Do I really want to spend $15 on the same meal I can get down the street for $10, just to have some frumpy woman bring it out to me?
 
2014-01-23 11:55:50 PM
3. Zynga

cdn.ientry.com

/Ha, what a maroon
 
2014-01-23 11:56:05 PM

GBmanNC: Cpl.D: The only thing I can think of that I remember about Quizno's is their commercials were made by a blind man and a bin of printed out clipart.

What kind of company are they, anyway?  Remedial education?

They once made good sandwiches. Than they farked over their franchise owners with high costs, and than decided that cutting food quality and portion sizes would be a great path to success.


When there was one near me (since closed) I'd go occasionally, but the prices were high for what you received, and I'm not a fan of sesame seed rolls.  It was still a huge improvement over Subway, who's success is truly baffling, it's easily the worst sub chain out there in terms of food quality.
 
2014-01-23 11:57:42 PM
I ate at Quiznos once.

That was enough.

I'd hate to see them die though, competition is always good to keep prices (at Subway) down. :)
 
2014-01-23 11:57:54 PM
subway meat is all slimy

little kings for the win
 
2014-01-23 11:58:17 PM

TuteTibiImperes: GBmanNC: Cpl.D: The only thing I can think of that I remember about Quizno's is their commercials were made by a blind man and a bin of printed out clipart.

What kind of company are they, anyway?  Remedial education?

They once made good sandwiches. Than they farked over their franchise owners with high costs, and than decided that cutting food quality and portion sizes would be a great path to success.

When there was one near me (since closed) I'd go occasionally, but the prices were high for what you received, and I'm not a fan of sesame seed rolls.  It was still a huge improvement over Subway, who's success is truly baffling, it's easily the worst sub chain out there in terms of food quality.


5

5 dollar

5 dollar footlongs
 
2014-01-23 11:59:43 PM
Quiznos lost me a few years back when it seemed like the sizes of the sandwiches got smaller, but the price went up. I would also get coupons in the mail, but when I tried to use them at the location nearby work, they weren't valid because that particular franchise didn't honor them. WTF?

I'd rather just go to Jimmy Johns instead because they have a drive thru, and it's good stuff.
 
2014-01-24 12:00:56 AM

Omahawg: subway meat is all slimy

little kings for the win


Togos is good too, if you have one close.  They're primarily on the West Coast though.  I vastly preferred them over Subway when I lived out that way.. Don't have one close any more, though. :/
 
2014-01-24 12:01:27 AM

TuteTibiImperes: GBmanNC: Cpl.D: The only thing I can think of that I remember about Quizno's is their commercials were made by a blind man and a bin of printed out clipart.

What kind of company are they, anyway?  Remedial education?

They once made good sandwiches. Than they farked over their franchise owners with high costs, and than decided that cutting food quality and portion sizes would be a great path to success.

When there was one near me (since closed) I'd go occasionally, but the prices were high for what you received, and I'm not a fan of sesame seed rolls.  It was still a huge improvement over Subway, who's success is truly baffling, it's easily the worst sub chain out there in terms of food quality.


You can get a hot, quick, freshly-made and consistent lunch for under $8 at Subway. It isn't great food, but it's cheap, the portions are big for the price, and you know what you're getting. You can easily feed an office or a soccer team or a lawncare crew for less than what a couple would pay for a dinner date.

It's baffling to me how one could e baffled by Subway's success.
 
2014-01-24 12:01:47 AM
In my lifetime, several once-iconic brands have disappeared or faded into a shadow of their former selves: F.W. Woolworth, Montgomery Ward, A&W, Columbia Records, Amana (makers of the first commercially successful microwave oven, the Radarange), PF Flyers, Prell, the list goes on and on.
 
2014-01-24 12:01:55 AM

Pocket Ninja: Red Lobster, too, but only because of their biscuits, a taste for which I'd kill about three or four of the posters in here.


Put shredded cheddar cheese into Bisquick, cook, then brush with garlic powder and parsley mixed into melted butter. Grill some crab, fish, or lobster yourself then enjoy a meal better than what Red Lobster cooks are able to cook.
 
2014-01-24 12:02:04 AM
Quiznos: Never had it
JC Penny: not since I was a kid
Zynga: never heard of it
Red Lobster: twice in 20 years
Blackberry: never had one
WNBA: one game, inaugural season
Volvo: never had one
Martha Stewart Magazine: is Seth Myers still SUPPOSEDLY, ALLEGEDLY, dating her?
Abercrombie:  not a penny


Omahawg: subway meat is all slimy


I love that preformed white-ish lump of chicken parts with the fake grill marks.  verrrrrrry appetizing.  at least mcdonald's has the decency to bread the chicken parts.
 
2014-01-24 12:02:15 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: With regards to "sit down" restaurants, they hit the nail on the head:

offer the same food prices without having to tip someone for bringing it to your table

This is a huge factor in my daily lunch choice. Do I really want to spend $15 on the same meal I can get down the street for $10, just to have some frumpy woman bring it out to me?


For a lunch break I prefer counter-service places just because they're faster.  The lower cost certainly a bonus, but having to rely on someone to bring you your food and drinks and then come back to process your payment slows things down.

For going out to dinner with people, sit down places are hands down the way to go, but if I'm on a time crunch or might have to rush back to the office if an appointment shows up early, I'd rather do the pay at the counter thing.
 
2014-01-24 12:02:18 AM

TuteTibiImperes: GBmanNC: Cpl.D: The only thing I can think of that I remember about Quizno's is their commercials were made by a blind man and a bin of printed out clipart.

What kind of company are they, anyway?  Remedial education?

They once made good sandwiches. Than they farked over their franchise owners with high costs, and than decided that cutting food quality and portion sizes would be a great path to success.

When there was one near me (since closed) I'd go occasionally, but the prices were high for what you received, and I'm not a fan of sesame seed rolls.  It was still a huge improvement over Subway, who's success is truly baffling, it's easily the worst sub chain out there in terms of food quality.


yeah I don't get subway's success either. If I wanted a sandwich that tasted like bread, I'd...eat a loaf of bread.
 
2014-01-24 12:03:12 AM
i.huffpost.com

No can dunk, but good fundamentals.
 
2014-01-24 12:04:08 AM
i.chzbgr.com
 
2014-01-24 12:04:23 AM
VW doing it right? They've basically reduced the quality of their products, and are importing even fewer cars from German each passing year. The result are vaguely german looking and sounding cars, built in the US or Mexico, with the same long term reliability problems that have plagued them for years.

Contrast this with Volvo which makes handsome cars that are well priced compared to other luxury brands, but with significantly better safety. Check out the IIHS small overlap tests for every segment that includes a Volvo model.
 
2014-01-24 12:04:24 AM
I wish I could get a 2014 phone with a physical qwerty that wasn't a Blackberry.  The last one Samsung put out was in late 2012.  I'm still using it.
 
2014-01-24 12:04:49 AM
Fark level difficulty: Subby is always some genius level pop culture God who knows better than anyone else what is "iconic" and what isn't.

I have no love for Quiznos, but I'm not so arrogant to think that my personal opinion on them is the "correct" one.
 
2014-01-24 12:06:23 AM

Mikey1969: Fark level difficulty: Subby is always some genius level pop culture God who knows better than anyone else what is "iconic" and what isn't.

I have no love for Quiznos, but I'm not so arrogant to think that my personal opinion on them is the "correct" one.


Maybe he meant ironic
 
2014-01-24 12:06:38 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: TuteTibiImperes: GBmanNC: Cpl.D: The only thing I can think of that I remember about Quizno's is their commercials were made by a blind man and a bin of printed out clipart.

What kind of company are they, anyway?  Remedial education?

They once made good sandwiches. Than they farked over their franchise owners with high costs, and than decided that cutting food quality and portion sizes would be a great path to success.

When there was one near me (since closed) I'd go occasionally, but the prices were high for what you received, and I'm not a fan of sesame seed rolls.  It was still a huge improvement over Subway, who's success is truly baffling, it's easily the worst sub chain out there in terms of food quality.

You can get a hot, quick, freshly-made and consistent lunch for under $8 at Subway. It isn't great food, but it's cheap, the portions are big for the price, and you know what you're getting. You can easily feed an office or a soccer team or a lawncare crew for less than what a couple would pay for a dinner date.

It's baffling to me how one could e baffled by Subway's success.


It may be consistent, but it's consistently on the poor side of mediocre.  Firehouse, Jersey Mike's, Pita Pit, Publix, etc, all make far superior sandwiches that don't cost that much more.

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that most people aren't willing to pay a bit more for quality, but a lunch at Subway is a sad lunch indeed.
 
2014-01-24 12:06:50 AM
Oh, and Arctic Circle. Damn, I miss Arctic Circle.
 
2014-01-24 12:08:27 AM
Volvo's mistake was assuming that anyone interested in buying a Volvo would feel the same after it was bought out by Chinese investors. That's actually the investors' mistake, I guess.

When you think of safety, China comes to mind immediately as an example of how to be completely unsafe.
 
2014-01-24 12:08:49 AM

Mark Ratner: seemed like the sizes of the sandwiches got smaller, but the price went up.


i know this is gonna sound like Fat Boy Jones, and it isn't, as I'll only eat McDonald's like twice a year, but.....yeah.  I had an egg mcmuffin and the frigging thing was the size of a small orange.  it still costs, you know, 1.99 or whatever, but......back in the day it was a good size.  now it is like an afterthought.

BMulligan: Columbia Records


remember that penny they'd include on the ad in the TV Guide, with all the records you could buy "FREE" for JUST ONE PENNY, that they sent you and included on the ad?  Me neither!
 
2014-01-24 12:09:39 AM
This list last year had Saab, but they've been bought out by a Chinese company and restarted production.
 
2014-01-24 12:11:16 AM

gar1013: VW doing it right? They've basically reduced the quality of their products, and are importing even fewer cars from German each passing year. The result are vaguely german looking and sounding cars, built in the US or Mexico, with the same long term reliability problems that have plagued them for years.

Contrast this with Volvo which makes handsome cars that are well priced compared to other luxury brands, but with significantly better safety. Check out the IIHS small overlap tests for every segment that includes a Volvo model.


The small overlap test is pretty new, and the other manufacturers will design their vehicles to excel in it now that the data is being published.  Volvo has led with a lot of safety features in the past, but everyone else ends up doing something to the same effect within a few years.  Plus, for most people, seeing a 4 or 5 star rating on the window sticker and knowing it has a lot of airbags means it's safe enough.

I do like Volvo cars, though I wish they hadn't given up the ghost on station wagons in the US.  I realize that nobody buys them, but I like them.
 
2014-01-24 12:12:34 AM

TuteTibiImperes: I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that most people aren't willing to pay a bit more for quality, but a lunch at Subway is a sad lunch indeed.


The secrets to enjoying Subway sandwiches are (a) don't get fancy; go with cold cuts, (b) be judicious in your selection of toppings and avoid the "lettuce" at all costs (not that I'd ever voluntarily tolerate lettuce on a sandwich anyway), and (c) get the 9-grain bread. I'm actually pretty picky about sandwiches, but it's perfectly possible to get a tasty and satisfying lunch at Subway. Not as good as a small, indie sub shop, but way better than Quiznos or Jimmy Johns.
 
2014-01-24 12:13:22 AM

Ditto: I wish I could get a 2014 phone with a physical qwerty that wasn't a Blackberry.  The last one Samsung put out was in late 2012.  I'm still using it.


My new Motorola has a slide out keyboard.
 
2014-01-24 12:14:21 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: mistake was assuming that anyone interested in buying a Volvo DOC FREAKING MARTEN'S would feel the same after it they was were bought out by Chinese investors.


FTFY
 
2014-01-24 12:14:41 AM

BMulligan: Oh, and Arctic Circle. Damn, I miss Arctic Circle.


My dad told me about them. He said they figured out some way to pressurize grease under the crust. Forty five years later and he still talks about it all the time.
 
2014-01-24 12:14:53 AM

TuteTibiImperes: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: TuteTibiImperes: GBmanNC: Cpl.D: The only thing I can think of that I remember about Quizno's is their commercials were made by a blind man and a bin of printed out clipart.

What kind of company are they, anyway?  Remedial education?

They once made good sandwiches. Than they farked over their franchise owners with high costs, and than decided that cutting food quality and portion sizes would be a great path to success.

When there was one near me (since closed) I'd go occasionally, but the prices were high for what you received, and I'm not a fan of sesame seed rolls.  It was still a huge improvement over Subway, who's success is truly baffling, it's easily the worst sub chain out there in terms of food quality.

You can get a hot, quick, freshly-made and consistent lunch for under $8 at Subway. It isn't great food, but it's cheap, the portions are big for the price, and you know what you're getting. You can easily feed an office or a soccer team or a lawncare crew for less than what a couple would pay for a dinner date.

It's baffling to me how one could e baffled by Subway's success.

It may be consistent, but it's consistently on the poor side of mediocre.  Firehouse, Jersey Mike's, Pita Pit, Publix, etc, all make far superior sandwiches that don't cost that much more.

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that most people aren't willing to pay a bit more for quality, but a lunch at Subway is a sad lunch indeed.


Well sure, if you can find one or don't mind driving 10 miles.  There's not a single one in Downtown Houston for instance, whereas there's like 20 Subways.  And if you work in Downtown Houston, it's generally waaaaaay too much trouble to drive anywhere for lunch.
 
2014-01-24 12:14:56 AM

TuteTibiImperes: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: TuteTibiImperes: GBmanNC: Cpl.D: The only thing I can think of that I remember about Quizno's is their commercials were made by a blind man and a bin of printed out clipart.

What kind of company are they, anyway?  Remedial education?

They once made good sandwiches. Than they farked over their franchise owners with high costs, and than decided that cutting food quality and portion sizes would be a great path to success.

When there was one near me (since closed) I'd go occasionally, but the prices were high for what you received, and I'm not a fan of sesame seed rolls.  It was still a huge improvement over Subway, who's success is truly baffling, it's easily the worst sub chain out there in terms of food quality.

You can get a hot, quick, freshly-made and consistent lunch for under $8 at Subway. It isn't great food, but it's cheap, the portions are big for the price, and you know what you're getting. You can easily feed an office or a soccer team or a lawncare crew for less than what a couple would pay for a dinner date.

It's baffling to me how one could e baffled by Subway's success.

It may be consistent, but it's consistently on the poor side of mediocre.  Firehouse, Jersey Mike's, Pita Pit, Publix, etc, all make far superior sandwiches that don't cost that much more.

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that most people aren't willing to pay a bit more for quality, but a lunch at Subway is a sad lunch indeed.


I fully agree about the quality, but with their "five dollar foot longs" they come in at about half the cost of a comparably-sized sandwich at Firehouse or Jersey Mikes.

For a lot of blue collar guys out there, being able to get a hot, filling sandwich for 5 bucks is a big selling point.
 
2014-01-24 12:15:29 AM

gar1013: VW doing it right? They've basically reduced the quality of their products, and are importing even fewer cars from German each passing year. The result are vaguely german looking and sounding cars, built in the US or Mexico, with the same long term reliability problems that have plagued them for years.



VW has been importing cars from Mexico for decades; it staggers me that people think this is some new thing.
 
2014-01-24 12:15:53 AM

TuteTibiImperes: It may be consistent, but it's consistently on the poor side of mediocre.  Firehouse, Jersey Mike's, Pita Pit, Publix, etc, all make far superior sandwiches that don't cost that much more.

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that most people aren't willing to pay a bit more for quality, but a lunch at Subway is a sad lunch indeed.


I like the subs that Safeway make....

/Chicken, bacon and guacamole toasted sub...
//Mmmmmm.......
///Dammit, now I'm hungry.
 
2014-01-24 12:16:21 AM

Cpl.D: The only thing I can think of that I remember about Quizno's is their commercials were made by a blind man and a bin of printed out clipart.

What kind of company are they, anyway?  Remedial education?


Or the oh so successful sponge monkey campaign.

i.imgur.com

They still haunt my dreams.
 
2014-01-24 12:16:42 AM
Quizno's is okay, but I prefer Firehouse.  Now them's good eats!
 
2014-01-24 12:17:12 AM
Iconic as in "will appear in textbooks forever as the example of how not to set up a franchise model".

I think Quiznos lasted about 3 months in Australia before they all got replaced by noodle joints.
 
2014-01-24 12:17:53 AM
Quiznos: Used to eat it in grad school only because my meal plan covered it
JCPenney: I like their clothing and prices...begrudgingly
Zynga: Crappy "games" that require you to pay or annoy the crap out of your friends
Red Lobster: Meh, I don't like seafood
BlackBerry: I owned one a few years ago and liked it--but I'm not a fan of the new ones
WNBA: I can't breathe I'm laughing so hard
Volvo: Solid driver's cars, but a bit boring
Martha Stewart Magazine: She was in prison, but they still let her have a magazine? Wow...
Abercrombie: Go die in a fire
 
2014-01-24 12:18:34 AM

TuteTibiImperes: gar1013: VW doing it right? They've basically reduced the quality of their products, and are importing even fewer cars from German each passing year. The result are vaguely german looking and sounding cars, built in the US or Mexico, with the same long term reliability problems that have plagued them for years.

Contrast this with Volvo which makes handsome cars that are well priced compared to other luxury brands, but with significantly better safety. Check out the IIHS small overlap tests for every segment that includes a Volvo model.

The small overlap test is pretty new, and the other manufacturers will design their vehicles to excel in it now that the data is being published.  Volvo has led with a lot of safety features in the past, but everyone else ends up doing something to the same effect within a few years.  Plus, for most people, seeing a 4 or 5 star rating on the window sticker and knowing it has a lot of airbags means it's safe enough.

I do like Volvo cars, though I wish they hadn't given up the ghost on station wagons in the US.  I realize that nobody buys them, but I like them.


The XC90 gets the highest rating on the small overlap test despite the fact that it's one of the oldest models of any car still on the market in this country - the fact that companies like BMW and Lexus post lousy results on the test is pathetic.

Volvo still sells the XC70 because many people like their wagons jacked-up-ified....Subaru has made the exact same move. That being said, the V60 is now in showrooms, so they do have a normal ride height wagon.

I saw a V40 the other day - not sold in this country but brought over by Volvo to test out technology - or at least that was the story that the employee gave me. :) It's a great looking little car.
 
2014-01-24 12:18:46 AM
9. Abercrombie & Fitch

But...where will I get my douchey, fratboy-wannabe bro-wear now?

/pouts...
//...in a vaguely homoerotic way
 
2014-01-24 12:18:55 AM

Ted_Crisp: Cpl.D: The only thing I can think of that I remember about Quizno's is their commercials were made by a blind man and a bin of printed out clipart.

What kind of company are they, anyway?  Remedial education?

Or the oh so successful sponge monkey campaign.

[i.imgur.com image 500x373]

They still haunt my dreams.


Christ I forgot about those.

WTF were they smoking to think that was a good idea?
 
2014-01-24 12:19:15 AM
 
2014-01-24 12:19:30 AM

Dwight_Yeast: gar1013: VW doing it right? They've basically reduced the quality of their products, and are importing even fewer cars from German each passing year. The result are vaguely german looking and sounding cars, built in the US or Mexico, with the same long term reliability problems that have plagued them for years.


VW has been importing cars from Mexico for decades; it staggers me that people think this is some new thing.


It isn't new, but the fact that they will starting making Golfs there for our market is new.
 
2014-01-24 12:19:36 AM

BMulligan: In my lifetime, several once-iconic brands have disappeared or faded into a shadow of their former selves: F.W. Woolworth, Montgomery Ward, A&W, Columbia Records, Amana (makers of the first commercially successful microwave oven, the Radarange), PF Flyers, Prell, the list goes on and on.


Oldsmobile, Tandy, Columbia Pictures, United Artists, Bell & Howell, Eastman Kodak...

Life moves on.
 
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