Posted by: coastcontact | January 7, 2014

Predicted to Disappear in 2014

I was listening to a radio program, while driving, that was listing predictions of product changes in 2014. The one that caught my attention is the end of digital cameras. The reason is the impact of smartphones. Those phones have excellent built in cameras that are getting even better with every new version. They provide both still and video formats. Why carry around a camera when similar quality is available in your phone? So it appears to be a goodbye to most digital cameras. The high end single lens reflex cameras costing $1,000 or more for well off hobbyists and professionals will continue to be available.

What about other predictions?

24/7 Wall Street offered their take of 10 brands that will disappear in 2014:
JC_Penney_store,_Aventura_Mall_(Aventura,_Florida,_2006)1. J.C. Penney department stores
2. Barnes & Noble’s Nook reader
3. Martha Stewart Living Magazine
4. LivingSocial, a daily deals website similar to Groupon
5. Volvo cars in the United States
6. Olympus camera
7. Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Los Angeles Sparks have already discontinued functioning
8. Leap Wireless, a very small competitor to AT&T and Verizon
9. Mitsubishi Motors in the United States
10. Road & Track auto magazine

24/7 forgot to include Incandescent Light Bulbs. Maybe some will still be available in 2015 but it will be very few. Sears department stores are also in serious trouble as the company is in its third year of losses.

Can you add anything to this list?


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