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20 Worst Product Failures

Zac Frank and Tania Khadder

eVilla

Sony


Back in 2001, Sony released an internet appliance eVIlla. Unfortunately for the electronics giant, this was around the same time that the market for such devices was fizzling out.

What were internet appliances? They were gadgets whose sole purpose was to provide access to the internet. With one core functionality, they were meant to be cheaper and easier to use than a personal computer. That didn’t last.

As computers became cheaper to manufacture, and more user-friendly, the need for internet appliances became totally obsolete. Why pay $499 for Sony’s substandard eVilla, when you can get a fully-equipped desktop computer for around the same price? Two months after its release, the product was pulled.

But you’ve got to hand it to Sony for appreciating the extent of its failure. The company offered customers a full refund, including the $21.99 they’d been paying for monthly internet access.

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