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30 Occasions Individuals Made The Worst Enterprise Choices Ever, As Shared In This On-line Thread

30 Occasions Individuals Made The Worst Enterprise Choices Ever, As Shared In This On-line Thread

30 Occasions Individuals Made The Worst Enterprise Choices Ever, As Shared In This On-line Thread In my hometown there was an unbiased quick meals and selfmade ice cream place, lengthy established and run by shut mates. It was a goldmine. They determined to promote and retire. New house owners instantly modified the whole lot. Painted it a wild shade, eliminated some sights on the grounds, modified the 60 12 months previous menu and switched to commercially made ice cream. They lasted 8 months.

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We obtained an interview with Ulrike Schaede, a professor of Japanese enterprise on the College of California, San Diego. She gave us some superb solutions about enterprise and the way to run one. Firstly, we requested what the worst enterprise determination she’s ever seen or heard of was: “Any determination that destroys an organization is dangerous, particularly whether it is the results of a big gamble (i.e., the dangers have been recognized on the time of determination). Toshiba invested in nuclear energy solely as a result of their principal home competitor did, with out the flexibility of operating an intensive due diligence of what they have been shopping for.

One other model of this isn’t doing what’s required to save lots of the corporate’s future. For instance, Blockbuster rejected overtures from Netflix to merge. They did not see that Netflix had the long run discovered, they usually hadn’t. Barnes & Noble may have gone on-line a lot sooner and launched a ‘click on & mortar’ play. Kodak ought to have moved to changing into a supplies and digital imaging firm a lot sooner (like their competitor Fujifilm did, efficiently). And, my favourite: Sears, the biggest catalog and retailer within the U.S. and the world in its day, failing to place the catalog on-line early.”

30 Times People Made The Worst Business Decisions Ever, As Shared In This Online Thread I used to work for a corporation that was bleeding cash. So as to attempt to get monetary savings, they determined to cease honoring returns/refunds, however nonetheless marketed that they did.

Each time somebody would ask for a refund, you have been supposed to inform the person who it could be processed within the subsequent 6-8 weeks, then get them off the cellphone.

6-8 weeks later, once they ask the place their cash is, you have been presupposed to apologize and say their paperwork obtained put within the incorrect stack, and that it could be put within the right stack and would then be processed within the subsequent 6-8 weeks.

In the event that they complained in regards to the size of time, you have been supposed to inform them you possibly can ask your supervisor to expedite it, and they need to see it in 4-6 weeks as an alternative.

In the event that they threatened authorized motion after months and months, you have been supposed to inform them to contact the corporate authorized division ( we did not have an organization authorized division) after which cling up on them. Then, make a remark of their account. Nobody ought to area calls from that account additional.

Greater than half the decision middle give up in a single week in protest of this determination.

Firm collapsed in on itself inside a number of months.

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30 Times People Made The Worst Business Decisions Ever, As Shared In This Online Thread A developer my dad labored with offered off a lovely piece of land subsequent to a river in a really fascinating space, he offered it to a different developer. The brand new developer lower down each tree on the 6 acre website, as he stated, “he wished to see what he had”. The land then began to slip into the river, rendering it nugatory *and* ugly.

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Ulrike Schaede additionally gave some perception about the primary errors new enterprise house owners make: “To be a lot in love with their enterprise concept that they do not see – or hear – doable the explanation why it might not work out. That is notably true for tech inventors, who’re so satisfied that their know-how is the perfect that they overlook that the customers must be offered on the brand new worth proposition. But it surely applies to non-disruptive companies as effectively, like eating places or espresso retailers.”

I by no means perceive adverts that begin off insulting me. There’s one I see on YouTube on a regular basis that begins with “your skincare routine sucks” and goes on to strive bullying me into shopping for their product…. like that’s the easiest way to get me to keep away from your online business in any respect prices even when it is perhaps a great product

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30 Times People Made The Worst Business Decisions Ever, As Shared In This Online Thread There was a buying plaza close to me with a pretty big reward retailer. Not a present store within the museum sense, principally like a Hallmark retailer however unbiased. It wasn’t precisely bustling, however they apparently did strong enterprise and lots of people in the neighborhood actually appreciated having it there as a spot to purchase items and wrapping paper and such. The house owners of the buying plaza increase rents to the purpose that the store goes out of enterprise. The explanation this was silly is that the shop entrance sat vacant for like 15 complete years. Significantly, this place closed once I was a toddler and I’m now 27 and the emptiness was solely taken over very lately. If their purpose in elevating the hire was to have a extra worthwhile retailer transfer in to that area, they definitely failed and missed out on a long time of hire in consequence.

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She additionally shared some necessary ideas: “To beat the bias in overestimating the final notion of 1’s enterprise idea, run all concepts and steps by a trusted, skilled one who isn’t invested in your online business. Ask them to be brutally trustworthy always. Then, hearken to them, work out what they’re sensing, and form your strategic responses to deal with their issues.”

There’s a significant ice cream place in my hometown. Large constructing, vacationer attraction kind of factor. Then the proprietor determined to put up up an “all hail trump” signal. And once I say signal, I imply an enormous tarp on the entrance of the shop that you may see throughout city. I dwell in a liberal minded city. Enterprise instantly went down the shitter.

What was as soon as a bustling retailer is lifeless empty on Saturdays.

EDIT: the signal was really “In Trump we belief.” However each principally imply the identical factor. Signal was nonetheless an enormous a*s tarp.

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30 Times People Made The Worst Business Decisions Ever, As Shared In This Online Thread My late nice uncle began a fish and chips restaurant. He had his personal distinctive recipe for the fish and it was highly regarded. Businessmen had supplied him 1000’s in money for it over time, however he at all times declined. After about 40 or so years, he determined to retire and hand the enterprise over to an formidable latest school grad. He supplied to present her the recipe and even volunteer his companies for a bit whereas she obtained comfy in her new position as proprietor. She declined each and inside a 12 months, she was compelled to promote the restaurant after coming near declaring chapter. My nice uncle died and took the recipe with him to his grave

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Ulrike Schaede shared what the primary issues with companies lately are: “The need of velocity, attributable to the short-term tendencies of markets, has led to too many concepts which are half-cooked. The idea of ‘lean startup’ was very insightful and helpful when it was first conceived some 15 years in the past, because it launched the ‘ok’ idea to get firms going. However the pendulum has swung too far within the different route. If a startup is just too lean, it might not have the stamina and assist community it takes to run the enterprise marathon.”

30 Times People Made The Worst Business Decisions Ever, As Shared In This Online Thread Cafe I work for determined it wished to fireside everybody aside from the leads and the supervisor. Then informed the supervisor they weren’t paying her wage anymore AND she wanted to tackle extra work. Assumed individuals would do it as a result of they “love their jobs”

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30 Times People Made The Worst Business Decisions Ever, As Shared In This Online Thread Property administration firm I used to work for had quite a few pupil properties and high-rises that have been at all times a battle to fill in the summertime months when college students went out of city.

Head workplace got here up with a suggestion that anybody who signed for 2 years obtained the 4 summer time months at 50% off. Seems like a great deal, 50% hire is significantly better than zero. We signed tons of scholars.

Nonetheless the lease templates that head workplace despatched over confirmed the lowered hire charge on the lease reasonably than simply including the low cost as a separate addendum. I observed this discrepancy and reported it – and was subsequently ignored.

Which meant the scholars have been signing a authorized doc that assured them 50% hire for 2 years.

The corporate misplaced lots of of 1000’s in income.

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30 Times People Made The Worst Business Decisions Ever, As Shared In This Online Thread I labored for a video retailer in the course of the time Discovering Nemo got here out on DVD. The video retailer I labored for obtained an enormous fishtank put inside. It was so large they needed to shrink the sport rental part. The tank had clown fish in it. The tank was additionally locked and we could not feed the fish or clear it. This was presupposed to be executed by somebody who I by no means noticed are available. So the tank ended up full of a bunch of lifeless Nemos in a nasty as f**ok tank. Evidently mother and father have been very sad about it. The native paper did a small article about it too which did not assist an already dying retailer. I don’t know what they thought an costly as Hell fish tank would do for his or her enterprise.

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30 Times People Made The Worst Business Decisions Ever, As Shared In This Online Thread Take a assist desk that has been persistently rated extraordinarily effectively by its clients for his or her first-call-resolve, perspective, and helpfulness; outsource it to an organization that is been rated in direction of the underside of the record for over a decade as a result of it prices lower than the salaries/advantages of your former in home assist desk. Then complain when your first-call-resolve drops via the ground and your buyer satisfaction is at an all time low.

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30 Times People Made The Worst Business Decisions Ever, As Shared In This Online Thread There’s a storefront in my metropolis that opened mid pandemic. They’re a sweet retailer. Easy sufficient proper? They promote as couture, luxurious sweet. They’ve a retailer in probably the most excessive visitors space of town and due to this fact pay astounding rental charges.

All they’ve is peach rings and gummy worms repackaged into glass jars with twist off lids.

Whoever determined to open this enterprise will need to have no household who care sufficient about them to take them apart and be like “Aunt Lynda, this can be a f****n silly concept”

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Small firm I used to work for employed a man who had been laid off from a earlier job – let’s name him Jeff. He had some enterprise administration expertise, however the firm’s philosophy was “everybody begins on the backside” (that alone is a horrible enterprise apply, however not what I am referring to). Eight months after Jeff is employed, the workplace supervisor walks out as a result of a disagreement with the proprietor. Proprietor duties Jeff with doing the previous supervisor’s job and tells him “for those who do effectively sufficient, we’ll provide the job completely.” Jeff completely killed it; he dealt with problematic clients with persistence, delegated duties to individuals he knew may deal with them bets, and applied a number of programs that made the enterprise run extra easily. The vacations roll round and the house owners rent a brand new individual from out of state – we’ll name her Janice. Janice has an identical story to Jeff’s; thought she had a gentle job, obtained let go unexpectedly, wanted something that would pay the payments. Moderately than begin Janice from the underside like they did with each different worker, they’d her shadow Jeff within the occasion Jeff went on trip or was hit by a truck. Is sensible, I assume. Once more, Jeff rolled with it; Janice was fairly sluggish to study something and outright acknowledged there have been some components of his job she wouldn’t do beneath any circumstances, however she’d do in a pinch.

I discussed that they employed Janice across the holidays as a result of the corporate at all times shut down the week between Christmas and New 12 months. The final working day earlier than the shut down, the corporate had a small celebration, and whereas one of many two house owners went with Janice to choose up the pizza, the opposite proprietor stated “Jeff, you’ve got executed an superior job this 12 months and have been an asset to our firm. Take the remainder of the time without work (after the celebration, in fact), and whenever you come again in January we’ll have a speak about your future right here.” Everybody was considering “alright, cool! Jeff’s gonna get promoted.” Yeah, no. It took a number of months for the reality to come back out, however this is what occurred: The house owners determined that whereas Jeff was a improbable supervisor, he did not have the “face” they wished for his or her enterprise – they a lot most well-liked a slender blonde girl to be the primary individual their clients noticed as an alternative of the tall burly man who appeared like he simply crawled out of the woods behind the place. So even supposing Jeff had virtually carried the corporate for eight months, they gave Janice the promotion as an alternative. When Jeff protested and stated they’d promised him the job, they claimed they by no means promised him something and he “must be glad to actually have a job on this economic system.” If that wasn’t dangerous sufficient, this is the place it will get worse: the “discuss” the house owners had with Jeff was “as a thanks for maintaining us going, we’re providing you with a small increase and altering you from hourly to wage – so when you will not make extra time pay anymore, your paycheck ought to nonetheless match what you have been making beforehand.”

Naturally, the house owners did not inform everybody they’d screwed over their greatest worker – they only informed anybody who requested that he turned down their provide and compelled them to present it to Janice as an alternative. When Jeff discovered they have been mendacity about what occurred, he determined to (metaphorically) burn the place down. When he was coaching Janice, he would save her earlier than she made a giant mistake and despite the fact that high quality management wasn’t ever his job, he was actually good about catching errors earlier than they went out the door. If Janice could not determine one thing out, he’d inform her he was busy (which was normally true) and for her to get another person. If she or the house owners demanded he drop what he was doing to help her, he’d do the minimal crucial and infrequently make an offhand remark to the house owners about her incapability to do the job unassisted.

After virtually two months, Jeff obtained referred to as into the workplace the place the managers threatened to fireside him if he did not form up – he requested them to level to what facet of his job they have been sad with, and the whole lot they replied was met with “that was my activity once I was the performing supervisor, now that you’ve got a supervisor, that’s not my accountability.” They tried to counter that he was the *assistant* supervisor, however he responded that his official title of their system was nonetheless “knowledgeable” (i.e. common worker) and that he hadn’t agreed to just accept a place as an assistant. They tried to say “high quality, you are an assistant supervisor now”, however he declined the place; they replied “you possibly can’t refuse this, we’re making you the assistant supervisor”. Jeff shot again with “Oh? Properly based on the lie you informed everybody within the store, I ‘declined’ the place you gave Janice. Now you need to inform me I am unable to refuse a promotion when it fits you? For those who do that, I’ll do two issues: I’ll give up proper now, on the spot, and on my manner out the door I’ll inform everybody within the store each element about the way you stabbed me within the again.” The actual fact you are studying this now ought to let you know what alternative the house owners made.

What’s humorous about that is that Jeff was really disillusioned to give up the way in which he did – he had a brand new job lined up and was beginning the very subsequent Monday, however he hoped to drive the house owners to the purpose they tried to tug the “it is best to really feel fortunate to have a job” line once more. Anyway, Jeff loved every week of unscheduled day off and went on to better issues, and the corporate realized simply how a lot they relied on him. Janice give up about three weeks later as a result of she “could not deal with the stress”, and the house owners really fired me for placing in my 2 weeks discover once I obtained a job provide elsewhere. Someway the house owners stored the place going for about two extra years earlier than folding, though I hear they moved elsewhere within the state and tried once more.

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I’d go along with Mao’s nice leap ahead. Taking hundreds of thousands of farmers away from farming to allow them to make s****y metal from any scrap steel they will discover and 20-40 million individuals die within the ensuing famine and China finally ends up with decrease annual metal manufacturing.

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30 Times People Made The Worst Business Decisions Ever, As Shared In This Online Thread There was a Tex-Mex place I cherished in Fairbanks, Alaska. The meals wasn’t GREAT, but it surely was constant, and the costs have been truthful.

Properly, a brand new proprietor got here in, they usually determined to revamp it right into a high quality eating steak home. $30 was just about the bottom price you may get for an merchandise, and this was in a neighborhood that had a considerable crime charge and was proper throughout the road from the bikini barista and the marijuana dispensary.

I ended going, they usually went beneath shortly thereafter. I walked in as soon as earlier than the place closed down, and it was dreary and empty they usually had tried to convey a few of the classics again to the menu, but it surely was far too late by then.

You have been too good for this world, Los Amigos.

Thewrongbakedpotato , Radio Saigón Report

Round final 12 months this time of 12 months, I do know somebody of their early 50’s that offered all of their investments (at a major dip from the highs) and determined to start out producing and promoting hand sanitizer in little bottles out of their storage. Seeing it as a giant alternative with the virus.

They spent the whole lot on the bottles, labels, plastic drums stuffed with sanitizer (at an enormous markup), hiring locals individuals to fill the bottles and put the labels on, after which a web site. By the point they’d stock, they realized that they could not compete on value with locations like Walmart or different large field shops that had lastly caught as much as the shortages by mid-summer. In addition they did not understand that promoting on Amazon was gated for that class so that you had no likelihood of promoting via there as a brand new vendor. So now they principally have a storage stuffed with previous hand sanitizer, and no financial savings.

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This one entails my Dad. Again within the ’80s he determined he wished to show individuals the way to use Lotus 123, Excel, MS Phrase, and so forth. So he purchased a bunch of computer systems for a classroom, and he wrote interactive studying applications, and printed out manuals and such. Even with out promoting, he had individuals asking to affix his class BUT … he was by no means fairly prepared. This Lotus 123 program may use extra work. He wasn’t prepared for a category, this MS Phrase tutorial is not fairly executed. The perfectionist in him would not let him expose the lower than good applications/class to individuals … simply but. He turned down paying clients for worry that it wasn’t simply good. He had taken a mortgage out from a pal to finance this, however by no means made a dime. He paid the mortgage again by promoting our cottage, one thing he regrets to this present day. And why? As a result of he was afraid to be flawed.

That taught me a lesson although, because the previous saying goes “Good is the enemy of executed”. He may simply have made cash and taught his lessons, refining the applications to pupil suggestions. He may have lined deficiencies by instructing in individual. He was afraid it wasn’t good, so it was by no means executed. We do not speak about it, or the cottage that we constructed collectively (we had the muse and construction constructed by execs, then the entire household pitched in to construct the inside after we have been teenagers).

It saddens me extra as a result of it was what he wished to do, and he went for it … however not fairly.

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30 Times People Made The Worst Business Decisions Ever, As Shared In This Online Thread Circuit Metropolis was fairly silly. When the recession hit, they determined to cease promoting home equipment and as an alternative deal with DVDs and televisions and such. (Home equipment are generally known as being a recession proof merchandise. Individuals at all times want fridges and microwaves. They do not want DVDs.) In addition they wished to chop down on labor prices, in order that they fired a variety of managers and assistant managers, and simply left a variety of entry degree workers as a result of they have been cheaper to pay. Properly, entry degree workers do not actually know the way to totally run a retailer, so just about each Circuit Metropolis turned dogshit.

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30 Times People Made The Worst Business Decisions Ever, As Shared In This Online Thread Within the early days of the non-public pc, a reasonably outstanding developer Osborne went tits up as a result of they confirmed off their new mannequin far upfront of when it was really going to be out there. So predictably sellers instantly cancelled all orders for his or her present pc mannequin in preparation for the brand new improved model. Stock stacked up they usually have been bankrupt earlier than the brand new mannequin ever got here out…..
Its generally known as the Osborne Impact.

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30 Times People Made The Worst Business Decisions Ever, As Shared In This Online Thread A radio station i used to hearken to lately modified their format from 80% music, 20% discuss present to 100% discuss present. Then they have been like “oh you possibly can nonetheless hearken to the music but it surely’s solely going to be on our app.”

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30 Times People Made The Worst Business Decisions Ever, As Shared In This Online Thread I labored for a design/printing place for years, and the proprietor went from superb concept to silly concept regularly. do not get me incorrect – man is a superb designer, completely took benefit of latest tech each likelihood he may and made it work.

However – he was low-cost and grasping, so, ruined what would have been profitable long run enterprise relationships.

So – we did this large order of promo provides for a reasonably large on-line on line casino. large, for him. a couple of 20k order, with good margins, and the possibility at long run work with this firm.

Whereas it was being picked up, on the spur of the second, he decides to pad the invoice by about 200 bucks. the man selecting it up was the son of the on line casino proprietor, and actually watched the boss do that whereas I stood at teh until.

The client seems to be at me, smiles, and pays the invoice. With an enormous wad of money. And says “I do know it isn’t your fault, however – my household may be very rich. We did not get that manner letting individuals rip us off. Inform the boss over within the nook he simply f****d himself out of some huge cash, as a result of we cherished the work.” in a voice meant to hold.

Edit to make clear who was paying. And padding means he elevated the invoice over what he had quoted the job to price.

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Sport store in my space had an incredible marketing strategy. That they had common tournaments and video games and a candy membership plan.

Ten {dollars} monthly and also you get a reduction on tournaments in addition to a ten greenback reward card. Primarily it simply incentivized each single one who went there for any kind of occasion to spend a minimal of $10 monthly.

They did nice for about 2 years after which determined to vary the membership so that you simply not obtained the $10 reward card and the shop began prioritizing D&D teams over aggressive gaming teams. This is not dangerous, in concept, other than the truth that D&D gamers weren’t paying for entry they usually tended to spend much less cash. So that they basically chased away the purchasers who spent probably the most whereas eradicating the motivation for anybody to subscribe. The variety of ‘clients’ they’d per day did barely enhance however the quantity they have been spending, on common, dropped considerably they usually went out of enterprise shortly after.

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30 Times People Made The Worst Business Decisions Ever, As Shared In This Online Thread Panera Cares opening lower than a mile from my school campus.

For many who do not know, Panera Cares principally simply allow you to order meals and would record a “urged donation” primarily based on what you ordered, however finally it was honor system. The cashiers would simply make change for you so you may put money within the donation field. If you cannot afford a meal it is high quality to not pay however you’re *supposed* to volunteer to work for 2 hours to cowl it, however this is not really required.

I feel usually these items are presupposed to be for actually prosperous neighborhoods the place individuals most likely donate much more than is “urged.” However college students from the school principally turned it into an actual life Tragedy of the Commons experiment. There was virtually by no means bread out there as a result of everybody would simply take it. The strains have been insane and other people would donate like $1 if something. It closed inside a 12 months lol.

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My previous firm was internationally recognized in our trade as being one of many ultimate locations to be. We may rent principally anyone on this planet in our area to maneuver and work in our workplace. It was such a f*****g superior place to work.

The CEO determined to money out when a bigger firm barely associated to our trade determined to purchase us. The brand new firm principally gutted the whole lot that made it nice, then rushed to go public. The worker inventory choices have been pennies they usually drastically lower advantages. Each time there was a criticism the reply was “possibly you do not perceive our imaginative and prescient” or “effectively we’re a public firm now.” In addition they removed our workplace which was situated in one of many hottest LA neighborhoods that everyone cherished.

Greater than half of the OG senior members have left and numerous others are rumored to go away. I used to be compelled to start out aiding in hiring and it was grueling. Individuals would apply believing it was our previous firm, then discover out what’s up and go elsewhere. Oh, and the inventory is plummeting.

I hate the truth that what as soon as was is over. These f***s ruined one thing nice.

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**Insert Yahoo dangerous enterprise choices**

1998: Yahoo refuses to purchase Google for 1 million {dollars}

2004: Yahoo tries to purchase Google for 3 billion {dollars}. Google asks for five billion. Yahoo refuses once more.

2008: Yahoo turns down an acquisition provide from Microsoft for 40 billion {dollars}.

2016: Yahoo offered to Verizon for 4.6 billion

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30 Times People Made The Worst Business Decisions Ever, As Shared In This Online Thread Tumblr banning porn was an enormous mistake what turned a related and extremely profiting social platform right into a barely recognized failure.

It was value multiple billion {dollars} and obtained offered for 3 million, it took solely a 12 months for its visitors to vanish and the price of the service to lose 99.9% value.

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30 Times People Made The Worst Business Decisions Ever, As Shared In This Online Thread I labored at Hollywood Video from 2006 to 2009. At the moment Netflix was rising by leaps and bounds and our income was dwindling from 12 months to 12 months.

As a substitute of copying Netflix’s mannequin and utilizing their extra recognizable model title to edge them out of enterprise, Hollywood shrugged their shoulders and continued renting single DVDs for $4.99 for 3 days plus late charges.

The place they at now?

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Kodak refusing to push digital cameras / images, and as an alternative specializing in movie cameras. If I recall appropriately, I feel Kodak was one of many first firms to create a digital digital camera, however as an alternative of capitalizing on it, they sat on the know-how and centered on movie growth.

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The man who took the choice to refuse The Beatles for his file firm should be fairly bummed

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