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    If you could bring back one discontinued product, what would it be?

    Products are discontinued all the time. Toys, car lines, menu items, soda types, etc. I would not be surprised if 80% of all new items introduced in the market each year are discontinued within five years.

    A lot of stuff I liked as a child or young man is long gone. I am thinking of soft drinks in particular here. Remember Teem and Fanta Orange?

    I guess if I could bring one thing back it would be this great tasting beverage called 7-UP Gold. Introduced during the Soda-Juice craze of the late 1980s, it was 7-Up with a slight cinnamon/sassafras taste. I drank the stuff in droves. I remember going to the grocery store and getting whole cases of the stuff.

    Evidently no one else did, for it was pulled off the shelves by 1989, at least in our market. Man I miss that stuff. Now, 15 years later, I only have a small glimpse of what it used to take like.

    I also miss Fanta Ginger Ale. It was always the rarest of the Fanta flavors and hard to find even back in the 1970s. It was discontinued in the Toledo market in 1988. I remember going to the grocery store and buying about six cases of the stuff when it was selling for 79c a six pack on closeout.




    What discontinued product would you like to see make a comeback?

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    Cyburbian JNL's avatar
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    2 things (I'm greedy)

    The Body Shop's Ananya Body Lotion
    The Body Shop's Seaweed Shower Gel

    I just loved the smell of these products. Was very upsetting when they discontinued them.

    I still have tiny amounts of each left - don't want to use them up or I won't be able to smell them any more!

    Is that weird?

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    You guys had Fanta up there? For your pleasure SAC; we still have it, and it's the main fake orange soda kids drink here.
    Coca-Cola has the main market share here, and they produce and bottle Fanta orange (not the Ginger Ale though) here. Then comes Pepsi and at the end the little producers that sell cheap soda; a market share that has been expanding lately, nibbling from the Coke and Pepsi market shares...

    I was disapointed years ago because Cherry Coke didn't get a hold in the Chilean market and it was discontinued, the bad thing was that before it got discontinued, the boys were sure fooling around with the recipie. One can could be just like regular coke, the other could taste like cough syrup.

    What happened to that Sprite with mint or something like that? I heard it was a total downer in the US (heard that it was gross). And it never came here, and considering that our soda market is very conservative, no weird taste catch up.

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    SkeL they've just brought back Cherry Coke over here... shame I'm not your Secret Santa

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    Pretty much in this order...

    1) Diet Apple Slice soda. It rocked.

    2) Trojan XXXL's. Say no more.

    3) Yugo

    EDIT: 4) JARTS! I almost killed a cab-driving a-hole uncle when I was 12, and all the relatives keep prodding me that it should have...

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    Any discontinued product?

    I want these mass-produced again. And while I'm wishing, I want the price to be low:

    "The fanatical Muslims despise America because it's all lapdancing and gay porn; the secular Europeans despise America because it's all born-again Christians hung up on abortion; the anti-Semites despise America because it's controlled by Jews. Too Jewish, too Christian, too Godless, America is also too isolationist, except when it's too imperialist." -- Mark Steyn

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    Meet the Blue Pike. It once lived in Lake Erie and was even commercially fished, but became extinct in the 1960's. Legend has it that it tasted even better than lake perch.

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    One word...JARTS.
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    Legal Full Auto Machine Guns for Children - I love this country!

    The sweet ozone layer destroying stray cat harassing Lark M19-A BB Gun Machine Gun.

    This bad boy used cans of The evil Chlorofluorocarbon R-12 FREON to push 3000 bb's a minute down a very smooth and loose barrel. I could buy three cans of Freon, 10,000 bbs and a case of beer for $20.00 in the early 80's. Can you even envision having that much fun on a Saturday night with your pants on? It truly sounded great when shot against picket fences, stray cats and old cars.

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    Several (alright, quite a few) years ago, the jell-o people had these popsicles that I loved. Noy the pudding pops, mind you, these were fruit flavored. A box contained an assortment of orange, strawberry, and (my favorite) raspberry. Every once in awhile, I'll still get a big craving for them. Has to be about ten years since I last saw them. How sad discontinuation is.
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    Kellogg's Concentrate cereal, in the little gold foil box. Not only was it great by itself, it was heavenly when sprinkled on cocoa crispies, sugar smacks, or sugar pops. I even sprinkled it on coffee ice cream - mmmm. Kellogg's discontinued it about 15 years ago.

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    Just one? Well, other people said Jarts, and later on someone will probably admit that they really liked New Coke, so I'll take ...

    Heathkits!

    Sure, it cost more to buy a Heathkit stereo, television or amateur transceiver and assemble it yourself than to buy the already-assembled equivalent in a store, but it was a hell of a lot more fun, and it gave you something to do on winter nights when you didn't want to leave the house.
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    Based on my one "girlie" thing, soaps. I wish you could still get Kappus Adventure soap. I bought 2 cases (24 bars) when the store told me that the company was no longer shipping that scent to Canada.

    For JNL try Lush. They have a good seaweed soap and many others.

    Other products I like that are no longer available

    Sandman Mystery Theatre Comics
    Cerebus comics in 3 months
    Panaracer Smoke Lite Comp 1.9 kevlar beaded tires
    Selle Italia Turbomatic Saddle
    Selle Italia Flite saddle with no junk saver features


    What are these JARTS you speak of?
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    products

    Pre-McPhereson Struts, pre-electronic ignition VW Beetle. I'll go as far back as the 6 volt, no gas gauge models. A shade tree mechanic's dream car!
    WALSTIB

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    Originally posted by donk
    What are these JARTS you speak of?


    Lawn darts. The sport of kings. Now as legal as the other "sport of kings", cockfighting. They were banned in the US in 1988, and it's illegal to own or sell them. Strange ... it's okay to own an arsenel of AK-47s, but lawn darts and five gallon (25 liter) toilets are illegal.. God Bless America.

    Like Fanta, you can still find jarts in Mexico. They're also legal in Canada. There are a lot of on-line marchants in the UK selling them, but they won't ship them to the US.
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    how about nuprin?

    nuprin... little........yellow.....different....

    how could a product like this fail!
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    Two things:

    Junket Pudding - rennet tablets, I think you can still get them in some places

    timers for outdoor lights operated by indoor wall switches - maybe someone still makes them but we can't find them around here -

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    From Consumer Reports:




    Sonic Blaster, 1966

    The Mattel Agent Zero M Sonic Blaster 5530 fires compressed air with a deafening blast. Our measurements top out at 157 dB-above a level that can do permanent damage to the hearing of an adult. We rate the toy Not Acceptable.
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    Dinosour Eggs
    - a Wonka candy that I haven't seen anywhere since about 1989.

    Full-size station wagons
    (No, the Chrysler Pacifica is not a true full-size wagon)

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    Originally posted by Cardinal


    Meet the Blue Pike. It once lived in Lake Erie and was even commercially fished, but became extinct in the 1960's. Legend has it that it tasted even better than lake perch.
    Legend has it that it was spotted in Lake Erie two years ago, although these might just be rumors from the science community.

    -I wish they still had Hi-C Ecto-cooler, that orange tasting stuff with Slimer on the box.
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    I would bring back pop (soda, cola, whatever) in returnable/refillable glass bottles.

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    OK Soda


    I don't believe this ever got a wide release, but Boston was lucky enough to be a test market for the stuff. I don't think I even cared very much for the drink itself but it had what was probably the best marketing campain I've ever seen, before or since.
    OK Soda
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    Dan, that looks like one mighty nice potato gun.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    Cyburbian donk's avatar
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    Originally posted by Tranplanner
    I would bring back pop (soda, cola, whatever) in returnable/refillable glass bottles.
    Just visit PEI, all refillable all the time. PITA.

    I've actually paid more in deposits for the bottlethan the contents of the bottle.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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