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why do companies insist on fucking up perfectly good systems?

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Ruprecht:

--- Quote from: Ghostmaker on June 23, 2022, 01:38:35 PM ---Why did the Coke company mess with its formula, producing 'New Coke'?

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They took a PR hit for being fools, then looked like heroes for bringing back what folks loved but...  I'd always felt the move was really intended to hide their switch from actual sugar to corn syrup or whatever other artificial sweetener they decided to use. By the time coke classic was back on shelves there was really no easy way to do a taste test with the pre-new coke version. Otherwise they would have brought out New Coke side-by-side with coke classic and dominated the market. Of course that's just a feeling, I could be wrong.

Battlemaster:
I drink RC and it's fine.

KindaMeh:

--- Quote from: Battlemaster on July 01, 2022, 09:26:29 PM ---I drink RC and it's fine.

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There's something to be said for RC Cola and other sodas being a decent substitute for Coke. The less we buy into the most popular brands simply because they are popular and recognizable, the less power they have to exploit consumers on the basis of brand, or do crazy stuff due to demand inelasticity. Way to do your part in stopping companies like Wizards from forming in sectors like the soda industry and holding a brand/cultural monopoly. (I am admittedly something of a slave to brand, whether it be McDonald's or Coke I have an irrational emotional attachment that transcends the actual products on offer. So still working on that.)

Battlemaster:
You think McDonald's has good burgers?  Oh, my friend, get thee to a dairy queen and feast 'pon their cheeseburgers. You'll never be interested in a mcburger again!

KindaMeh:

--- Quote from: Battlemaster on July 01, 2022, 10:56:00 PM ---You think McDonald's has good burgers?  Oh, my friend, get thee to a dairy queen and feast 'pon their cheeseburgers. You'll never be interested in a mcburger again!

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Will have  to try it. I do like their frozen treats, but hadn't yet attempted their warmer offerings.

But yeah, I sometimes blame substandard releases and products on the fact that companies know people will buy, and not solely on the basis of the product itself, but because they liked prior products. Or it's part of their identity now. Or they trust the brand more than they should. Or whatever.

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