As you grow up, there are products and brands that you become accustomed to using. It is always disappointing when your go-to products are discontinued. There are sadly some more products and brands that might disappear from shelves soon, so you better stock up. Take a look at the list of popular products that might become a thing of the past before we know it.
1. The iPod
Some of us may remember the days of picking which brightly colored iPod nano we wanted or the satisfaction of hearing the little audio clicks as you scrolled through your downloaded songs.
With the rise of iPhones, iPods started to see a significant drop in sales in 2017. Apple has tried to recover the iPod by releasing another iPod touch, but the only place to find these old-school iPod is in a used electronics store.
This one is a shocker because most football tailgates and college parties are fueled by Budweiser beer. In recent years, the brand has fallen to number four on the list of best selling domestic beers.
There are so many different alcoholic drink options being introduced to the market, making it hard for the classics to compete. From seltzers to hard ciders, people are turning to lower-calorie and better-tasting drinks.
3. Campbell's Soup
Campbell's Soup is an iconic brand that has been a staple in most households for decades. It even became a pop culture symbol when Andy Warhol used the can to create pop art. Sadly, there has been a drop in sales for the popular brand.
More people are turning to healthy and organic options or homemade soups. Campbell has tried to compete with these brands by releasing its own natural line, but they did not do well when introduced to the market.
4. Fabric Softener
Fabric Softener doesn't seem like it would disappear anytime soon because it is a laundry staple, but it might not stick around for long. Between 2007 and 2015, sales dropped fifteen percent across the United States.
The decline in sales is due to Millennials, unsurprisingly. Millennials don't buy fabric softener because they don't know what the product is for, so they don't want to spend money on it.
As a child, you probably remember the commercials with athletes and Olympic champions saying "Eat your Wheaties" with their faces on the box. If you are still a fan of this classic cereal, you might want to stock up.
People are ditching the classic brand for different breakfast options. From breakfast burritos to upscale brunch spots, fewer people are eating their Wheaties.
Nobody panic! Chipotle is not going out of business fully. Everyone will still be able to get their favorite burritos and bowls but at fewer locations. Although people are obsessed with the fast-food chain, their sales have dropped in recent years.
Due to health concerns from e-coli outbreaks, they had to close many stores and there was a drop in customers. This year, the company plans to close around 65 stores because they have not been able to recover fully.
7. Bars Of Soap
Decades ago, bars of soap used to be the standard bathing product. Today, bars of soap are rarely found in bathrooms besides hotels. People have turned to liquid soap in recent years.
Consumers have found that bars of soap are less convenient, and they are covered in germs. The people who still buy barred soap are typically men over the age of 60.
This one might shock coffee lovers, but you shouldn't worry because you will still be able to get your Starbucks fix. Currently, Starbucks has 30 thousand locations. You can literally find ten stores in a four-block radius in New York City.
The coffee company plans to close 150 locations by the end of 2020 because specific locations do not perform as well as others.
There is another Apple product that will be gone forever soon. Cue the sad music because iTunes is officially canceled. You may be thinking, "how will people buy music, podcasts, television shows, and more," but there are other ways now.
iTunes is being split up into three smaller stores. These will include Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts. This is not extremely new, but it is good to know if you are ever trying to find the iTunes app again.
10. Volkswagen Beetle
This iconic car is instantly recognizable and has been a part of pop culture for many decades. It's bright colors, small size and unique shape make it totally instagrammable, but they might be a rare sighting in the US soon.
Americans are not as fond of it as other countries. Volkswagon recently announced that there would be a break in sales, and a final edition of the iconic car would be released. While it might not be sold for a few years, there is a possibility that it will return to the market after the break.
11. Tiffany & Co.
Unfortunately, we may be seeing less of the iconic turquoise boxes and bags as Tiffany & Co's stock has dropped 20%. Sales have taken a hit in the past few years, but there is still some hope for the luxury jewelry brand.
Tiffany is working on rebranding themselves with the help of new management and a boost in the online presence. If you are a fan of their sterling silver bracelets, you might want to snatch one up because most of today's trends go against the Tiffany design.
12. Department Stores
Department stores are the most convenient way of shopping. You can find everything you are looking for from makeup to shoes all in a one-stop-shop. Today, consumers are still looking for a convenient way to shop, but more people are turning to online stores.
People love it when they don't have to leave the comfort of their home to buy what they need. Department stores are having to pivot to keep up with online stores by promoting their online shopping services, and holding limited pop-ups to get people into the stores.
Is anyone really disappointed about this? Crocs once had a huge moment in fashion and then went out of style only to come back ironically. In 2018, the company closed 180 stores, and no one was too sad about it.
Another problem with Crocs is that they last for so long that people only have to buy one pair without the need to replace them. Crocs have tried releasing new styles, but it is a matter of time before we see if that can help their sales.
14. Harley Davidson
Motorcycles used to be all the rage in the '80s, '90s, and early 2000s. In the last few years, motorcycle sales have declined because younger generations are not as excited by the "hog" lifestyle. Harley Davidson is America's most popular and iconic motorcycle brand that is taking the hardest hit.
People are turning to ride-sharing and public transportation rather than motorcycles these days. Will motorcycles disappear off the roads? Only time will tell.
The saying is that "there is always room for Jell-O," but many people would disagree. The classic gelatin dessert is another victim of people choosing healthier options.
The jiggly dessert is working on rebranding and creating new products in hopes of appealing to younger audiences. Jell-O will be releasing edible slime that is fun to eat and play with.
For the past few years, there has been a meme circulating about Aeropostale being the place to hide in a zombie apocalypse because no one would go in there. In 2016 the company filed for bankruptcy and closed 154 stores.
With brands like American Eagle and Abercrombie, Aeropostale has had a lot more competition that they couldn't keep up with. Recently, they have had some new investors, which will hopefully save them.
17. Old Country Buffet
Old Country Buffet is the place you went when you couldn't figure out exactly what you wanted to eat. There was something for everyone! The buffet used to be in many different states, but the company had to close many of its locations.
Today, there are only 20 branches still open. People wanted healthier options, and the Old Country Buffet was not the place for that.
As we mentioned before, people are choosing different breakfast options besides cereal. Between 2009 and 2014, cereal sales dropped by four percent, but cereal companies are doing whatever they have to to keep their doors open.
On-the-go breakfasts are causing cereal companies to find new ways to sell their products. Apparently, sitting down to eat cereal and then having to wash the bowl is an inconvenience.
Going to Claire's to get your first ear piercing was the thing to do in middle school. It was also the place to get the latest accessories. The mall staple has lost business in recent years, and there are fewer ears to pierce.
Claire's stock has dropped and many locations have closed in various malls across America. The company also declared bankruptcy in 2018, so more store closings are in the companies future.
Most people associate Kodak with cameras and film, but the company took a step back and dabbled in the world of cryptocurrency. People were very confused by this shift.
Kodak launched KodakCoin for photographers to get paid for their images. It didn't take off the way investors had hoped. The company also sold its patents, so it will be harder to find Kodak cameras in stores.
SlimFast used to be the leader in weight loss products, but it no longer the only product on the market. There are many different weight loss shakes and teas that promise the same results.
The company was sold $350 million in 2018, which is a significant steal compared to when it was sold in 2000 for $2 billion. People are choosing other brands, so it might not be long before SlimFast is no longer on shelves.
22. Diet Pepsi
Pepsi is already the lesser of the two large cola companies, and Diet Pepsi is suffering the most. It was once considered a healthier option until people realized it wasn't that healthy.
The fear of sugar substitutes is the cause for the drop in sales. People are choosing different and healthier flavored drinks instead of sodas.
23. Taco Bell
Taco Bell seemed like it would stay untouched forever. The fast-food chain has one of the most affordable menus, but people are still choosing to eat elsewhere.
Taco Bell has closed many locations to combat the decline in sales. They opened a one-night pop-up hotel in Californa, but that didn't help their sales.
Costco has been one of the most popular bulk warehouse clubs in America for many years. It is almost a tourist attraction because of the outrageous amount of stuff you can buy there. Sadly, it might be a thing of the past.
Younger consumers are usually living alone so they tend to not shop in bulk anymore. We hope Costco stays open even just for the free samples.
Fiat was once a sleek car option for many Americans looking for smaller cars. Recently, consumers are going in a different direction, which has affected the Fiat's sales.
Fiat is popular in other parts of the world, especially Europe, so the company isn't closing; it may just be harder to find them in America in the next few years.
26. Chevrolet Cruz
Like the Fiat, the Chevrolet Cruze was once a popular car that could be found on almost every road. It was even the company's best selling car.
It is a surprise that Chevy is discontinuing the popular model. Other auto companies have come out with their own versions, and the competition drove down sales.
It is almost karma from books that e-readers are declining. The sales of Kindles have dropped because people can download books on their smartphones.
They have become an unnecessary accessory, and in the next few years, they may be obsolete.
It is official, Google+ has been shut down. It could not compete with Facebook, and all users lost their profiles when the page was shut down.
Google decided to shut it down because of the very low usage and struggled to keep consumers satisfied with the product.
29. Point and Shoot Cameras
Who remembers taking their digital cameras everwhere and using them to take mirror selfies back in the day? Now, we have smartphones with cameras that are much better than point and shoot cameras.
It is also more convenient to only carry around your phone rather than a phone and a camera. You can blame the iPhone for making this another obsolete product.
30. GPS Systems
GPS systems used to be popular until the smartphone was introduced, and we no longer needed a separate product to get directions.
The smartphone is now the all in one device that can conveniently go with you everywhere as opposed to having to carry around multiple different items.
Applebee's has been around since the '80s, so it is not shocking that they are behind on food trends. They have attempted to reach a younger audience by creating an app and online ordering.
In 2018 they closed 90 locations, and by the end of 2020, they plan to close twenty more. Despite creating healthier options, it is not enough to keep up with the competition.
32. Cash Registers
It is odd to see cash registers here considering they are used in every store, but new technology is making them less significant.
Daily retail systems are being weeded out because of the multitude of payment options that retailers can offer. Digital payment solutions are threatening the existence of the old-school cash register.
33. Arabica Coffee
Arabica coffee is the world's most popular type of coffee from Ethiopia. It makes for an aromatic coffee experience, but it will be hard to come by because of droughts, flooding, and diseases.
There is such a high demand for this coffee and it can't be produced fast enough.
34. iPhone XS
Apple discontinued the iPhone X because it released newer models despite the success of the phone. They decided to create room for newer and better models.
Although they have stopped producing it, it can still be bought in developing markets. Don't worry; there are about eight different models of the same phone to choose from.
MoviePass was a movie theatre subscription pass, that has now plummeted since 2019. They went from having three million subscribers to only 225 thousand.
The membership program was suspended to make improvements for users, but it is unclear whether they will be able to make a comeback.
36. Landline Phones
It is rare to see a landline phone these days because plans are expensive on top of cellphone plans. Most households have gotten rid of their landlines to save money.
It has become more cost-effective to use wireless alternatives for not only homes but businesses too.
37. Dial-Up Internet
Remember in the '90s when you would hear the sound of your dial-up modem connecting to the ISP server? Now, high-speed internet has taken over except in parts of rural America.
Fewer people access their internet via telephone lines, which has made dial-up obsolete. Today, only three percent of the US population still uses dial-up.
Kenmore was once a household name, and most kitchens were filled with Kenmore products. After Sears went out of business, Kenmore's sales dropped significantly.
Also, smart refrigerators took over, and Kenmore has not kept up with these advances.
The International House Of Pancakes has been an American staple since 1958. Although the chain has been on the decline as Americans become more health conscious.
They tried rebranding and adding burgers to their tile, but that only hurt them and forced them to close 30-40 stores.
40. Chef Boyardee
Chef Boyardee was an easy way to have dinner ready in just a few minutes. Their canned ravioli became a meal staple for easy dinners.
Obviously, as people became more aware of healthy options, the sales started to decrease. People also wanted to cook fresh food instead of canned pasta.