How Do Horrible Tech Products Keep Getting Made?

Ever spent good money on something that left you ultimately unsatisfied? Oh, don’t feel bad. We all have. Bad dinners, lame movies, and useless tech are on my list for biggest (yet most expected) disappointments. First world problems, to be sure, but problems, nonetheless. On the consumer side of things it’s bad enough, but it does make one wonder: who has so little pride in their work that they’ll produce and actually put their names on this crap?

Bad dinners are almost excusable because of the variables involved in their made-to-order creation. Maybe the chef on duty is new, or the ingredients on hand are subpar, or some distraction in the kitchen is throwing a wrench in the process. Maybe the dish came out perfectly but the server didn’t bring it in time, so now it’s gone cold. As a diner, you always have the option of sending an imperfect dish back; a restaurant with a reputation to uphold, with a staff that conducts itself professionally, will usually get it right the second time around.

Lame movies and useless tech, however, present more of a head scratcher. Developing either is usually a very time-consuming and finance-intensive process. Lots of people are involved in their creation, so you’d think this would be an effective enough filter for ensuring that the end result is at least halfway decent. Puzzlingly, it’s not. Every year, highly anticipated projects reach their conclusion with much fanfare… until the public has a chance at it…

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