I was thinking of doing a “best products of 2008” feature for my next blogpost.
But the response was a bit too low for it to be a global list. Therefore I decided that it will be a completely bias list of the products I think shaped 2008.
Let’s get the first obvious item out of the way. It’s a marketing product. I believe it has some good potential but honestly speaking, this product was pushed so much, it has lost all appeal to me.
What most people would deem a footnote is actually one of the best products of the year. The “I’m rich” application for the Iphone is a work of a genious. The creator is someone who understands the purchaser of this “phone” extremely well. Of course the gadget can do a whole lot of amazing things but one of the main drives for sales is that it regarded as extremely cool. So the buyers are people who are very image-conscious. An application that doesn’t do anything really but costs $1000 just shows exactly what the name suggests. It says “I have so much money I can buy something that does not do anything exept show that I
have the money.” Amazing.
When looking through other lists of best products I keep bumping into Windows XP. I thought this was hilarious. So this one gets on my list.
Of course the Wii is now widely accepted as a genuine game console. I know it was launched in 2007 but with all the accessories (wheel, board, etc…) the real value becomes apparent now.
Guitar hero series
Again, this is not a product that launched in 2008 but it is now so widely spread that you can’t get around it any more. This is a game that really changed the way we play videogames, so it made my list.
Lotus speculoos paste
This is a regional product. For the readers that don’t know what this is I’ll elaborate.
In Belgium, there is a show called “de bedenkers”. (the inventors) A woman called Els Scheppers had the idea of creating a new kind of spread to put on your slice of bread. You can compare it to peanut butter but with the very sweet taste of speculoos. She didn’t win in the program but made a deal with the largest supplier of speculoos in Belgium. This product is so popular, they had to boost production twice to comply with the need of the market. I have a friend with two kids who told me 80% of the glass jars to throw away as trash are speculoos paste jars.
An honorable mention goes to the bras for men.
If you think I neglected to mention things; please comment.