21 Obsolete Companies That People Are Surprised Still Exist

Companies come and go, but some manage to stay open longer than expected. A recent internet survey asked, “What obsolete companies are you surprised are still holding on in the modern world?” Here are the top 21 answers.

Kirby

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“I don’t know how well they’re built these days, but Kirby vacuums last forever. Family members with some 30+ years old with minimal issues the entire life of the thing.”

“I have a Kirby vac my parents got in 1993. It still works. My dad passed, and my mom lives a couple of states away now, but I use it here in my house every week. Thanks, Kirby.”

Jenny Craig

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“Jenny Craig just bottomed up this week. I’m surprised it lasted this long.”

“I’m surprised their stores lasted as long as they did, but not their products. I remember years ago my mom did it, and some of the snack items were actually good.”

AOL

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“1.5 million people still pay money for AOL. Average is $10 per user.”

“I honestly thought this was gone, and I didn’t notice until I worked in IT support and saw people with AOL emails. Total shock for me.”

Long John Silver’s

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“The LJ’s in my hometown does more business than the Wendy’s, Subway, two hot dog spots, and a very good Mexican restaurant.”

“Their website actually says, ‘Yes, we still exist!'”

The Yellow Pages

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“I work at a hotel. About once every two years, I get someone asking if we have a copy of the Yellow Pages.”

“I can tell you when I last got one. It was just a few days ago when it was plopped in front of my door. They’ve gotten slim.”

Party City

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“Their stores are huge, and every time I go, there’s less than ten customers.”

“It’s a one-stop shop for everything you need for an event that allows you to see it beforehand and not make a bad Amazon purchase.”

Herbalife

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“They’ve been opening storefronts that pose as small health food shake shops in place of the old MLM model. They just opened one down the street from my job and stopped by with free samples. They tried really hard to disguise that it’s Herbalife.”

“They’re really hitting it off in foreign countries that don’t know about MLM scams yet.”

Xerox

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“It’s like they have been actively and consistently trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of success for the last 3+ decades.”

“The US Navy takes a Xerox tech on deployment on aircraft carriers. It is vital to the mission to have a civilian living onboard to fix printers/copiers.”

Applebee’s

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“Working in the service industry, I’ve known many a coworker that goes to Applebee’s because the drinks are cheap and they’re open late.”

“The other week, I was at Applebee’s when the waitress came by, and I told her that my Pepsi wasn’t tasting right, and she offered to put water in it….”

Tupperware

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“Tupperware offers close to free replacements of your products, forever. You only need to buy something once, and then you basically have it for life. How do they make any money?”

“I was this years old when I found out Tupperware is a corporation and not a generic name.”

MySpace

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“I wish everyone would go back there, and we could just pretend like Facebook never happened. We could do cool stuff like show off our pets and share songs.”

“I met my now wife on MySpace in high school in 2007. Kinda fun when people ask how we met.”

Blockbuster

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“One store left. However, I still have my Blockbuster card, just in case they open up a store in my town.”

“That one store left in Oregon would make decent money if they marketed Blockbuster apparel and novelty items. If they got the rights to use the name/logo, they’re really missing out.”

Precious Moments

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“I live where they come from, and I even worked there once. I had to quit because it was weird, almost to the point of being creepy.”

“Church/Christian gift shops are keeping them afloat, I’m sure. My parents still have a cabinet full of them from when they were young and lovey-dovey.”

QVC

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“I don’t know anyone who actually watches or buys things from them. With Amazon and all the other options for shopping, how do they still exist?”

“Pretty sure my mother is keeping them in business alone by buying silly little kitchen appliances that stay in the box and get donated two years later.”

Smith-Corona Typewriter Company

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“They’ve gone bankrupt twice and no longer make typewriters. Now they are focused on label printers.”

“Royal Typewriter as well, although years ago they rebranded to Royal Consumer Information Products. Another typewriter company, Swintec, is still in business.”

World Book Encyclopedia

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“I would love to own an older set. We used to have my grandparents’ World Book from 1959.”

“They sell sets of high-quality children’s books on a variety of topics. They also offer digital resources that they sell to educational institutions like schools and libraries.”

Mattress Firms

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“I suspect that mattresses are made for pennies, yet they are sold for thousands. The stores don’t really need to sell very many to turn a decent profit.”

“Yeah, mattresses have huge markups. A store only needs to sell a few per week to turn a profit.”

Hudson’s Bay Company

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“Founded in 1670. Gotta love that staying power.”

“Going to the Bay is such a strange experience. It feels like you’re walking around a closed store from 1979 that has modern stuff for some reason.”

Blackberry

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“They do cybersecurity for car systems now. I don’t know the details, I was just talking to someone that works for them.”

“Up until a few months ago, my work cellphone’s software was powered by Blackberry.”

Microcenter

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“Outlived circuit city, radio shack, and Fry’s. They’re the last man standing. Their prices match those you can find online, and their employees are old-school helpful.”

“There’s a Microcenter in Boston that is PACKED every time I go in. Helpful that it’s next to a Trader Joe’s too.”

Film Cameras
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“Kodak was blindsided by the digital revolution that swept over the world of photography, and they became an afterthought.”

“Kodak was always a chemical company. It’s just that photography used to use lots of chemicals.” 

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