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February 21, 2013 at 12:20 PM EST
Acquired Distaste: 8 Companies That Lost Their Luster After Being Bought Out
The corporate acquisition is the end game for many a small company. When manufacturing a product of by and for the people even the noblest startups have dollar signs in their eyes once the market value hits nine digits. So when the inevitable buyout commences the starry-eyed dreamers are replaced with the pursed-lip marketers and bottom lines start trumping top priorities. As a result the topflight product -- once lovingly manufactured out of the inventor’s own garage -- takes a dive in both quality and cachet when it hits the assembly line overseas. Here are eight examples of businesses ...
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