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Bad Products

Pete Ballmer and Sam Fischer are roommates living in San Francisco as well as product managers. Every Friday, Pete and Sam get together to have a beer and trash talk some bad products they've encountered. Typically, product-oriented conversations can be dry/lame/technical and we don't like that at all; Pete is a comedian and Sam is a generally jovial guy and we both do our best to keep the chatter loose and fun. Some digital, some analog, no bad prod is safe on the pod! Come hang out with us!

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Season 1 Finale - Bad Products Tournament

Hooo boy folks we made it! This is the season 1 finale of Bad Products, we take all the bad products we've talked about in the last 15 episodes and pit them against one another to determine what the worst product of them all is! But we haven't yet determined that, and will be asking the listeners to determine the winner! Vote on the matchup from the quarterfinals here (https://forms.gle/Co6NA3TRw7LjMPPD7), we'll announce the winner next week! Also don't fret, we'll be back with season 2 soon enough!

1hr 16mins

29 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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Live from New York! Automated Voice Help Systems, Bike Seats, Non-Heinz Ketchup

We were in New York for this and it's kinda a part of the episode! But if you don't care about any of that fret not, we tear automated voice help systems, bike seats and fancy ketchup limb from friggin limb!!!Follow us on Instagram and TikTok @badproductspodcast, DM us there if you have a bad product you want to hear discussed!


15 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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Animal Products, The TV Remote Experience, Couch Cracks, Adhesives

Sorry we've been gone for a sec! But we have returned with a darn vengeance! We talk through the products of animals, the entirety of the process of using a TV remote/on-TV buttons, and the fallacy that is adhesives. Enjoy!


29 Jun 2021

Rank #3

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Non-Assigned Wedding Seating, Clothing Tags, Nail Clippers and Fruit Stickers!

I'll be darned if we did not have a good time doing this one! Bad Products from listeners Alexis/Daniel, Betty and Spencer that we could not wait to talk about! Also we discuss some plans we have for fun future episodes that you might enjoy to learn about.Follow us on Instagram and TikTok @badproductspodcast


11 Jun 2021

Rank #4

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Bread Bag Sealing Technology and Notifications/The General Problem with Digital Products

Wow we are really getting cooking on Bad Products! We were planning to do 4 products but only got through 2 because we were having so much fun! First half is pretty fun approachable physical product chatter, we get kinda in the weeds in terms of product talk in the second half so there's something for everyone! Subscribe, and follow us on instagram and tiktok @badproductspodcast and DM us with bad product suggestions!


4 Jun 2021

Rank #5

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Autocorrect and United Basic Economy (slash United Airlines in general)

Folks, we have a banger on our hands! We were only able to get through two bad products because we had so much to complain about, we talk about autocorrect, which we've decided is kinda the original bad product, and Pete tells a harrowing story of United Airlines delivering bad product after bad product when trying to come home from a wedding.Follow us on instagram and tiktok @badproductspodcast, DM us bad product suggestions or bad autocorrect experiences.


28 May 2021

Rank #6

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Printers, Boxed Water and Time

This was fun! Boxed Water courtesy of listeners Keven and Danielle, Time courtesy of listener Wyatt. We shout out Oat Milk as a great product at the start of this so if anyone knows an oat milk company that wants to sponsor us, feel free to let them know about us. We have a new audio setup that Sam is excited about so hope it sounds nice and everyone likes it.Follow us on Instagram and Tiktok @badproductspodcast, if you have a suggestion for a bad product DM us on IG!


21 May 2021

Rank #7

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Electric Stoves and Hotels

We skewer the fat cats at Big Hotel for not getting with the frickin program and offering super expensive, not good amenities for way too much. Also new theme song made by listener Jordan Thewlis! If we get a better one we might replace it but we like it for now. Follow us on instagram and tiktok @badproductspodcast, DM us if you have a suggestion for a bad product that you want to hear discussed!


14 May 2021

Rank #8

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This is a special one! In the lightning round, Pete and Sam each come with 5 bad products to discuss each, with a limit of 2 minutes for each BP. These are lesser/more straightforward BP's relative to normal, but that doesn't mean they cant be as devilishly infuriating as one of the previously discussed big dog BPs. Enjoy! Follow us on Instagram @badproductspod, TikTok @badproductspodcast, if you have Bad Products you want to hear discussed on the podcast DM them to us on Instagram.


7 May 2021

Rank #9

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Live from Sedona! Keys, Hard Taco Shells, Shoelaces, Blinds

We gotta long one today! We had a blast here, recorded outside in Arizona with bad products suggested by listeners Aresh, Lorel, and Jordan! Follow us on instagram @badproductspodcast, if you have suggestions for bad products you want to hear us talk about DM us there!


26 Apr 2021

Rank #10