Anyone who has ever used any piece of computing equipment has, at some point, felt the frustration and fury one experiences when it suddenly, for no apparent reason, stops working.
That being the case, it is hard to feel much sympathy for whatever company made the vexatious device in question. But it is worth remembering that the fallout for the manufacturers of malfunctioning devices can often far exceed any ill effects suffered by consumers. The recent case of Samsung and its troublesome Galaxy Note 7 smartphone serves as a perfect exemplar of this.
The Korean vendor revealed last week that the episode is set to blow a €2.4bn hole in its operating profits over the next six months. Although much harder to quantify, the damage to its reputation and customer sentiment could prove to be just as great.
But Samsung is certainly not the first vendor to suffer at the hands of its own faulty tech. Nor will it be the last. And if the company's senior management are looking for something to cheer them up, they might wish to peruse the list we have put together below, which shows that they are, at least, in good company when it comes to misfiring products.
We've compiled what we think are the five biggest ever IT product fiascos. But which of these do you think was the worst of all? Or perhaps it was one we may have overlooked? Please get involved by leaving your comments below, or tweeting us @ChannelnomicsEU.
Click through to the next page to read the first horror story in our cavalcade of calamity...
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