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Fads and Trends of the 1990s and Today

Fads and Trends of the 1990s and Today

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This is an essay for Entrepreneurship 12 which required one to compile a list of trends and fads of the 1990's and compare them to that of today.
This is an essay for Entrepreneurship 12 which required one to compile a list of trends and fads of the 1990's and compare them to that of today.

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Sean M. Joudry
The 1990\u2019s
A look back
The 1990\u2019s was a decade of technological advancement, an end to the USSR, and dozens of fads
which faded by the end of 1999.

The economy grew over the 1990\u2019s with personal incomes doubling, and higher
productivity. NAFTA was formed, which increased relations between Mexico, Canada, and the
United States of America. North America was beginning to move away from conservatism with
the election of Jean Chretien in Canada, and Bill Clinton in the United With more income to free
to be spent, consumers looked to technology to entertain them. From the Nintendo Entertainment
System to the Sega Dreamcast, the videogame industry rose from a niche market to the
mainstream. The internet saw a rise of globalization, and another domain for citizens to
communicate in. With everything from Pokemon cards to Pogs, trends and fads were at home in
the 90\u2019s.

Nintendo was on the rise in the 90\u2019s with the Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, and the
Gameboy. The company wanted to create a unique gaming franchise, exclusive to the Gameboy
platform. Nintendo thought up a game called Pokemon, which led to a franchise which included
trading cards, and a TV show. It was the cards which led to trading mania across North America.
Pogs were also popular on the trading scene. Trolls, became similar to the Cabbage Patch Kids in
the 1980\u2019s and earlier. They were very popular among girls, and even grew in favor of young
boys. The toys did not grow into a brand the size of Pokemon, but their popularity did make their
vreators a lot of money. Troll dolls were a trend which became popular nearly every decade for a
short period of time. In the first decade of the new millennium they were revived with a new
animated TV show and more updated \u2018hip\u2019 line of dolls aimed at pre-teen girls.

Pokemon kicked off the trading card frenzy in the 90\u2019s. Yu-gi-oh, Harry Potter, and other
trading cards soon followed. Large sums of money were spent on specific \u201crare\u201d cards,
sometimes fetching hundreds of dollars. POGS were also a fad which capitalized on the
collecting/trading frenzy that came along with Pokemon trading cards. Overalls became a
popular fashion with many teenagers wearing them and leaving one belt unbuckled. The Furby
toy, which merged electronics and dolls, were a craze in the 90\u2019s similar to The Cabbage Patch
Kids from the decade before. The Mike Myers\u2019 show \u201cWayne\u2019s World\u201d gave birth to a decade of
shows based around \u201cstupid\u201d humor. MTV created the cartoon, \u201cBevis and Butthead\u201d furthered
this new crude genre of TV with

Due to the popularity of trading cards in the 1990\u2019s, a company could capitalize on the trading
card movement by creating binders and plastic sleeves to hold he cards. Alas, when the trading
card trend ended once again, any companies in that industry would have faced certain
bankruptcy. To make money off of the Furby craze, a company would make a lot of money
creating accessories for the electronic doll. Creating hair combs, beds, cars, and so on for the
dolls would create a lot of revenue.

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