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Sharper Image seeks bankruptcy protection

By James Temple

Published 4:00 am, Thursday, February 21, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 9: Sharper Image's professional series ionic breeze quadra silent air purifier from 2004. (Photo by Business Wire via Getty Images) Images may be licensed for editorial use only, where the image directly relates to editorial content and does not libel, defame or invade privacy, and may not be used for commercial purposes without permission. Photo: Business Wire

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SAN FRANCISCO - FEBRUARY 20: A pedestrian stops to look into a window at a Sharper Image store February 20, 2008 in San Francisco, California. Sharper Image announced today that it has filed for bankruptcy protection after having disappointing earnings in 11 of the last 13 quarters, losing more than $135 million since early 2005. The retailer will close 90 stores in an effort to recoup losses. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) less

SAN FRANCISCO - FEBRUARY 20: A pedestrian stops to look into a window at a Sharper Image store February 20, 2008 in San Francisco, California. Sharper Image announced today that it has filed for bankruptcy ... more

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SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 9: Sharper Image's professional series ionic breeze quadra silent air purifier from 2004. (Photo by Business Wire via Getty Images) Images may be licensed for editorial use only, where the image directly relates to editorial content and does not libel, defame or invade privacy, and may not be used for commercial purposes without permission. less

SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 9: Sharper Image's professional series ionic breeze quadra silent air purifier from 2004. (Photo by Business Wire via Getty Images) Images may be licensed for editorial use only, where ... more

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Sharper Image Corp., the iconic San Francisco retail chain known for selling R2-D2 interactive droids, vacuuming robots and air purifiers, has filed for bankruptcy protection, the nadir of a long descent sparked by a critical review of its hottest product.

The company was a consumer phenomenon in its heyday. Customers would excitedly scan the latest Sharper Image catalog for the newest gee-whiz gizmos or flock to its stylized stores to test and tinker with thousand-dollar massage chairs or hundred-dollar headphones. The company's Ionic Breeze air purifier products, which promised a healthier atmosphere in one's home, all but jumped off shelves.

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But it was those same purifiers that led to the company's undoing. In 2002, Consumer Reports said the Ionic Breeze line, which once represented more than a quarter of the company's revenue, didn't live up to claims that it reduced airborne particles. It later said the products released potentially harmful levels of ozone. A subsequent wave of negative publicity, failed libel challenge, consumer lawsuits and lost sales sent the company into a downward spiral from which it hasn't pulled out since.

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